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SPLC Hate Group Count Tops 1,000 as Radical Right Expansion Continues

By Mark Potok on February 23, 2011 - 8:11 am, Posted in Hate Groups, Nativist Extremist, Patriot Groups

Editor’s Note: The Southern Poverty Law Center is today releasing its annual count of groups on the American radical right and analysis. What follows is the main essay from the new issue of the Intelligence Report, the SPLC’s investigative magazine. In the story, you’ll find links to our new hate group map and additional lists of antigovernment “Patriot” groups and nativist vigilante organizations. The issue also contains my editorial and stories on Cliff Kincaid, a homophobic propagandist at the far-right Accuracy in Media group; the adoption of an Oklahoma law forbidding the use of Shariah law; a racist group’s funding of two Mississippi private academies; a white supremacist’s new novel targeting the SPLC; the National Center for Constitutional Studies and its extremist version of American history; candidates with extreme-right ideas who ran in last year’s elections; an interview with a former “esoteric Nazi,” and more. The new issue’s table of contents is here.

Intelligence ReportFor the second year in a row, the radical right in America expanded explosively in 2010, 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.

Hate groups topped 1,000 for the first time since the Southern Poverty Law Center began counting such groups in the 1980s. Anti-immigrant vigilante groups, despite having some of the political wind taken out of their sails by the adoption of hard-line anti-immigration laws around the country, continued to rise slowly. But by far the most dramatic growth came in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement ­— conspiracy-minded organizations that see the federal government as their primary enemy — which gained more than 300 new groups, a jump of over 60%.

Taken together, these three strands of the radical right — the hatemongers, the nativists and the antigovernment zealots — increased from 1,753 groups in 2009 to 2,145 in 2010, a 22% rise. That followed a 2008-2009 increase of 40%.

What may be most remarkable is that this growth of right-wing extremism came even as politicians around the country, blown by gusts from the Tea Parties and other conservative formations, tacked hard to the right, co-opting many of the issues important to extremists. Last April, for instance, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed S.B. 1070, the harshest anti-immigrant law in memory, setting off a tsunami of proposals for similar laws across the country. Continuing growth of the radical right could be curtailed as a result of this shift, especially since Republicans, many of them highly conservative, recaptured the U.S. House last fall.

But despite those historic Republican gains, the early signs suggest that even as the more mainstream political right strengthens, the radical right has remained highly energized. In an 11-day period this January, a neo-Nazi was arrested headed for the Arizona border with a dozen homemade grenades; a terrorist bomb attack on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., was averted after police dismantled a sophisticated anti-personnel weapon; and a man who officials said had a long history of antigovernment activities was arrested outside a packed mosque in Dearborn, Mich., and charged with possessing explosives with unlawful intent. That’s in addition, the same month, to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, an attack that left six dead and may have had a political dimension.

It’s also clear that other kinds of radical activity are on the rise. Since the murder last May 20 of two West Memphis, Ark., police officers by two members of the so-called “sovereign citizens” movement, police from around the country have contacted the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to report what one detective in Kentucky described as a “dramatic increase” in sovereign activity. Sovereign citizens, who, like militias, are part of the larger Patriot movement, believe that the federal government has no right to tax or regulate them and, as a result, often come into conflict with police and tax authorities. Another sign of their increased activity came early this year, when the Treasury Department, in a report assessing what the IRS faces in 2011, said its biggest challenge will be the “attacks and threats against IRS employees and facilities [that] have risen steadily in recent years.”

Extremist ideas have not been limited to the radical right; already this year, state legislators have offered up a raft of proposals influenced by such ideas. In Arizona, the author of the S.B. 1070 law — a man who just became Senate president on the basis of his harshly nativist rhetoric — proposed a law this January that would allow his state to refuse to obey any federal law or regulation it cared to. In Virginia, a state legislator wants to pass a law aimed at creating an alternative currency “in the event of the destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency” — a longstanding fear of right-wing extremists. And in Montana, a state senator is working to pass a statute called the “Sheriffs First Act” that would require federal law enforcement to ask local sheriffs’ permission to act in their counties or face jail. All three laws are almost certainly unconstitutional, legal experts say, and they all originate in ideas that first came from ideologues of the radical right.

There also are new attempts by nativist forces to roll back birthright citizenship, which makes all children born in the U.S. citizens. Such laws have been introduced this year in Congress, and a coalition of state legislators is promising to do the same in their states. And then there’s Oklahoma, where 70% of voters last November approved a measure to forbid judges to consider Islamic law in the state’s courtrooms (see related story) — a completely groundless fear, but one pushed nonetheless by Islamophobes. Since then, lawmakers have promised to pass similar laws in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

After the Giffords assassination attempt, a kind of national dialogue began about the political vitriol that increasingly passes for “mainstream” political debate. But it didn’t seem to get very far. Four days after the shooting, a campaign called the Civility Project — a two-year effort led by an evangelical conservative tied to top Republicans — said it was shutting down because of a lack of interest and furious opposition. “The worst E-mails I received about the Civility Project were from conservatives with just unbelievable language about communists and some words I wouldn’t use in this phone call,” director Mark DeMoss told The New York Times. “This political divide has become so sharp that everything is black and white, and too many conservatives can see no redeeming value in any” opponent.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll this January captured the atmosphere well. It found that 82% of Americans saw their country’s political discourse as “negative.” Even more remarkably, the poll determined that 49% thought that negative tone could or already had encouraged political violence.

