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SPLC says number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise – Columbia Daily Tribune

WASHINGTON The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report.

The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said. The number of hate groups overall tracked by the watchdog group also increased to 917 last year from 892 the previous year, the report said.

“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The report blamed the increase in part on “incendiary rhetoric” from the campaign of now-President Donald Trump, which included threats to ban Muslim immigrants and “mandate a registry of Muslims in America.”

It also cited as factors “the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues” and radical Islamist attacks such as the June 2016 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.The SPLC’s findings come as anti-Muslim posters were discovered this week at a mosque in Bossier City, La., and on the campuses of the University of Texas and Rutgers University.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants campus officials to assure the safety of Muslim students and to investigate the mosque posters as a hate crime.

“It is clear that these signs, which were used to vandalize a house of worship, are part of a nationwide campaign by racists and Islamophobes to intimidate the American Muslim community,” spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.

The SPLC, a not-for-profit organization based in Montgomery, Ala., monitors the activities of hate groups and other extremists across the country. The SPLC defines hate groups as those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

“Patriot” or anti-government groups are on the downswing, according to the report. “The groups had skyrocketed from a low of 149 in 2008 to a high of 1,360 in 2012, in large part as a reaction to the November 2008 election of Barack Obama,” the report said.

But now the number of Patriot groups is falling, dropping from 998 in 2015 to 623 last year. Militias, which the report called the “armed wing of the Patriot movement,” also fell from 276 to 165 groups.

Black separatist groups grew from 180 in 2015 to 193 last year, as did neo-Confederate groups, which rose from 35 to 43 groups.

The number of Ku Klux Klan groups fell from 190 in 2015 to 130 in 2016. The report said contraction was expected among Klan groups, which had more than doubled from 72 in 2014.

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Domestic militia groups plummet 40 percent amid Trump rise – Kansas City Star

Domestic militia groups plummet 40 percent amid Trump rise
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As President Donald Trump campaigned and rose to power, the number of Patriot groups operating in the U.S. fell by 38 percent, according to an analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, which monitors hate groups around the country, released …

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Members of the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses after a “white pride” rally in rural Paulding County near Cedartown, Georgia, on April 27, 2016. John Bazemore / AP

“Not every sector of the movement did well this year,” Beirich said. “Klan groups fell by a bit of a chunk, but most of the groups that we consider white nationalist that are Trump-aligned for the most part held steady.”

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The annual census, which was released Wednesday, found that most of the groups created to bolster those messages in 2016 were specifically anti-Muslim.

The SPLC alleged Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign encouraged the creation of anti-Muslim organizations and legitimized them. He

Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that Trump’s immigration ban which has been

Hooper noted the controversial affiliations of members of Trump’s inner circle in the White House.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is a board member of

Senior White House strategist Steve Bannon invited SPLC-identified anti-Muslim figures such as

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“There’s a tremendous level of apprehension and tension in the American Muslim community at a level not seen since 9/11,” Hooper added. “People are really wondering where we’re going as a nation and what their role and place will be in that nation.”

Trump has not directly addressed the spike in hate crimes.

When asked Wednesday about the spike in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, Trump first cited his electoral victory and the support he had received during the election before addressing the issue.

“I will say that we are going to have peace in this country,” the president said. “We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on.”

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February 16, 2017 Hate groups particularly right-wing extremists and anti-Muslim groups are on the rise in the United States, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC, a nonprofit advocacy group, defines hate groups as those that “vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity.”

The SPLC’s findings are contained in the current issue of their Intelligence Report, which tracks extremist groups. The “Year in Hate and Extremism” section charts the rise of various hate groups in the United States to “near-historic highs” over the course of 2016, a phenomenon they tied to “a growing circle of well-paid ideologues, and the incendiary rhetoric of Trump his threats to ban Muslim immigration, mandate a registry of Muslims in America, and more.”

The group found that the number of anti-Muslim hate groups has nearly tripled since 2015, from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. Over the same period of time, the number of hate groups overall increased from 892 to917, about100 fewer organizations than the 1,018 groups identified in 2011, the all-time high recorded over the last 30 years of SPLC tallies.

