10 Things You Should Know About Hate Groups
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that fights dangerous extremist groups, counted 939 hate groups operating across the country in 2013. Although the number is on the decline—there are 79 fewer groups now than in 2011—the latest figures represent a 60-percent increase since the year 2000.
The law center documented hate groups and their locations on a “hate map,” which shows all organizations and chapters known to be active during 2013. The list was compiled using hate group publications, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.
Here are 10 things you should know about hate groups:
The SPLC defines hate groups as those with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Common activities include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.
An estimated 191,000 hate crimes have occurred nationwide since 1995—the year Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City.
Hate groups range in ideology from religious bigotry to anti-immigration, and from anti-LGBT to white supremacists and racist skinheads. Most hate groups are short-lived but some, like chapters of the Ku Klux Klan, are active for decades. The most violent are racist prison groups.
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