Last year’s rise in hate groups (see map) was the latest in a trend stretching all the way back to the year 2000, when the SPLC counted 602 such groups. Since then, they have risen steadily, mainly on the basis of exploiting the issue of undocumented immigration from Mexico and Central America. Last year, the number of hate groups rose to 1,002 from 932, a 7.5% increase over the previous year and a 66% rise since 2000.

At the same time, what the SPLC defines as “nativist extremist” groups — organizations that go beyond mere advocacy of restrictive immigration policy to actually confront or harass suspected immigrants or their employers — rose slightly, despite the fact that most of their key issues had been taken up by mainstream politicians (see story and list). There were 319 such groups in 2010, up 3% from 309 in 2009.

But like the year before, it was the antigovernment Patriot groups that grew most dramatically (see list), at least partly on the basis of furious rhetoric from the right aimed at the nation’s first black president — a man who has come to represent to at least some Americans ongoing changes in the racial makeup of the country. The Patriot groups, which had risen and fallen once before during the militia movement of the 1990s, first came roaring back in 2009, when they rose 244% to 512 from 149 a year earlier. In 2010, they rose again sharply, adding 312 new groups to reach 824, a 61% increase. The highest prior count of Patriot groups came in 1996, when the SPLC found 858.

It’s hard to predict where this volatile situation will lead. Conservatives last November made great gains and some of them are championing a surprising number of the issues pushed by the radical right — a fact that could help deflate some of the even more extreme political forces. But those GOP electoral advances also left the Congress divided and increasingly lined up against the Democratic president, which is likely to paralyze the country on such key issues as immigration reform.

What seems certain is that President Obama will continue to serve as a lightning rod for many on the political right, a man who represents both the federal government and the fact that the racial make-up of the United States is changing, something that upsets a significant number of white Americans. And that suggests that the polarized politics of this country could get worse before they get better.

  • Hatewatch

    We do not list the John Birch Society as a hate group. Our hate group listings can be found by state on the Hate Map:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map

  • Bob

    The John Birch Society is on you list of hate groups. I would like to know what litmus test or criteria the SPLC uses to classify the John Birch Society as a hate group? To classify the John Birch Society as a hate group is ludicrous!

  • http://www.bpaux.org Ken Dreger

    Southern Poverty Law Center
    Attention Mr. Mark Potak
    February 28, 2011
    After a review of your web site we have noticed that you have named the Border Patrol Auxiliary as a Militia. We don’t know where you got this information from, but it is incorrect. If you visit the Border Patrol Auxiliary web site http://www.bpaux.org and research what we do you will find that our organization exists only to support All law Enforcement agencies as a neighborhood watch program like the Citizens Corps, CERT, Fire Corps, MRC, VIPS, COPS, NCPC, NATW and has no political affiliations or partakes in any political protests what so ever. BPAUX helps local, state and federal agencies across the nation in reporting illegal drug trafficking and human smuggling something that every American should be concerned with stopping. The only difference is that our members are usually some portion of a international border.
    BPAUX has assisted in reporting thousands of human trafficking events as well as reporting millions of dollars in illegal drugs being smuggled into the USA. We also go into schools and teach students about the harmful effects of using drugs in our educational programs. Our members come from many different racial, political and ethnic backgrounds and we never discriminate on membership.
    We feel that you should remove this organization from your web site to avoid any further confusion in this matter.
    Please feel free to ask any further questions to our national leadership team, we would be glad to assist you in seeking the truth in these matters so you can maintain your creditability.

    Respectfully
    Ken Dreger
    National Leadership
    Border Patrol Auxiliary

  • Mitch Beales

    Ian FAIR is not listed as a hate group simply because of Tanton’s past statements and associations. If that were the case the Sierra Club would also be listed. FAIR itself promotes hateful positions and repeatedly lies about immigrants and immigration.

    The founders of the Al-Maghrib Institute may indeed be bigoted but a cursory look at their website suggests an organization whose primary goal is the promotion of a religion. Similarly MAS does not appear to support hate openly. I’m not sure why you believe the Muslim Brotherhood, a huge global organization, is anti-semitic but I see little evidence that they currently promote anti-semitism. I think one reason Muslim organizations are perceived as anti-semitic is the fact that they often oppose the actions of the state of Israel.

  • Ian

    Mitch,

    You raise a good point with the visibility issue. Mark Potok answered a question during the last webcast* about the question of drawing attention to hate groups, and he pointed out that exposing these ideas to the disinfectant of public exposure usually outweighs the risk that one or two people may join a group. There are a lot of organizations or chapters of organizations on the hate group list who are smaller and less public than Revolution Muslim. Most of the groups on the list are so small they do not have a Wikipedia page.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....gay-groups I belive it’s in part 4.

    I think a better comparison one could make would be to groups like FAIR than FOX or the GOP. The founders of the Al-Maghrib Institute are just as bigoted as John Tanton and MAS has connections to the antisemitic Muslim Brotherhood that are as deep as, if not deeper than, FAIR’s connections to the Pioneer Fund.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    How many union members have attended the protest in Wisconsin armed with a semi-auto weapon? Just wondering.

  • Mitch Beales

    Ian of the 3 Islamic groups you cite the Wikipedia entry for Revolution Muslim certainly makes it look like they would qualify as a hate group. On the other hand it also indicates that the group consists of 5-10 members so maybe SPLC including them as a hate group would just serve to publicize them and help them increase their membership. I’m not really sure how they decide which groups to include but you seem to have nominated a group worthy of inclusion.