“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center and editor of the report, said in a statement.

The SPLC’s analysis ties the rise of hate groups to many members’ enthusiasm around the presidential campaign of now-President Trump, whom they viewed as “a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white mans country,” the report says. Comments criticizing Mexican immigrants,a proposal toban Muslims from entering the United States, and the appointment of Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, an outlet associated with the so-called alt-right movement, encouraged radical right-wing groups that their concerns were being heard in Washington, the report argues.

“The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism [in 2016] that imperils the racial progress we’ve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists,” Mr. Potok said.

In the 10 days immediately following the election, the SPLC documented 860 reports of hate-related incidents, as The Christian Science Monitorreported in December a surge that the organization’s president, Richard Cohen, called a “predictable result” of Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

At the same time, however, most Americans’ attitudes towards people of other religions havewarmed in recent years, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Nevertheless,feelings towards Muslims did rank near the bottom, compared to other major religious groups in the US. Pew found that a number of factors influenced warm feelings toward other religious groups, with one significant factor being whether or not a person actually knows a person from the other religion.

The SPLC report did find that anti-government groups in the so-called Patriot movement, often associated with right-wing militias, had undergone a large decline,dropping from998 in 2015 to 623 in 2016. Associated armed militias associated also fell, from276 to 165 groups. However, the SPLC notes that interest in these groups tends to die down somewhat under Republican presidents, and that Trump’s specific support for many of the Patriot movement’s key issues, such as support for gun rights, may have caused many groups to disband.

“The fact that such a prominent candidate was leading the charge on their concerns resulted in many abandoning activism,” reads the report.

SPLC also cites the 2016standoffbetween Ammon and Ryan Bundy and other armed protesters inOregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as another “key factor” in the decline of Patriot groups.

Black separatist and neo-Confederate groups both saw growth in 2016, though the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters fell from 190 to 130 over the past year. However, the report notes that Klan groups had experienced a surge in recent years, growing from 72 chapters in 2014 to 190 in 2015, and that some constriction in 2016 had been expected.

This article contains material from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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WASHINGTON The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report.

The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said. The number of hate groups overall tracked by the watchdog group also increased to 917 last year from 892 the previous year, the report said.

“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The report blamed the increase in part on “incendiary rhetoric” from the campaign of now-President Donald Trump, which included threats to ban Muslim immigrants and “mandate a registry of Muslims in America.” It also cited as factors “the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues” and radical Islamist attacks such as the June 2016 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The SPLC’s findings come as anti-Muslim posters were discovered this week at a mosque in Bossier City, Louisiana, and on the campuses of the University of Texas and Rutgers University.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants campus officials to assure the safety of Muslim students and to investigate the mosque posters as a hate crime. “It is clear that these signs, which were used to vandalize a house of worship, are part of a nationwide campaign by racists and Islamophobes to intimidate the American Muslim community,” spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, monitors the activities of hate groups and other extremists across the country. The SPLC defines hate groups as those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

“Patriot” or anti-government groups are on the downswing, according to the report. “The groups had skyrocketed from a low of 149 in 2008 to a high of 1,360 in 2012, in large part as a reaction to the November 2008 election of Barack Obama,” the report said.

But now the number of Patriot groups is falling, dropping from 998 in 2015 to 623 last year. Militias, which the report called the “armed wing of the Patriot movement,” also fell from 276 to 165 groups.

Black separatist groups grew from 180 in 2015 to 193 last year, as did neo-Confederate groups, which rose from 35 to 43 groups.

The number of Ku Klux Klan groups fell from 190 in 2015 to 130 in 2016. The report said contraction was expected among Klan groups, which had more than doubled from 72 in 2014.

