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SPLC’s Intelligence Report: Hate Group Numbers Rise Again

By Mark Potok on February 28, 2009 - 12:34 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Year-End

Last week, we released our annual hate group count in the latest edition of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report. The key finding was that the number of hate groups operating in the United States continued to rise in 2008 and has grown by 54% since 2000 — an increase fueled last year by immigration fears, a failing economy and the successful campaign of Barack Obama.

The SPLC identified 926 hate groups active in 2008, up more than 4% from the 888 groups in 2007 and far above the 602 groups documented in 2000. A list and interactive, state-by-state map of these groups can be viewed here.

As in recent years, hate groups were animated by fears of Latino immigration. This rise in hate groups has coincided with a 40% growth in hate crimes against Latinos between 2003 and 2007, according to FBI statistics. But two additional factors were introduced to the volatile hate movement in 2008: the faltering economy and the Obama campaign.

Several white supremacists have been arrested while allegedly plotting to kill Obama, and following the election he received more threats than any previous president-elect. Scores of racially charged incidents — beatings, effigy burnings, racist graffiti, threats and intimidation — were reported across the country after the election. Extremists are also exploiting the economic crisis, spreading propaganda that blames minorities and immigrants for the subprime mortgage meltdown. Tough economic times historically provide fertile ground for extremist movements.

  • Glenn Hussein Beck

    “bed-wetting Ku Klux Klansman? He wore rubber sheets”
    but where the heck could he find that kinky rubber wear in any color but black? oh, the embarrassment of showing in black sheets…

  • Peter

    I find it amusing that some of the most hilariously racist rhetoric on the web outside of white supremacist’s own sites is on a SPLC site.

    Also, Woody, that’s a good one.

  • Lee

    While, obviously, to me, Latino gangs with no distinct political agenda or ideology do not fit the SPLC definition of “hate groups”, I am puzzled by the absence of groups such as MEChA, The Brown Berets de Aztlan, OLA (Organization for the Liberation of Aztlan), La Raza Unida Party, and the “Nation of Aztlan”. Though the activism of these groups vary from somewhat radical to extremely radical, they share the same objectives: the “liberation of Aztlan”, i.e. the creation of new borders and regaining most of what was lost to the U.S. by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. These groups do indeed fall into the category of separatist and, occasionally, hate groups, as I witnessed in Albuquerque and other parts of New Mexico.

  • L.R.N.

    The are many hispanic and latino gangs in USA and I think SPLC needs to address them or shut their website down for being Anti American.

    Hispanic Gangs in Los Angeles County

    http://www.streetgangs.com/hispanic/

    The Mara Salvatrucha aka MS -13
    Latino street gangs – A major issue in the U.S.
    http://www.gangsorus.com/hispa.....gangs.html

  • Nikolai

    I love my government. What about you guys?
    I don’t think so.

  • Denny

    Clearly, the report does mention white and black hate groups.

    But, are you going to tell me that there is not one hispanic hate group in the US?

  • Woody

    Did you hear about the bed-wetting Ku Klux Klansman?

    He wore rubber sheets!

  • Raquel Torres

    Rus, ILLEGAL immigration has NOTHING to do with inter-racial marriage, sexual orientation, or slandering law-abiding organizations simply to get attention. Immigration is NOT ILLEGAL immigration. People/organizations that SUPPORT our Country’s Constitution and Rule of Law are the essence of our society. If people do not WANT to be a part of this society, then they may “IMMIGRATE” to wherever ELSE they would like. How sad that you all feel so threatened by the very society you are trying to infiltrate… if you became Naturalized Citizens, you would not be so ignorant as to how the legal system and government work in the USA. If you do NOT want to become a Legal citizen, or if you are but you feel the need to attack others for simply being peaceful and law-abiding, then take the lies spewed on this page and go somewhere else. You are a negative reflection on those of us who came here LEGALLY, and became CITIZENS. SHAME ON YOU!!