    It seems less clear that the other groups you cite qualify as hate groups. The ADL says that the Muslim American Society, “has a troubling history of associations with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism, anti-Semitism and reject Israel’s right to exist,” but my recollection is that SPLC mentions many groups in Hatewatch that have similar histories of associations with hate groups without citing them as hate groups. Similarly the sorts of links to hate groups you cite for the Al-Maghrib Institute aren’t much different from the links the Republican Party and Fox News have to such groups. While it may be appropriate to include them in the list of hate groups SPLC hasn’t done it so far.

  • skinnyminny

    freedom4all,
    I’ll leave this in closing, you keep addressing the wages and benefits. How ’bout addressing the cost of goods and services, like rent, food, gas, utilities…and yes, the cars have been made in Mexico for years. Look at your VIN number, if it doesn’t begin with a 1 or 4, it is considered a foreign car if you want to ship to the Caribbean. BTW, the cars are made in Mexico, but sold at U.S. prices. All of the banks are now charging a monthly service fee, no more Free-Checking. I talked about the small business, because the big businesses come in and put the small business out of business, then when the big business find out they can’t make a profit they shut down and leave the communities without any stores.

    Again, I say, we should have our elections like they do in Canada. No one candidate should be allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money, unequal air-time on radio/tv. It should be a conflict of interest between elected officials and corporations. All elected officials should not come from private industry/practice, and should have a degree in law, public administration, political science, and/or community service worker – because they are out in the communities and know what’s happening in the communities, as opposed to someone coming from Corporate America who, not only do the workers not know, but the public doesn’t know. Remember, Charlie Sheen said it best, when he said about AA, “I’m not like you.” Well, these people are not like us, and we are tired of them bringing in people saying they are like us. And lastly, all you have to do is look at what happened in Iraq, the military as well as police left their post in droves and joined with the so-called insurgencies. In this case, since there are so many benefits to an elected official, like paid-trips, government cars, C-street type housing, government mansions…maybe they should give up their salaries and be paid a base of about $25k a year.

  • Jonas Rand

    Wow Freedom4all – you write so much twaddle at once that all one can do is point out tidbits of your massively flawed argument, because it relies on so many fallacies.

    First, a union is not a hateful group. The world is on the verge of class struggle, and unions should be increasingly relevant in the US. Unfortunately, however, their power has waned due to a protracted campaign by the government to destroy American organized labor since before WWII. American private sector unions have been eviscerated to the point of near total annihilation. That SEIU campaigns for specific reformist politicians at election time, in order to prevent someone who would destroy labor rights, does not indicate a takeover. Instead, they are demanding basic rights that everyone should have and without them, many people would not have secure jobs. Class consciousness amongst teachers and union workers increased in Wisconsin due to an angry reaction to Scott Walker’s attempt at revoking collective bargaining rights and imposing even more severe wage slavery. This erupted in mass strike and action motivated by a desire to protect basic human rights, as well as to guarantee justice for the common worker.

    Secondly, there is nothing wrong, illegal, or hateful about having a communist or socialist ideology. The progressives are not the same as Marxists, but are very close to social democrats. Still, it is not any less legitimate than being a liberal or a conservative to have radical left views (or progressive views, for that matter – they aren’t the same thing). Code Pink is a peace group that is not communist and to claim that anyone is a “secret commie” recalls the dark days of “McCarthyism” aka witch-hunt style ideological persecution. It is chauvinist fascism and extremely closed-minded thought (an oxymoron? Maybe a better term is “ignorance”.) to somehow claim that people with leftist views are not “American” or that socialists or communists should have less of a right to express their opinions in America than right-wingers.

    As an aside, this has nothing to do with discrimination, hate, or prejudice; American radical leftist groups are not listed as hate groups, because they do not generally incite violence, propagate prejudice based on superficial qualities (i.e. color, gender, orientation) or promote supremacy. To those who are “progressive” on here and accuse reactionary rightists of being “anarchists”, you are using terminology that does not apply. Anarchists, are, by definition, anti-state and anti-nationalists. The “constitutionalists”, along with paranoid “militia” and “sovereign citizens”, want a small government (i.e. a tyranny), but not total abolition and a nonhierarchical society. They still want prisons, cheap (domestic) labor, and a reactionary reversion to a time when short gains made in gender, economic, and racial equality were not present. Additionally, they have an bizarre obsession with “the fall of the dollar” and gold investment, which anarchists (or almost anyone else) are not fixated on. Almost all anarchists are left-wing as well, not reactionary right.

    Jonas

  • skinnyminny

    freedom4all,
    I didn’t address the ‘South,’ because that’s like a whole Other Country within our country. Big cities are not like the ‘South,’ which to me still believes in the past, like slavery…But then look at the south, there’s always been a big divide between rich and poor, sun-down areas…

  • skinnyminny

    freedom4all,
    I suggest you take a look at the senate/congress financial disclosure lists. They have to release this statement of disclosure for every election. Taking a look at these statements, most are on the boards of a lot of corporations, most have expensive rental properties, most give paid speeches, most have large lots of stocks (shares) in corporations, in fact, most have came from big corporations. And you wonder why most are rich beyond rich. In fact, it is a known fact that the republicans are the richest members of congress.
    Again, to target the union workers is wrong, it is all about profits for their friends/donors. Yes, they privatized some prisons. But, where do the most alleged dangerous prisoners go, especially if he/she does something while incarcerated at a private prison? Yes, some hospitals are private, but, where do you find the most specialists, and/or better specialists? That’s right a government hospital. Yes, there are some so-called chartered/privatized schools in Califas, and guess what! It is revealed on the news during an investigative report, showing some of these schools were located in shopping centers – that’s right, where places like check-cashing businesses and the like is. There was no gym, no locker room, no security, no nothing, oh, and I think the teacher was either from India or Bangladesh or something. Now, there’s nothing wrong with teachers from other countries, because they are in the colleges and universities already, and have been there for years.

