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Friday, March 13, 2015

U.S. hate groups on decline but extremist violence persists, study finds

The number of hate groups in the United States declined by 17 percent in 2014 as compared to the year before, though violent acts by domestic extremists have not abated, a report released on Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center found.

Many former members of hate groups, which include neo-Nazis, black separatists and organizations targeting gays, Muslims and immigrants, have left to spread their views anonymously on the Internet, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC.

"Domestic terrorists and other extremists with criminal intentions also are increasingly acting alone, choosing to commit lethal attacks without the help of an organized group," Potok said in a statement.

Dozens of incidents identified by the SPLC as acts of "domestic terror" and resulting in 63 deaths have occurred in the U.S. over the past six years, the vast majority carried out by one or two people rather than by organized groups, the SPLC said.



Anonymous said...

The SPLC itself is an intolerant, liberal hate group.
Their opinions and so-called 'studies' are irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

So the bad economy does have it's good points.Interesting.

Anonymous said...

The bad economy has hurt recruiting for good hate groups. We hear it all the time when we are having a membership drive. "Your dues are too high" , well lawyers cost money and the KKK has to fight in the courts a lot.