  • russ

    The people in the UNSKKKK are not your grandfathers Klan. They are more tech savvy and are able to incite while not being directly involved with hate crimes. This is how they can claim that not one of their members have committed crimes.

    They prey on people whose fears about immigration, inter-racial marriage and gay marriage have led them to a place of desperation. They give these individuals a sense of control over a situation that they perceive as an erosion of the traditional social fabric. When”targeted” by the SPLC and other groups the paranoia of having their values under attack becomes a self fulfilling right of man.

    Do not let the Klan speak for you when it comes to the issues that concern you most. Do not rely on their perversions of Christianity to guide you through troubled times. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
    Persecution begets persecution.

  • Cheyenne

    Ryan the non-Aryan said,

    “Ruslan brings up a valid point. Gangs are known to commit crimes against rival gang i.e;”

    Not true.
    In the late 90s, the violent Hispanic gang, the Mexican Mafia, sent out a call to arms to all Hispanic gang-bangers in Los Angeles to “kill all blacks”. It was not a gang thing, it was a “kill all Blacks” thing, as in every Black.
    This is documented by the authorities in Los Angeles. Yet the Mexican Mafia is not on the SPLC, Hate Group list. Why not?
    The Hispanic Avenues Gang, in an area of Los Angeles called Highland Park went on an ethnic cleansing killing spree, murdering innocent Blacks in that Los Angeles area. Yet there is no such existing designation by the SPLC as any sort “Hispanic Hate Group”, or Hispanic ethnic supremacy group either, for that matter.
    They certainly exist.
    There is abundant evidence that the Hispanic gangs, and certain Hispanic organizations have an ethnocentric, racist, and supremacist agenda, and the rhetoric coming from the Hispanic gangs mirrors the rhetoric which has been generated, since their beginning, from a number of organizations (which are now established as what the SPLC deems to be “Hispanic Rights Groups” ) founders, and leaders of the past, and the present.
    The SPLC is not paying attention, when it refuses to admit that Hispanic Supremacy exists, Hispanic racism toward other ethnic groups exist, and radical factions of the Hispanic community in this nation, including organized and funded groups, and anarchist groups, were founded on a racist agenda, and some, if not most, do believe in the so-called “reconquesta” which Mark, you for one, deny exists. Take a look on the comments following your Lou Dobbs story, on this site, and you will see for yourself that there is a user of this forum who made a statement that the US must first “return lands to Mexico” to solve the Immigration issue. That, Mark, is the “reconquesta”, that is the so-called “Aztlan” agenda. It has no basis in fact, or reality, but a lot of Hispanics do happen to believe in it, in the west and southwest states, and in Chicago, and promote that agenda (Mexica Movement and the Brown Berets are two). The National Council of La Raza does also, the fact that they try to hide it from the general public, and discuss it in private meetings, tells a lot about the NCLR.
    If the SPLC doesn’t begin admitting that this exists, and it is a problem, they are going to have to explain why the rest of America knew this was going on, for years, that they were alerted about the problem, for years, and they did nothing about it, for years, too many years.
    A lot of people are wondering if the SPLC is being paid to hide the truth about this, and smear everyone who exposes the truth about it.
    So, are you being paid?
    Or are you going to stand up and do the right thing?

  • A proud libertarian

    Promoting communism, attacking capitalism, encouraging government, squelching individual liberty and lovers of Leviathan. I think this describes the SPLC pretty well.

    This entire operation is quite hilarious…..there’s 3 people down the street who said Obama sucks. Put them on the list!

  • old n grumpy

    Well snortlaxative
    As it works out you’re a fool all I did was ask a simple question and you in all of your limited wisdom labeled me a RACIST which means YOU ARE NO BETTER than the people you HATE so much.. OH yeah well I’m at it why don’t YOU people get off the inbred stereotype not not everyone loves their family members in the same fashion as you aperantly do..

  • Great Southern

    “Show me one group on the list that’s anti-white but not anti-semitc. I’m not aware of any.”

