The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) is a prison-based group that emerged in the Texas Corrections system in 1981. Founding members originally reached out to the leadership of the national Aryan Brotherhood (AB) organization in prisons in California for permission to open a chapter of that organization in Texas; following the refusal of the AB leadership, founding members chose to begin their own parallel organization.While espousing a racist/white supremacist ideology, ABT operates primarily as a profit-centered organization. Tactics and targets of membership activity focus on securing the group’s hold over criminal activity inside and outside of prisons. Recently, media reports (for example, Fox Latino) have suggested that ABT is joining forces with other organizations – including Latin American drug cartels – to increase their profit-generating activities.The organization makes use of standard white supremacist iconography and rhetoric, with some variations tailored to…
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
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