    But, let’s revisit that government workers don’t need unions. I take it that you haven’t traveled to countries where the local police salaries are low and they are alleged to have harass and bribe tourists – i.e. Dominican Republic, Mexico…not only that, if you look at some of the countries where the pay is low and non-union, sometimes they end up crossing the line, meaning joining the bad guys.

    It’s always the rich guys, businessmen in suits that screw everything up. They always think they know what everyone wants. Remember when local television was viewed without charge – well, some smart guy came up with the idea that residents should pay for local channels as well, in fact, you can’t view the local channels without cable. This in turn, caused most people not to have television. I have a lot of neighbors that don’t own a television. I just cut my cable because of the junk the ‘smart guys’ like to put on television. Walmart/Home Depot type stores was supposed to be cheap and carry everything – well, that put most small business owners out of business. The point I am making here, unless you are a big investor/venture capitalist/corporate owner, you will be left behind – where are the small business loans? And for GM, they filed for bankruptcy before Obama became president! Which is another thing that should be talked about, I’ve noticed that the GOP loves bankruptcy, yet, they have taken away the right for ordinary citizens to file for BK.
    I’m not sure if you are here to debate the union issues from the higher power (K brothers), or, if this is based on jealousy of union workers. You failed to mention the tea party groups out in the crowd.

  • Jordan

    “most if not all radical extremist groups in the US at this time are left wing conservative” Conservative=right-wing, liberal=left-wing. Sorry, no one is saying all (or even most) conservatives are extremists or that there are no left-leaning extremists but the current definitions of left and right as used in the United States refer to the French Revolution (strange, I know) when the pro-revolutionaries (progressives) sat on the left side of the Estates General while the royalists (conservatives) sat on the right.

  • Dennis Nock

    i would like to point out there are not many right wing extremist groups active at this time . most if not all radical extremist groups in the US at this time are left wing conservative , and evangelical in nature these days. we had the weather men back in the sixies , black panthers etc . but those groups are no longer active . as the author of the article points out our current political situation and changing demographics have spurned racism and biogtry to raise its ugly head once more. and also notice most of the hate groups are from the bible belt , go figure. Dennis

  • Jordan

    The defenders of the hate groups continue to use the same tired excuses.
    1) ‘The groups on the list are mostly for immigration reform’ – No, the majority of the groups on the list are straight forward KKK types.
    2)’…immigration REFORM…’ – Wrong again, the few groups on the list that have anything to do with immigration make it abundantly clear that they want to stop all dark skinned immigrants from entering the country, legally or otherwise.
    3)’Where is the line between protest and hate group?’ – It’s simple when you start protesting a group of people (such as a race, nationality, sexual orientation, or entire religion) by spreading lies specifically meant to demonize said group you have crossed the rather wide line and become a hate group. For example, many religious protest gay marriage, but the Family Research Council protests gays by spreading lies like “all gays are pedophiles” and calling for the execution of homosexuals.

  • freedom4all

    skinnyminny

    How did the car companies bust the unions??? GM, Chysler and Ford are all unionized. Obama gave GM to the unions. The US car manufactures are moving their operations to Mexico for one reason..they can no longer afford the union demands! Did I say the the unions own GM…then why are they not moving those plants back to the US then. Why are the foreign auto manufactures building all their plants to southern “right to work” states and their workers do not want unions…that supports the idea that the US no longer need unions.

    What doe the corrupt city officials in Bell CA have to do with unions…they are crooks and should spend the rest of their lives in prison…OBT they were democrates!!!!!

  • freedom4all

    to skinnyminny

    I support the right for workers as individuals to organize in the private work place…What I totally disagree is when the Government makes it mandatory for a worker to join a union, pay dues and automaticly deducts their fees. I feel sorry for those union members that have zero control of what their union supports. I agree that public unions in the past did an outstanding job but do you realize that only 12% of the private workforce are unionized? I fully support “right to work” states of which WI is not one. Is it any wonder that workers and businesses are leaving those states that are not right to work and going to those that are.

    Do you not find it ironic that WI teachers brought students to protest? How about the fraud by union members calling in sick and getting sick letters from the docs handing out excuses. Do you find it sickening that the union protesters were standing hand in hand with communist, socialist, revolutionaries and Marxt in protest?

    Now that address the private workforce unions which made all those great changes you mentioned in your post. Now what about those public (Govt.) unions. What have they done for all American workers in the past. The problems with govt. unions with collective barganing rights is that they are negociating with elected officials that receive donations for their support of unions…it is dishonest for elected officials to spend the taxpayer money without any penalties for their bad decision. Maybe that was why Walker won in WI.

    With all the bankrupt states including federal governemt I find it insane not to look at every union, entitlement and yes even the defense department and adjust spending to match income.