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SPLC: Hate groups in Alabama on the rise, including KKK

(AL.com) The number of hate groups in Alabama has increased for the third straight year and is at its highest since 2012, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The Year in Hate and Extremism 2016 report noted that hate groups from Alabama increased from 23 in 2013 to 27 last year, driven by the so-called hateful rhetoric of President Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, according to author of the report Mark Potok, a senior fellow at SPLC. Hate groups in the Yellowhammer state had dropped to 18 in 2014, the lowest number on record, according to data provided by SPLC, but a sharp rise in Ku Klux Klan and black separatist groups has seen the figure gradually increase.

The KKK currently has 11 active groups in the state, up from five in 2014, bucking a nationwide trend that has seen a significant decrease in the number of KKK affiliated groups. In addition, black separatist groups grew from one to five over the same period, according to the report.

While Alabama does not have any specific anti-Muslim groups, which saw a 197 percent nationwide increase in 2016, there is a new anti-immigration group in the state, known as the BorderKeepers of Alabama.

The report noted a small 3 percent increase of hate groups across the country, going from 892 in 2015 to 917 last year.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Counting Extremists Again – Reason (blog)

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2017 report on “The Year in Hate and Extremism.” This is the annual study, inevitably covered heavily in the press, in which the SPLC tries to count the number of hate groups and anti-government “Patriot” groups that were active in the U.S. in the prior year. This edition’s numbers are interesting, to the extent that they’re reliable; but as always, I have questions about their reliability.

It is obviously far easier to count the number of groups than the number of people active in these groups, so I understand why the center takes that approach. And while people sometimes complain about the fact that the SPLC counts the different chapters of an organization as separate groups, that method may do a better job of showing you how much activity there is on the ground. The trouble is that if a group splintersas these groups often dothat shows up as growth. (Last year’s report, for example, showed a big spike in KKK groups, but it also conceded that this was probably a matter of racists forming smaller new klaverns after two big Klans fell apart.) There have also been several cases where a group winks onto one of these lists not because it was just formed but because it just came to the SPLC’s attention. That’s inevitable, but it means people sometimes read too much into the year-to-year changes in the numbers.

On top of that, there are all sorts of questions about how certain items end up on these lists in the first place. I see that the SPLC is no longer counting the Moorish Science Temple among the “Patriot” groupsa wise decisionbut the list still has separate entries for both WorldNetDaily and WorldNetDaily’s book imprint. What on earth could justify that? There’s also the matter of where you draw the line between an “extremist” group and some plain old constitutionalist conservatives. I understand why the Patriot roster includes militias and III%ers, but do they really need to list every Eagle Forum chapter in the land?

All that said, the SPLC count isn’t completely useless. When you see a really big jump or decline in its numbers, as opposed to some small shifts along the margins, it’s a decent sign that something’s going on. The SPLC data show the militia movement taking off under Bill Clinton, declining under George W. Bush, and then surging again in the Obama years. And that reflects pretty much everyone’s understanding of the facts on the ground, even if we don’t always interpret the meaning of those facts in the same way.

This year the number of militias dropped from 276 to 165. The broader number of anti-government “extremists” also fell sharply, from 998 to 623. Meanwhile, the number of hate groups bumped up from 892 to 917. I’m not sure how significant an increase of 25 groups is, and I should note that the total is still lower than it was just three years ago. I’m more interested in a big leap within the list of hate groups: The number of anti-Muslim organizations zoomed from 34 to 101.

The SPLC report suggests that the drop in anti-government groups was a reaction to a pro-gun Republican coming to power, much like the decline during the Bush era. That doesn’t seem very plausibleremember, this is a look back at 2016, and for most of the year it was widely expected that Hillary Clinton would win the election. The report also suggests that the crackdown on the Malheur occupation was a “key factor in the decline of the Patriot groups.” Oddly, another article in the same issue of the SPLC’s magazine argues that the Malheur saga “further emboldens” the nation’s gun-toting radicals. Which is it, folks?

But as long as we’re skylarking about what all these numbers might mean, let me throw a thought onto the table. In mainstream Republican circles last year, the more nationalist side of the right outpaced the relatively libertarian side. (You don’t need an SPLC-style report to see thatjust compare Donald Trump’s performance in the primaries to Rand Paul’s.) Given that, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the far end of the right has seen a leap in the number of groups worried primarily about outsiders and a decline in the number of groups worried primarily about the government. If I were prone to probing for patterns in the SPLC’s numbers, I’d start there.

