Hate in America has been trending the past week (we’d argue it’s been trending since President Donald Trump hit the campaign trail) particularly after the Charlottesville incident.
For many, it may look as if hate groups are all of a sudden popping up “from nowhere”, but in fact many in the US would be shocked to find hate groups operating freely (as protected by their First Amendment) for a while in their own towns and cities.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) created an interactive map tracking 917 hate groups in each US state, classifying them by type.
The map was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.
In 1999 there were only 457 known hate groups in America. By 2011, that number had almost tripled to 1018. There was a dip from 2012 to 2014, but the number picked up again by 2015.
There are approximately 130 active Ku Klux Klan groups in the US.
“The SPLC has documented an explosive rise in the number of hate groups since the turn of the century, driven in part by anger over Latino immigration and demographic projections showing that whites will no longer hold majority status in the country by around 2040. The rise accelerated in 2009, the year President Obama took office, but declined after that, in part because large numbers of extremists were moving to the web and away from on-the-ground activities. In the last two years, in part due to a presidential campaign that flirted heavily with extremist ideas, the hate group count has risen again,” the Center said.
You can see the Hate Map on the SPLC website.
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