    That’s because,
    unfortunately for YOU(that is ,if you happened to be white). There isn’t any. If you aren’t “aware of any”, then there is none. Which brings me to another point–

    The vast majority of them identified not just by SPLC, but by the law enforcement agencies and community hatewatchers. Ironically, happened to be white. And they are the epitomic creators of hate, starting with the “KKK”.

  • old n grumpy

    Well according to the Mayan calendar all of this discussion will be null and void in 2012

  • Snorlax

    Some old grumpy racist said: “what about groups like the New Black Panther Party, The Nation of Islam, etc ?”

    Maybe if you weren’t an illiterate racist, you would have seen them on the list and the map, along with the white racist groups.

    All you racists do in here is prove beyond a doubt what a bunch of inbred idiots you are.

  • John

    “Separatist and nationalist groups of various races and religions are listed. For example, Nation of Islam and New Black Panther Party are both listed (look under New York or New Jersey).”

    Those two groups are indeed anti-white. However, I suspect the only reason they’re on the SPLC’s list is because they’re also anti-Semitic. Show me one group on the list that’s anti-white but not anti-Semitic. I’m not aware of any.

  • EVQT

    Mr. Potok:

    Enumerating hate groups is the “low fruit” and, in the end, accomplishes very little. I’d like to see the SPLC critically examine why Balkanization of the US is occurring at all – let alone expanding so rapidly. What psychological/social/political/economic forces are at work here? I know answering such a question would be quite involved, but I argue it would be worth the effort. The “big picture” is usually more important than the minutiae.

    I’ve read quite a bit of literature regarding this phenomenon, but have never read a clean, reasonable answer. Merely accusing hate group members of “xenophobia” seems inadequate, since humans have always been xenophobic to one degree or another.

    Anyway, just a hopeful suggestion. BTW, I’ve been receiving your “Intelligence Report” for a couple of years now, and I am quite impressed with the increase of overall quality (graphics and layout are outstanding) and the increasing depth of articles found there. KUTGW.

  • TCS

    “I see no mention of “hate groups” that hate White’s”

    Separatist and nationalist groups of various races and religions are listed. For example, Nation of Islam and New Black Panther Party are both listed (look under New York or New Jersey).

  • Raje

    Rhino said, “I see no mention of “hate groups” that hate White’s. Why is that?”

    If they did that the SPLC would have to be at the top of that list.

  • daemonesslisa

    Once again, the fearful show themselves. Now they’re talking about whites being ‘ethnically cleansed’? The proud aryan race, everyone!

    Even when the latino gangs were boasting ethnic cleansing of blacks, you could tell it was merely talk; for the gangs, it’s ALL about territory for the drug business, nothing more. Further, if these speds have ever actually read these reports, they’d see a number of articles talking about gang violence.

    And Ryan, never underestimate the stupidity of white nationalists: some of those who learn history are determined to repeat it. You know, so they can ‘get it right’…

  • Rhino

    Gangs are not listed because their crimes are unrelated to ideology.
    I see no mention of “hate groups” that hate White’s. Why is that?

  • Ryan the non-Aryan

    Ruslan brings up a valid point. Gangs are known to commit crimes against rival gang i.e;

    Bloods and Crips members are both predominately Black. The same applies to many Latino gangs who usually fight over territory for drug purposes and other criminal elements.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Gangs are not listed because their crimes are unrelated to ideology.

  • Ryan the non-Aryan

    So with the rise of racist white extremist amongst. Interpretatively speaking, my assumption is that we will see a surge of racist whites committing crimes at a much higher rates than Blacks. In other words this could mean that we will see more and more white supremacists being arrested in greater numbers with relevance to hatecrimes, treason, domestic terrorism and other ethnic biased related incidents. Surely they know it is treacherous, seditious, and un-American to make such purported death threats directed at the President of the United States( or the Federal Government for that very matter).

