Number of hate groups in America reaches new high


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❝ The number of hate groups in the United States has surged to an all-time high, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with numbers rising for the fourth year in a row.

The SPLC’s annual Year in Hate and Extremism report, released Wednesday, recorded 1,020 hate groups in the United States in 2018. That figure includes neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and anti-government extremists, and represents a rise of seven percent from 2017…

❝ “The midterms tended to validate hate groups’ fears for the future. Even more angering to hate groups were the dozens of women…elected to the new U.S. Congress, including two Muslims,” the report read. “For white supremacists, these newly elected officials symbolize the country’s changing demographics — the future that white supremacists loathe and fear.”

❝ The SPLC’s concerns are backed up by another report on far right violence released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in January. According to that report, almost every extremist-related murder committed in the United States in 2018 was carried out by an individual who was either directly linked or affiliated with the far right. In the lone exception, the perpetrator was affiliated with the far right before switching over to Islamic extremism just prior to carrying out a murder.

RTFA, folks. Life in these United States is rooted in the fear of death and terrorism committed by Americans who think they’re more American than anyone else. And they’ll kill to prove it.

2 thoughts on “Number of hate groups in America reaches new high

  1. Stranger than Fiction says:

    One of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi groups in the United States appears to have an unlikely new leader: James Stern, a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it. (Washington Post 3/2/19) https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2019/03/01/how-black-man-outsmarted-neo-nazi-group-became-their-new-leader/?utm_term=.976c564925d8 James Hart Stern, a 54-year-old with a history of infiltrating white-supremacist groups, is the new leader of the National Socialist Movement.
    Stern’s first move as president was to address a pending lawsuit against the group by asking a Virginia judge to find it guilty of conspiring to commit violence at the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Next, he plans to transform the hate group’s website into a space for Holocaust history lessons.

  2. Ed. Bernays says:

    “The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate-based scam that nearly caused me to be murdered” By Jessica Prol Smith (USA Today 8/17/19) https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/08/17/southern-poverty-law-center-hate-groups-scam-column/2022301001/
    “…the Current Affairs editor who seems sympathetic to the center’s progressive mission but decries its “hate group” list as an “outright fraud” and a “willful deception designed to scare older liberals into writing checks to the SPLC.”
    Jessica Prol Smith is senior news writer and editor for Alliance Defending Freedom https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/alliance-defending-freedom , which represents the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates. She is also a member of the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Board of Directors in Washington, D.C.

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