Hate Groups Top 1,000 for First Time

Saturday, February 26, 2011
The American hate movement continues to grow in size, as the number of such groups topped 1,000 for the first time since the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) began keeping track of the organizations in the 1980s.
Last year’s growth marked the second year in a row that the total number went up. The advocacy group says the expansion of the radical right has been “driven by resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the government’s handling of the economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at various minorities. For many on the radical right, anger is focusing on President Obama, who is seen as embodying everything that’s wrong with the country.”
The SPLC adds that the most dramatic growth came in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, which gained more than 300 new groups, a jump of more than 60%.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
The Year in Hate & Extremism, 2010 (by Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center)


frmore 13 years ago
For more info on the Southern Poverty Law Center, Google these search terms: "SPLC — 2011– Forty Years of White Supremacy" "Southern Poverty: richer than Tonga" "The Southern Poverty Law Center - A Special Report"
Richard Keefe 13 years ago
If Mr. Garber had bothered to look at the SPLC's "information" before parroting it as "news," he would have found the following: 1. There is no legal definition for “hate group,” which is why even the FBI does not track “hate groups.” Under Mr. Potok's idiotic "definition," the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are "hate groups," as they both believed themselves superior to the other. 2. The SPLC uses the deliberately meaningless term “hate groups” in its fund-raising propaganda precisely because it allows them to denigrate their perceived opponents without accusing them of any actual crimes. 3. The “Hate Map” is a fund-raising tool, nothing more. It provides no information whatsoever on the alleged groups, in fact, the SPLC didn’t even bother to make up locations for 262 of the groups; that’s 26% of the total. In many states, the percentage of phantom “groups” runs as high as 80-100%. Many of the alleged “groups” are listed twice in the same location. 4. Since the SPLC is the sole arbiter of the meaningless “hate group” label, AND because SPLC fund-raising is directly tied to creating the illusion of an ever-increasing threat, it is in their direct financial interest to raise the numbers each year. Last year the SPLC took in $31 million donor-dollars in donations and earned $26 million in interest on its bloated “Endowment Fund.” That’s $57 million dollars for last year alone. Since 2003, the SPLC has taken in more than a third of a BILLION dollars in tax-free cash, and yet the number of “hate groups” always goes up. http://wp.me/pCLYZ-82 5. The most ironic (read: “hypocritical”) thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority. http://wp.me/pCLYZ-7m In fact, according to the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power in its entire 40 year history. Some "experts"

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