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SPLC’s Intelligence Report: Hate Group Numbers Rise Again
Posted By Mark Potok On February 28, 2009 @ 12:34 pm In Hate Groups,Year-End | 34 Comments
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.
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URLs in this post:
 hate group count: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=1027
 latest edition: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/intrep.jsp?iid=48
 failing economy: http://www.splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?aid=341
 interactive, state-by-state map: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp
 arrested : http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2008/10/27/skinheads-arrested-in-plot-to-kill-obama/
 threats: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=1015
 propaganda that blames minorities and immigrants for the subprime mortgage meltdown: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=1011
 : http://www.unskkkk.com/
 : http://www.streetgangs.com/hispanic/
 : http://www.gangsorus.com/hispanic_latino_gangs.html