  • Ian

    Mitch,

    A few examples:

    Muslim American Society – The Anti-Defamation League has a good overview of this group. For the purposes of this discussion, the most important section is “Promoting Extremist Materials”. It, like the CCC, FAIR, and some of the more “mainstream” groups on the anti-gay list, tries to pass itself off as non-extremist. As jgt2598 pointed out, one of the great things about the hate map is that it may require journalist, at least those with scruples, to think twice about quoting such groups.

    http://www.adl.org/main_Anti_I.....ociety.htm

    Revolution Muslim – This group gained fame with the threats against “Draw Muhammad Day” participants and the creators of “South Park”. They routinely publish antisemitic and sectarian material on their site. I’m not sure if they qualify though, since I think the Intelligence Project has a policy of not listing websites as hate groups unless they have activities outside the Internet. I vaguely recall seeing some demonstrations by them, but I am not sure.

    Al-Maghrib Institute – A religious education program. All six of the instructors got their certificates in Saudi schools, known for their antisemitism, sectarianism, and sexism. The founder wrote an article entitled “Why the Jews are Cursed”. One instructor is a Holocaust denier and a fan of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”

  • skinnyminny

    freedom4all,
    I have this to add, I talked to one of my neighbors, apparently, the union dues also go to represent the workers – meaning, let’s take the City of Bell, Califas, the council members are making the taxpayers pay for their defense, whereas, ordinary union workers dues pay for their defense. Now, let’s imagine how much money the taxpayers are on the hook for all of these management employees!

  • skinnyminny

    freedom4all,
    Wow! Seems you have a lot to say, while not saying much! For your information, unions is the backbone of this country. If it weren’t for unions, women would not be able to go back to their jobs from maternity leave. The employer would say they couldn’t hold their job for them – what, you are pro-life aren’t you? If it weren’t for unions, employees called for jury duty would not receive their pay. If it weren’t for unions, an employee could be injured in a vehicle accident, and could lose their job while in the hospital/home recovering. If it weren’t for unions, employers could pay/or not pay an employees salary – I’m sure you have heard of some of the ‘illegal’ immigrants not receiving their pay – right?
    So, why is it that the officials in Wisconsin write laws on the books that they can’t be recalled if they were recently elected? Why is it that judges get lifetime appointments? Now, regardless of the laws they write to protect themselves, such as in WI, if corruption/malfeasance…is proved, they can be removed/convicted…just like the allegations of the judge being charged with ‘kids for payment’ the scandal of the judge sending kids to juvenile for payment.
    But anyway, go ahead, blame the unions, when all you have to do is look at Califas, when Schwarzenegger was guv, the Hollywood SAG/AFTRA went on strike, and Califas has never been the same. The auto industry and other industries broke unions, then the industries filed bankruptcy/received bailouts and left the country. Then while you’re at it, look at the professional ball associations, they are bringing in ballplayers from other countries with less pay/benefits. Look at Walmart, that didn’t want workers to unionize-then look at the service/products you get. Oh, but let’s not stop there, look at killercoke.org and see how the corps are treating its workers, like say, Colombia, that’s right, they use mercenaries against the workers and their families trying to unionize. And don’t blame the union workers pensions for the cost to states, look at management/elected officials, i.e., Rizzo from the City of Bell is accused/facing trial for embezzlement of public funds, alleged to have set himself up to receive at least one million in yearly retirement salary/benefits – now, can a rank and file employee receive this type of pension, I don’t think so, at least, not without someone from the top approving it. And as far as the dues being taken automatically from their checks, I’ve seen a person paycheck, and it is obvious, they involuntary take out money for their retirement.

    So, I will say this, if the teachers are all given pink slips, don’t you think that these jobs may be outsourced as well?

  • freedom4all

    Don’t you think it is a little ironic that the Muslim Brotherhood is not on the hate list…talk about hate…all they want to do is kill us!!!! Could it be because SPLC doesn’t want it to look like they are going after a minority group?

  • freedom4all

    You progressives cannot deal with facts…but you love to name call! You spew hate when people don’t think like you do. What is sad is SPLC trying to legitimize a HATE list and calling our peaceful organizations that support the US Constitution. You should be calling out those progressive organizations like UNIONS (SEIU & AFL/CIO), changeofcolor.org, moveon.org, SDS, media matters, code pink all these socialist, communist, marxist organizations that want to destroy Capitalism. SPLC calls out organizations that do NOT support the progressive ideals of “New World Order” of “Workers of the World Unite.” If you looked at different views and truly supported diversity you would become better educated. How do you feel about your union spending you money to support Socialism…The president of the AFL/CIO, Richard Trumka, is an open practicing socialist and brags about visiting with Obama two or three times a week…do you find it ironic that Obama has not met with six of his cabinet members the last two years. How about that devout communist that Obama named his Green Czar before he fired him.

    Progressive want move their so-called agenda through “scar tactics” by using the KKK as a target. Do you idiots realize that it was the democratic party that supported great progressive concepts of race separation, KKK, Woodrow Wilson’s segregated military, George Wallace standing in the doors of UofA to block black students.

    Why can you not support free speech…not hate speech that was just demonstrated in the WI State Capital building.

    You all say that Fox NEWS lies but cannot name one time when they actually did…by the way check with Media Matters who is funded by that good old American, George Soros…LOL.

    Why does’t SPLC track all those leftist HATE groups that are calling for the over throw of the US Govt. and capitalism? Oh yea, they are on your side. Why would SPLC put Obama’s Chicago church, remember Rev. Wright, on the hate list…Wasn’t it Rev Wright that said “God Damn the America”. Oh yea, he is on your side.