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2016 an ‘Unprecedented Year for Hate’: SPLC – NBC 10 Philadelphia

File PhotoIn this April 23, 2016 photo, a man walks during a protest at Stone Mountain Park, in Stone Mountain, Ga.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported an increase in U.S. hate groups in 2016the second year in a row the number has risen.

The total number of organizations considered hate groups by the SPLC rose from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016.

The number of anti-Muslim hate groups saw the greatest rise, ticking up to 101 from 34 in 2015, according to the annual census of hate groups by the SPLC.

President Donald Trump’s election and rhetoric during the campaign is, in part, responsible for this rise of anti-Muslim hate groups, according to the report.

“The increase in anti-Muslim hate was fueled by Trumps incendiary rhetoric, including his campaign pledge to bar Muslims from entering the United States, as well as anger over terrorist attacks such as the June massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando,” the SPLC wrote.

Asked about a rise of anti-Semitism and racism in the U.S. at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump did not offer specifics about how he’ll work to curtail it.

Instead, he referenced his electoral victory then later pointed out that he has Jewish relatives, including his daughter, and said, “we’re going to have peace in this country.”

His response drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, who tweeted it’s “troubling that @POTUS failed to condemn real issue of anti-Semitism in US today.”

Mark Potok, an editor of the report called2016, “an unprecedented year for hate.”

The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress weve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists,” Potok said in a statement.

The report also notes that an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes coincided with the increase of these hate groups.

The SPLC pointed to the latest FBI statistics, gathered in 2015, that showed hate crimes against Muslims increased by 67 percent.

Click here for a map that tracks hate groups by state.

Published at 12:48 PM EST on Feb 15, 2017 | Updated at 3:44 PM EST on Feb 15, 2017

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SPLC Tracks The United States’s 917 Hate Groups – Fast Forward … – Forward

There are more than 900 hate groups operating across the country, according to a newly-released report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a slight uptick from last year.

In 2015, the SPLC tracked 892 groups. In 2017 that number had risen to 917.

The SPLC center dubbed 2016, a year of hate, during with far-right groups were energized by the fiery rhetoric of President Trump. Trump has disavowed the alt-right, which has rallied around the president, but leaders in the movement continue to view Trump as a hero to their cause of nativism and white nationalism.

The research and advocacy group SPLC maintains an interactive map showing where certain groups are active.

At 79, California has the highest number of hate groups, followed by 55 in Texas. New York has 47. The map may be searched by state or by ideology.

The alt-right is mostly an online movement, and for this reason the SPLCs method of plotting hate groups on a map does not necessarily illustrate the spread of extreme ideologies online.

The SPLC has documented an explosive rise in the number of hate groups since the turn of the century, driven in part by anger over Latino immigration and demographic projections showing that whites will no longer hold majority status in the country by around 2040, the SPLC notes below the map.

The SPLCs definition of hate group encompasses a range of ideologies and is not limited to white nationalists at all. Black nationalist or separatist groups, like the Nation of Islam, the Nuwaubian Nation and some messianic Hebrew Israelite factions are also listed.

According to the FBIs definition, a hate groups primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.

But in academic or scholarly circles, such a clear-cut definition is challenged. For example, the psychologist Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld notes that whether a particular group is to be classified as a hate group is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.

