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White Aryan Resistance

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The White Aryan Resistance is a violent white supremacist organization headed by former Klan leader Tom Metzger. It is based in California, USA.

The WAR does extensive prison organizing and, unlike the KKK, does not claim to be Christian, condemning Christianity as a form of Judaism.

The group was effectively bankrupted as the result of a civil lawsuit centered around its involvement in the violent death of Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian man who came to the United States to attend college. In 1988, Seraw was murdered by skinheads, who were convicted of the crime and sent to prison.

Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a civil suit against Metzger, arguing that WAR influenced Seraw's murderers by encouraging their group, the "East Side White Pride," to commit violence.

The jury returned the largest civil verdict in Oregon history at the time — $12.5 million against Metzger and WAR, effectively putting the group out of business.

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