    BTW…I am not a member of any organization like the Tea Party, Oath Keepers, Republican party…I am just a grateful and proud American who believes that people take personal responsibility for their lives and stop blaming everyone that does not agree with your progressive, government is the answer to your problems. MLK would be ashamed of you and your inability to take advantage of you life. But unlike most of you, I do read and study many views that differ from mine! Why don’t you try if some day and better education yourself…oh yea, that is the Government’s job.

  • jgt2598

    Ian,
    You would think so, but sometimes high ranking members of these kinds of groups manage to weave there way into more mainstream media. Take this article for example: http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....becks-help featuring Glenn Beck (when I said ‘more mainstream’ I meant pseudo-relevant, as opposed to completely irrelevant).

  • Mitch Beales

    Ian perhaps you could enlighten us about the Islamist organizations you believe should be included on the SPLCs list of hate groups. I’m sure if you can provide appropriate information SPLC would be interested.

  • Ian

    igt2598,

    I think – again, I may be wrong – an organization can be linked to criminal activity, but still be legal. Aryan Nations, for example, was a breeding ground for violent extremists, but the organization itself was not illegal because their purpose was to engage in protected speech, not committing crimes. By contrast, simply belonging to, say, al Qaeda is illegal.

    I do not think there is any danger of many hate groups trying to pass themselves off as valid sources. It may be a danger when you’re talkiong about a group like the FRC, FAIR, or the CCC, but I don’t think anyone in the media is going to quote the National Socialist Movement, a Klan group, or the Westboro Baptist Church.

  • jgt2598

    Ian,
    I think that criminal organizations do count towards the list (a few groups on the list have been linked to criminal activity) but for the most part the list exists to assure that lying, hate spewing, bigots (the Family Research Council for example) can’t pass themselves off as ‘valid, non-bias sources’ (which would be pretty hard for someone like al Qaeda or the Aryan Brotherhood). I believe this is the same reason that many racist gangs don’t appear on the list, as they are already incapable of passing themselves off as ‘valid sources’ (nor would they try to).

  • Ian

    Someone can feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I do not thing criminal organizations count towards the hate group list. The Aryan Brotherhood and other gangs, for example, aren’t counted and I think the same would apply to al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, etc.

    I still think more Islamist organizations should qualify, but it’s a bit hard to keep track of illegal organizations.

  • jgt2598

    “Personally I am sick of the hate on all sides.” You’re sick of the anti-bigots hating the bigots? And where exactly is the middle ground of “I want to take away your rights (and possibly kill you).” and “I want equality (and don’t want to die).” Are minorities supposed to except half-rights? And how exactly are we going to half-die? As for Capuano’s comment (note: singular), that is violent rhetoric and he rightfully apologized (if he keeps making these comments consistently he probably will end up on SPLC’s list of extremists), now I want S. Palin, R. Limbaugh, and G. Beck apologize for their dozens of comments (and they have been making these comments consistently and still aren’t on the list).

  • jgt2598

    “Umm, the groups you are referring to are initally formed because of outrageous spending, leading to increased taxation. In no reference I’ve ever found does it state the reason for the emergence of these groups was due to race or resentment thereof.” Yeah, that’s why they say things like: “Some day, their separation from us will be complete, and eternal. This is a good place and time to begin their weaning. While they’re young. While their mushy minds are still malleable. While you can fit more of them into the boxcars, if you stack them right.”
    -White Revolution, 2003
    The reason for said groups being designated hate groups is because they all want some passive group dead or gone, the source is the hate groups own words which are referrenced in the Intelligence Report file about the national organization or in articles such as this one:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....ard-liners

    Now, assuming that none of you are members of a hate group, what is your reason for defending hundreds of thousands (maybe almost one million) Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, Christian Identitiests, Nativists, Black Supremecists, White Nationalists, Anarchists, and religious fanatics?

  • Shari Bryson

    And now he admits and says he regrets his rhetoric. So see its this kind of flippant words which keep the hate going on both sides. we must hear twice and speak once while tasting our words as others may taste them. Personally I am sick of the hate on all sides.
    http://www.boston.com/news/pol.....w_say.html

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Oh no….too…much…WHINING!!!

    Ok first of all, Rodney. PLEASE, PLEASE give us a list of left-wing extremist groups in the US, along with this supposed laundry list of left-wing terrorist acts I keep hearing about. If you would be so kind as to post this, you would be the first to do so. You have no idea how many times someone comes on here whining about how the SPLC doesn’t do anything about “left-wing” domestic terrorists, and then disappears when people ask them to post some evidence.

    And Tony….

    Tony said,

    “I brought up 2001 because Al Qaeda killed more Americans in a day than a generation of right wingers. ”

    Yes, in one year, in an unprecedented type of terrorist attack. Imagine how many people would have been killed had more right-wing terror plots been successful. One is more likely to be killed by a home-grown terrorist(even if that in general is very unlikely) than a member of Al Qaeda. Luckily, American terrorists tend to be incompetent.

  • jgt2598

    Correction: The second sentence is a quote of Michael. Quotes were dropped.