Email Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum

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SPLC says number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise – Columbia Daily Tribune

WASHINGTON The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report. The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said. The number of hate groups overall tracked by the watchdog group also increased to 917 last year from 892 the previous year, the report said. “2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report blamed the increase in part on “incendiary rhetoric” from the campaign of now-President Donald Trump, which included threats to ban Muslim immigrants and “mandate a registry of Muslims in America.” It also cited as factors “the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues” and radical Islamist attacks such as the June 2016 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.The SPLC’s findings come as anti-Muslim posters were discovered this week at a mosque in Bossier City, La., and on the campuses of the University of Texas and Rutgers University. The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants campus officials to assure the safety of Muslim students and to investigate the mosque posters as a hate crime. “It is clear that these signs, which were used to vandalize a house of worship, are part of a nationwide campaign by racists and Islamophobes to intimidate the American Muslim community,” spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. The SPLC, a not-for-profit organization based in Montgomery, Ala., monitors the activities of hate groups and other extremists across the country. The SPLC defines hate groups as those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity. “Patriot” or anti-government groups are on the downswing, according to the report. “The groups had skyrocketed from a low of 149 in 2008 to a high of 1,360 in 2012, in large part as a reaction to the November 2008 election of Barack Obama,” the report said. But now the number of Patriot groups is falling, dropping from 998 in 2015 to 623 last year. Militias, which the report called the “armed wing of the Patriot movement,” also fell from 276 to 165 groups. Black separatist groups grew from 180 in 2015 to 193 last year, as did neo-Confederate groups, which rose from 35 to 43 groups. The number of Ku Klux Klan groups fell from 190 in 2015 to 130 in 2016. The report said contraction was expected among Klan groups, which had more than doubled from 72 in 2014.

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Domestic militia groups plummet 40 percent amid Trump rise – Kansas City Star

Domestic militia groups plummet 40 percent amid Trump rise Kansas City Star As President Donald Trump campaigned and rose to power, the number of Patriot groups operating in the U.S. fell by 38 percent, according to an analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center . SPLC , which monitors hate groups around the country, released …

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Huge Growth in Anti-Muslim Hate Groups During 2016: SPLC …

Members of the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses after a “white pride” rally in rural Paulding County near Cedartown, Georgia, on April 27, 2016. John Bazemore / AP “Not every sector of the movement did well this year,” Beirich said. “Klan groups fell by a bit of a chunk, but most of the groups that we consider white nationalist that are Trump-aligned for the most part held steady.” The SPLC The annual census, which was released Wednesday, found that most of the groups created to bolster those messages in 2016 were specifically anti-Muslim. The SPLC alleged Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign encouraged the creation of anti-Muslim organizations and legitimized them. He Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that Trump’s immigration ban which has been Hooper noted the controversial affiliations of members of Trump’s inner circle in the White House. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is a board member of Senior White House strategist Steve Bannon invited SPLC-identified anti-Muslim figures such as Related: “There’s a tremendous level of apprehension and tension in the American Muslim community at a level not seen since 9/11,” Hooper added. “People are really wondering where we’re going as a nation and what their role and place will be in that nation.” Trump has not directly addressed the spike in hate crimes. When asked Wednesday about the spike in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, Trump first cited his electoral victory and the support he had received during the election before addressing the issue. “I will say that we are going to have peace in this country,” the president said. “We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on.”

