Fewer hate groups were active in Philadelphia previous year even they continued to increase at the national level, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was also the first year since 2009 that hate groups were documented in all 50 states.
Nationally, the number of hate groups increased in one year from 917 in 2016 to 954 in 2017.
The number of hate groups in the USA has risen during Trump’s first year in office, according to a new report. Operations can include activities such as criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.
Efforts to reach an SLPC representative to discuss Kokomo’s removal have not been successful.
The Year in Hate and Extremism report also examines how the tech industry cracked down on hate groups after the Charlottesville rally by banning the social media accounts of prominent white supremacists, removing website domains of hate groups and canceling services such as PayPal that help hate groups to raise money.
Some groups listed in the annual report have accused the SPLC of singling them out, not because they are hateful, but due to their conservative views.
According to the SPLC data, 2017 had the fourth-highest number of hate groups in the country since 1999.
Dawud Walid, the MI executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said white nationalist groups see Muslims predominantly as people of colour. Cincinnati’s Nation of Islam faith community was not included in the report. Seventeen organizations are listed as statewide.
The number of hate groups has grown by 20 percent since 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a new report.
Beirich attributed the decrease in KKK chapters to the growing appeal of the alt-right, a loosely knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis who advocate a white ethnostate. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“When you consider that only days into 2018, Trump called African countries ‘s-holes, ‘ it’s clear he’s not changing his tune”.
White nationalist groups also grew at significant rates past year, Beirich said.
The KKK’s recent recruitment drive isn’t doing the organization’s membership rolls much good, according to the New York Post.
The SPLC defines a hate group as an organization whose beliefs or practices “attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics”.
The report also revealed that anti-Muslim groups increased for the third year in a row, to 114 from 101 in 2016, when Trump marked his presidential campaign with a promise to close the country’s doors to Muslims.
“Trump not only energized white supremacists, he provoked a backlash among the Nation of Islam and small, fringe black nationalist groups that see in him a powerful reassertion of the same centuries-old racism that has always fueled their desire to break away from white America”, the report states.
In total, black nationalist hate groups, which usually oppose integration and racial intermarriage and want separate institutions for blacks, expanded in 2017 to 233 chapters, up from 193 in 2016. Neo-Nazi groups in the United States witnessed startling growth, increasing by 22 percent.
Hate groups continued to expand their reach in the United States a year ago during a tumultuous 12 months marked by racist violence, social media attacks and the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that monitors extremist activity.
The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S.is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a “hipper” brand of hate, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists. But that is not an indication that hate is subsiding, the SPLC said.
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