  • jgt2598

    “It does not qualify the hate groups being tracked as only American, or domestic, though that is all it talks about.”
    Yeah it does : “The Southern Poverty Law Center is today releasing its annual count of groups on the American radical right and analysis.” Please note the word “American”.
    One could also create the same list and call it the Love Group List, as in groups loving freedom, America, history.
    1)Freedom – every group on this list wants to take away at least one (usually more) passive (race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation) group’s freedom and rights (sometimes including the right to live).
    2)America – almost half of these groups openly hate America and cry for its downfall (especially the ones who call themselves “patriots” and call for anarchy)
    3)History – The vast majority of these groups have no idea what history even means. The white supremecists say only whites advanced human society, the black supremecists say only blacks advanced human society, the Christian Identity movement claims that Jesus was European, the neo-confeds say that the civil war wasn’t about slavery (even though the confederate constitution specifically affirms and supports slavery’s legality THREE TIMES)
    4) Bank accounts – the SPLC makes no money releasing lists of hate groups, they do it as a service so that sane individuals know when bias, hate filled morons try to pass themselves off as ‘valid sources’

    Maybe if you actually read a few of the (insane) things that these hate groups say, you’d understand why they’re on the list. I know you won’t go look for yourself, so I’ve taken the liberty of posting a few of their comments here:
    EURO (European – American Unity and Rights Organization) lauding Nazi Germany
    “The beautiful Germany of the 1930s with blonde children happily running through every village has been replaced with a multi-racial cesspool. Out of work Africans can be seen shuffling along the same streets, which used to be clean and safe in the days of the National Socialists. One day, people in Germany will grow tired of the politically correct police state that is destroying their lives. They will recover their national pride and start speaking the truth about their past regardless of what the militant lesbians or thought police tell them.”
    — Ian Mosley, whitecivilrights.com, Oct. 30, 2007
    League of the South
    “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”
    — Jack Kershaw, League of the South board member, 1998
    America’s Promise Ministries
    “America’s greatness … didn’t come from the blacks. It didn’t come from the Asians, and it certainly didn’t come from the Jews. They [the Jews] wanted to become a part of our nation because of the light. Now, they want it because of greed.”
    — Dave Barley sermon, 2001
    Nation of Islam
    “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn’t a great man for me as a black person, but he was a great German. Now, I’m not proud of Hitler’s evils against Jewish people, but that’s a matter of record. He raised Germany up from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.”
    — Louis Farrakhan, radio interview, March 11, 1984
    “Only inferior White women date outside of their race. Be proud of your heritage, don’t be a race-mixing slut!”
    — Kingdom Identity Ministries sticker
    “We pray that the JEW bastards who were part and parcel of this sham and that their willing white minions all choke on those possessions and die a most miserable, disease ridden life and that this curse goes to the tenth generation of each of these JEW bastards!”
    — Watchdog National Socialist Forum letter on the civil suit verdict, 2000

  • skinnyminny

    BigDaddyDK,
    Interesting you just had to mention the Black Panthers! Is that it, you’re afraid of black people? Hehehe, funny because they haven’t done anything to warrant attention in the news. It’s the right-wing type people who are constantly in the news. Oh, and don’t think we didn’t hear about Limbaugh comparing the Wisconsin protesters to the Muslim Brotherhood. But, here’s an interesting question, do you think that the policies/racism/discrimination in this country is responsible for a lot of the minority groups trying to find ways to fight back, which causes them to end up on these type lists? You mentioned “cracker babies,” so, how many ‘cracker babies’ have been killed?

    It’s interesting how people that have not really brought attention to themselves are being targeted – when you focus on one particular group that hasn’t made the news, you tend to miss another that should be making the news.

    Here’s the reason why I asked if maybe the policies in this country is creating the problems, allegedly this guy is an American. “BBC Wilders Documentary Promotes Extremists and Members of Extremist Groups,” http://hurryupharry.org/2011/0.....st-groups/ Here, it is alleged that Sheik Kalid Yasim says, “We don’t need to go to christians or the Jews debating with them about the filth which they believe…There’s no such thing as a Muslim having a non-Muslim friend. If you prefer the clothing of the kafirs over the clothing of the Muslims, most of these names that’s on most of these clothing is faggots, homosexual, and lesbians…Deterrent effect of public beheadings and amputations – people can see, people without hands, people can see in public heads rolling down the street…He allegedly accuses missionaries from WHO and christian groups of putting the Aids virus in the medicine of African people…

    But, again, I don’t know if everyone is out to get attention and make a name for themselves, or if they are serious about some of the things they say. All I am saying is, it’s time to stop blaming all minorities for all of our problems.

  • Jonas Rand

    Michael, how does the …uh…National Socialist Movement love America, freedom, or history? Or maybe the neo-Confederate movement. They really love America. Right, that’s why the Confederates wanted to secede from America, because they loved it so much.

  • Shari Bryson

    @Horbert Cramps
    Dear Sir, I have no, let me repeat no bias here. I simply was stating that both camps are guilty at provocation. Take your own ideologies and predilections and shove it.
    I have great tolerance for much except when it comes to judgmental people such as your self. This is the problem to many false judgments especially people who hate our Blessed and G-d given President Obama. Of which I do not rather, I do keep him in my thoughts and prayers. You Sir, have no idea who you were talking to. As well as, the point of the posted link was to show people should be careful with their every word these days on both sides, even more on all sides. Shalom

  • Michael

    What does it take to NOT make this list? One could also create the same list and call it the Love Group List, as in groups loving freedom, America, history, or any of the opposites the SPLC designates itself to represent, but that wouldn’t appeal to the target demographic, which looks for the smallest reason to shout “persecution” in the name of money, fame or power at other’s expense.