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February 16, 2017 Hate groups particularly right-wing extremists and anti-Muslim groups are on the rise in the United States, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC, a nonprofit advocacy group, defines hate groups as those that “vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity.” The SPLC’s findings are contained in the current issue of their Intelligence Report, which tracks extremist groups. The “Year in Hate and Extremism” section charts the rise of various hate groups in the United States to “near-historic highs” over the course of 2016, a phenomenon they tied to “a growing circle of well-paid ideologues, and the incendiary rhetoric of Trump his threats to ban Muslim immigration, mandate a registry of Muslims in America, and more.” The group found that the number of anti-Muslim hate groups has nearly tripled since 2015, from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. Over the same period of time, the number of hate groups overall increased from 892 to917, about100 fewer organizations than the 1,018 groups identified in 2011, the all-time high recorded over the last 30 years of SPLC tallies. “2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center and editor of the report, said in a statement. The SPLC’s analysis ties the rise of hate groups to many members’ enthusiasm around the presidential campaign of now-President Trump, whom they viewed as “a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white mans country,” the report says. Comments criticizing Mexican immigrants,a proposal toban Muslims from entering the United States, and the appointment of Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, an outlet associated with the so-called alt-right movement, encouraged radical right-wing groups that their concerns were being heard in Washington, the report argues. “The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism [in 2016] that imperils the racial progress we’ve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists,” Mr. Potok said. In the 10 days immediately following the election, the SPLC documented 860 reports of hate-related incidents, as The Christian Science Monitorreported in December a surge that the organization’s president, Richard Cohen, called a “predictable result” of Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric. At the same time, however, most Americans’ attitudes towards people of other religions havewarmed in recent years, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Nevertheless,feelings towards Muslims did rank near the bottom, compared to other major religious groups in the US. Pew found that a number of factors influenced warm feelings toward other religious groups, with one significant factor being whether or not a person actually knows a person from the other religion. The SPLC report did find that anti-government groups in the so-called Patriot movement, often associated with right-wing militias, had undergone a large decline,dropping from998 in 2015 to 623 in 2016. Associated armed militias associated also fell, from276 to 165 groups. However, the SPLC notes that interest in these groups tends to die down somewhat under Republican presidents, and that Trump’s specific support for many of the Patriot movement’s key issues, such as support for gun rights, may have caused many groups to disband. “The fact that such a prominent candidate was leading the charge on their concerns resulted in many abandoning activism,” reads the report. SPLC also cites the 2016standoffbetween Ammon and Ryan Bundy and other armed protesters inOregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as another “key factor” in the decline of Patriot groups. Black separatist and neo-Confederate groups both saw growth in 2016, though the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters fell from 190 to 130 over the past year. However, the report notes that Klan groups had experienced a surge in recent years, growing from 72 chapters in 2014 to 190 in 2015, and that some constriction in 2016 had been expected. This article contains material from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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WASHINGTON The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report. The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said. The number of hate groups overall tracked by the watchdog group also increased to 917 last year from 892 the previous year, the report said. “2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report blamed the increase in part on “incendiary rhetoric” from the campaign of now-President Donald Trump, which included threats to ban Muslim immigrants and “mandate a registry of Muslims in America.” It also cited as factors “the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues” and radical Islamist attacks such as the June 2016 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The SPLC’s findings come as anti-Muslim posters were discovered this week at a mosque in Bossier City, Louisiana, and on the campuses of the University of Texas and Rutgers University. The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants campus officials to assure the safety of Muslim students and to investigate the mosque posters as a hate crime. “It is clear that these signs, which were used to vandalize a house of worship, are part of a nationwide campaign by racists and Islamophobes to intimidate the American Muslim community,” spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, monitors the activities of hate groups and other extremists across the country. The SPLC defines hate groups as those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity. “Patriot” or anti-government groups are on the downswing, according to the report. “The groups had skyrocketed from a low of 149 in 2008 to a high of 1,360 in 2012, in large part as a reaction to the November 2008 election of Barack Obama,” the report said. But now the number of Patriot groups is falling, dropping from 998 in 2015 to 623 last year. Militias, which the report called the “armed wing of the Patriot movement,” also fell from 276 to 165 groups. Black separatist groups grew from 180 in 2015 to 193 last year, as did neo-Confederate groups, which rose from 35 to 43 groups. The number of Ku Klux Klan groups fell from 190 in 2015 to 130 in 2016. The report said contraction was expected among Klan groups, which had more than doubled from 72 in 2014.

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SPLC: Hate groups in Alabama on the rise, including KKK

(AL.com) The number of hate groups in Alabama has increased for the third straight year and is at its highest since 2012, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The Year in Hate and Extremism 2016 report noted that hate groups from Alabama increased from 23 in 2013 to 27 last year, driven by the so-called hateful rhetoric of President Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, according to author of the report Mark Potok, a senior fellow at SPLC. Hate groups in the Yellowhammer state had dropped to 18 in 2014, the lowest number on record, according to data provided by SPLC, but a sharp rise in Ku Klux Klan and black separatist groups has seen the figure gradually increase. The KKK currently has 11 active groups in the state, up from five in 2014, bucking a nationwide trend that has seen a significant decrease in the number of KKK affiliated groups. In addition, black separatist groups grew from one to five over the same period, according to the report. While Alabama does not have any specific anti-Muslim groups, which saw a 197 percent nationwide increase in 2016, there is a new anti-immigration group in the state, known as the BorderKeepers of Alabama. The report noted a small 3 percent increase of hate groups across the country, going from 892 in 2015 to 917 last year. More on this story at AL.com.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Counting Extremists Again – Reason (blog)

