May 20, 2022

Reference: Anti-Defamation League Launches Updated Database of Extremist Symbols

From the ADL:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has launched a major new online database of extremist and racist symbols and tattoos. ADL’s Hate on Display features 175 hate symbols identified as the potential “calling cards” of extremists, racists and haters and is the most comprehensive online resource available devoted to symbols and iconography employed by domestic extremists in the United States.

ADL’s original hate symbols database debuted in October 2000 with a collection of more than 70 symbols. The newly revised database is more comprehensive and includes several new categories, reflecting the fact that hate groups continue to develop and popularize new symbols even as the hateful power of old symbols endures.


ADL’s Hate on Display doesn’t just explain the symbols, but also puts the symbols into context by showing their real-world uses in a collection of more than 950 photos and images. Users can see how white supremacists use the symbols on tattoos, graffiti, clothing, as well as web graphics and hate group logos.

The symbols identified by ADL’s Hate on Display are divided into nine categories: general hate symbols, hate acronyms & abbreviations, hate group symbols and logos, hate slogans & slang terms, Ku Klux Klan symbols, neo-Nazi symbols, numeric hate symbols, racist hand signs and racist prison gang symbols. The entries also contain warnings when particular symbols may be found in both racist and non-racist contexts.

Direct to Hate Symbol Database

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