    You can add one more group to the list: My dog and I (since a ‘group’ has to consist of more than 1) hate the idea of a group of people doing nothing but trying to assemble idiotic, divisive lists that don’t achieve anything positive whatsoever, except in their own minds and bank accounts.

  • Tony

    In my 3rd paragraph, I meant to write

    “It does not qualify the hate groups being tracked as only American, or domestic, though that is all it talks about”

  • Tony

    The editors note before this press release says nothing about “domestic” it says “American” and points the reader to a hate group map. I find that at best equivocal. If a group is operating here that should be enough to be listed included on that map.

    The release itself says nothing about limiting itself to just “American” or “domestic” groups.

    Moreover, if the report you are talking about, Horbert, is the one titled _The Year in Hate & Extremism, 2010_ you are wrong. It does not qualify hate groups as only American, or domestic, though that is all it talks about.

    SLPC advertises that it tracks “hate groups” but limits itself to “right wing” and “domestic” ones, that’s really intentionally misleading.

    I came to this site after hearing an interview on NPR this morning by a representative of this group. Nothing he said made it clear to me that he was only dealing with domestic right wing organizations. Maybe I missed it while I was making my coffee, but if he did it was parenthetical, not a clear declaration of his mission.

    That is misleading. They are masquerading as objective, against all hate, but care only about a subset of “hate groups”

  • Hatewatch

    We list several “minuteman” groups as Nativist Extremist groups:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....extremists

    We list the New Black Panther Party as a hate group:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....ther-party

  • Conservative Girly

    I hate to have to disagree with your well-thought-out and logical arguments against the hate groups in the country.

    Well, I’ll actually enjoy it. I admit you lost all credibility with me when the first thing you listed as reasons for the “hate” groups you have listed is “driven by resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country.” Umm, the groups you are referring to are initally formed because of outrageous spending, leading to increased taxation. In no reference I’ve ever found does it state the reason for the emergence of these groups was due to race or resentment thereof. If you have found some, please cite your sources.

    I skimmed the rest of your article, noticing not a whole lot of references to any credible source (slanted or not), and will have to assume your blog is the result of one individual’s feelings on the changes in the country, with no substantive facts to back it up.

    Ultimately, very disappointed. I was looking forward to reading some well-thought-out, logical arguments that would convince me that someone who has a difference of opinion would be able to discuss logic; but instead, find someone who wants to push their “feelings” as facts.

  • BigDaddyDK

    Interesting that you profile Minutemen and Pro-legal immigration groups as “hate groups” but you conveniently leave out Black Panther and other similar groups that intimidate people at voting precincts, advocate “killing cracker babies”, etc. Seems your analysis of what constitutes a domestic terrorist is pretty one-sided.

  • Horbert Cramps

    Tony, I don’t think you know what ‘objectivity’ means if you believe that an organization that tracks the activity of American hate groups has lost theirs because they excluded a foreign terrorist organization.

    Nor does highlighting who killed the most Americans actually apply to a report on the current state of hate groups in America.

    And yes, the report does state its focus is American organizations.

  • Horbert Cramps

    at these ridiculous attempts to find hypocrisy.

    Shary, you are confused if you think that an organization is not permitted to develop its own agenda. The SPLC focuses on tracking a particular kind of political activity, it is not obligated to highlight violent rhetoric of all kinds.

    Furthermore, the article you link to is completely impoverished in its arguments. The author is so quick to succumb to the joy of having found a Democrat using a word with violent implications, ‘bloody’, that there’s little context or suggestion of intent issued with the quote. The quote can just as easily be interpreted to mean that union protestors have to accept violence being done to them in their struggle for change. The fact that you are so willing to interpret the statement as ‘implying that unions have to do violence’ when the piece has a complete absence of interpretation displays your own ideologies and predilections.

  • Rodney

    Since this story is specifically about right wing hate groups the bias of this article is apparent, unless there is also an article about the violence of left wing hate groups that I am not aware of, The sponsoring group for this article is simply exposing their political bias.

  • Tony

    The press release said “Hate groups” it did not limit itself to “domestic.”

    I brought up 2001 because Al Qaeda killed more Americans in a day than a generation of right wingers.

    I am skeptical about SLPC’s objectivity, and am curious about whether they have demonstrated that over the years.

    By the way, the “American government” as you call it, and law enforcement agencies do police far right domestic hate groups.

  • Rollingforest

    @Shari: The article you site talks about the members of the Union getting bloody from working hard to protect their rights. If you are doing hard work, you can get scratched up and get your own blood on things. He was speaking metaphorically. He wasn’t talking about the blood of non-union members at all.

  • Rollingforest

    @Tony: Al Qaeda is not an American group. All of the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 were foreign nationals. While there are many lists of dangerous foreign groups, the list mentioned above is of dangerous American groups.

  • Shari Bryson

    I am completely confused, this article seems very one sided. Considering both sides of the political parties are leaning towards extremism. Case in point: What about this guy wanting blood shed due to the union issues:
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-.....-necessary

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Tony, the SPLC is concerned with domestic terrorist groups, not foreign terrorist groups. For that there’s this entity known as the American government and its law enforcement agencies.

    And in 2011, why are you so concerned with 2001? Oh right, because from that time onward Al Qaida barely killed any Americans at all.

  • Tony

    Did you make one of these in 2001 if so where can I find a copy?

    Did you include Al Qaeda cells which murdered thousands of Americans that year?

    If not, why not?