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The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that fights dangerous extremist groups, counted 939 hate groups operating across the country in 2013.

10 Things You Should Know About Hate Groups

Alysa Landry
5/7/14

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:

Definition

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.

Hate Crimes

An estimated 191,000 hate crimes have occurred nationwide since 1995—the year Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City.

Ideology

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.

The KKK formed on December 24, 1865.

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stevef
Submitted by stevef on
You lost me as soon as you site the SPLC. They have 'their own issues'! Hate is alive and well and it sneaks into our lives and sometimes is rationalized and justified. How much comes back on us when I read some of the posts that vent about 'those blankity blank white people'.....but we see that as OK. Racism is racism...there is no such thing as 'reverse racism' that I have heard justified by more than one minority.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Hmmmm, _________________________________- " 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.” _________________- Is the NFL a designated Hate Group?

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
To SteveF: So who CAN you cite that is credible to everyone? Care to elaborate on the issues the Southern Poverty Law Center has? Care to provide some sources or do we just believe you because your name is Steve and you have a bicycle helmet?

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stevef
Submitted by stevef on
To Michael: So, what does the Ten Commandments have to do with 'Hate'? http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/ten-commandments-monument-on-the-move So, if my views differ from theirs, I am a 'hater'? Hmmmmmm And, to answer the other question, no, its not the name 'steve' and the bicycle helmet.....its the fact that I am so damn good looking, but maybe if your name was Michelle instead, it might have more effect!

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Prof Wright
Submitted by Prof Wright on
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a far left organisation that has been case linked to domestic terrorist attacks. Don't just take my word for it, go search online for Floyd Corkins' attack on the Family Research Council and how he chose his target based on hateful propaganda that the SPLC puts out. This is reckless journalism to cite such a group as a legitimate source.
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