    I’m sure the Feds and Barack Obama are fully aware of this grave and gathering threat within our midst. Noticed that the President is making law enforcement a top priority, despite economic woes. Which I can say, is a good thing. I have several relatives in the law enforcement. And there is no doubt that boosting the manpower of law enforcement and its resources is a proven tool to effectively combat these dangerous elements.
    Should I even bother bringing up the history of bloodshed between the law enforcement and the WN enemy? I don’t know if its ignorance on the WN’s part, but the old adage goes: “to those who forget history is bound to repeat it. “

  • http://www.unskkkk.com Whitey

    Rev.

    We are not a hate group! Deal with it!

  • Jonathan

    Ronnie,

    “Why are no Black or Latino gangs listed?”

    Silly question! We all know that “people of color” only have love in their hearts as opposed to naughty White people.

  • Ronnie

    Why are no Black or Latino gangs listed? To me these seem to be more violent and destructive than a lot of the hot air groups you mention.

  • Raje

    The article says, “hate groups were animated by fears of Latino immigration. This rise in hate groups has coincided with a 40% growth in hate crimes against Latinos . . .”

    Funny it doesn’t talk about the rise in hate crimes committed by Latinos against Americans.

    Not even a mention of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Whites and blacks from the southwestern United States

  • http://www.revandylittle.com Rev Andy Little

    Whitey said, “White Christian culture is under scrutiny as is certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are guaranteed in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independance, 10 Commandments and the Holy Bible that adorns the walls of the Supreme Court Building in D.C.”

    What is it, exactly, that is challenging these rights?

    “Why is it a hunt to exterminate our right to life?
    We are not being fairly treated by the media or organizations like yours, and that is discrimination.”

    This is why irrational fears, and fear-mongering, are called phobias. If you’re interested, I believe it is a treatable condition.

    Your “right to life” or your pursuit of happiness does not emcompass terrorizing innocents who are different than you.

  • Carter

    We are in the midst of a depression (a great recession, if you’re an optimist) and this type of social-political sickness thrives on economic down turns.
    Most anything that generates fear & worry allows pathological thinking to fester.
    Hate groups getting larger in number does not surprise me in the slightest. It’s a sad reality of the stupid or easily lead responding to the challenges of life.

  • old n grumpy

    ” I’ll briefly (and untypically) respond ”
    This seems to be the norm for the SPLC as I have in the past written emails to you ( SPLC) and never recieved a reply.

    ” the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which, as you can well imagine, is indeed a white supremacist hate group ”

    what about groups like the New Black Panther Party, The Nation of Islam, etc ?

    I have been called N lover, Jew lover, Honkey, Cracker, Whitey, etc and the only thing I did was laugh.
    Y’all may as well get used to the idea that no matter how strong or weak the feeling segregation,hatred and bigotry will always be around…or at least as long as man walks the planet..

  • http://www.unskkkk.com Whitey

    Mark,

    Where do you see in any of our literature that is available for anyones inspection, do you see that we are a hate group? A fraternal, social, benevolent society that helps others in need. If you could only place the difference between our organization and the real hate groups, America would see the difference and so would your readers. We are not evil, nor do we condone violence or criminal activity.

    White Christian culture is under scrutiny as is certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are guaranteed in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independance, 10 Commandments and the Holy Bible that adorns the walls of the Supreme Court Building in D.C.

    Why is it a hunt to exterminate our right to life?

    KLASP

    We are not being fairly treated by the media or organizations like yours, and that is discrimination.

  • Mark Potok

    This message above seems to be addressed to me, so I’ll briefly (and untypically) respond: The note from “Whitey” in fact came from someone with the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which, as you can well imagine, is indeed a white supremacist hate group. Here, for the benefit of those interested, is their web site:

    http://www.unskkkk.com/

    Mark Potok
    Editor, Hatewatch/Intelligence Report

  • http://www.unskkkk.com Whitey

    Mark,

    You need to get your information correct! We of the UNSK are not a HATE group as you portray. Actually, you are making false accusations and that is a criminal offense. The UNSK stands for God, Race and Nation and we are being persecuted by you and your organization for the sensationalism in journalism. Please cease the slandering in both public and private. You have other groups to target please do so.

    KLASP