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2017 report on “The Year in Hate and Extremism.” This is the annual study, inevitably covered heavily in the press, in which the SPLC tries to count the number of hate groups and anti-government “Patriot” groups that were active in the U.S. in the prior year. This edition’s numbers are interesting, to the extent that they’re reliable; but as always, I have questions about their reliability. It is obviously far easier to count the number of groups than the number of people active in these groups, so I understand why the center takes that approach. And while people sometimes complain about the fact that the SPLC counts the different chapters of an organization as separate groups, that method may do a better job of showing you how much activity there is on the ground. The trouble is that if a group splintersas these groups often dothat shows up as growth. (Last year’s report, for example, showed a big spike in KKK groups, but it also conceded that this was probably a matter of racists forming smaller new klaverns after two big Klans fell apart.) There have also been several cases where a group winks onto one of these lists not because it was just formed but because it just came to the SPLC’s attention. That’s inevitable, but it means people sometimes read too much into the year-to-year changes in the numbers. On top of that, there are all sorts of questions about how certain items end up on these lists in the first place. I see that the SPLC is no longer counting the Moorish Science Temple among the “Patriot” groupsa wise decisionbut the list still has separate entries for both WorldNetDaily and WorldNetDaily’s book imprint. What on earth could justify that? There’s also the matter of where you draw the line between an “extremist” group and some plain old constitutionalist conservatives. I understand why the Patriot roster includes militias and III%ers, but do they really need to list every Eagle Forum chapter in the land? All that said, the SPLC count isn’t completely useless. When you see a really big jump or decline in its numbers, as opposed to some small shifts along the margins, it’s a decent sign that something’s going on. The SPLC data show the militia movement taking off under Bill Clinton, declining under George W. Bush, and then surging again in the Obama years. And that reflects pretty much everyone’s understanding of the facts on the ground, even if we don’t always interpret the meaning of those facts in the same way. This year the number of militias dropped from 276 to 165. The broader number of anti-government “extremists” also fell sharply, from 998 to 623. Meanwhile, the number of hate groups bumped up from 892 to 917. I’m not sure how significant an increase of 25 groups is, and I should note that the total is still lower than it was just three years ago. I’m more interested in a big leap within the list of hate groups: The number of anti-Muslim organizations zoomed from 34 to 101. The SPLC report suggests that the drop in anti-government groups was a reaction to a pro-gun Republican coming to power, much like the decline during the Bush era. That doesn’t seem very plausibleremember, this is a look back at 2016, and for most of the year it was widely expected that Hillary Clinton would win the election. The report also suggests that the crackdown on the Malheur occupation was a “key factor in the decline of the Patriot groups.” Oddly, another article in the same issue of the SPLC’s magazine argues that the Malheur saga “further emboldens” the nation’s gun-toting radicals. Which is it, folks? But as long as we’re skylarking about what all these numbers might mean, let me throw a thought onto the table. In mainstream Republican circles last year, the more nationalist side of the right outpaced the relatively libertarian side. (You don’t need an SPLC-style report to see thatjust compare Donald Trump’s performance in the primaries to Rand Paul’s.) Given that, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the far end of the right has seen a leap in the number of groups worried primarily about outsiders and a decline in the number of groups worried primarily about the government. If I were prone to probing for patterns in the SPLC’s numbers, I’d start there.

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2016 an ‘Unprecedented Year for Hate’: SPLC – NBC 10 Philadelphia

File PhotoIn this April 23, 2016 photo, a man walks during a protest at Stone Mountain Park, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported an increase in U.S. hate groups in 2016the second year in a row the number has risen. The total number of organizations considered hate groups by the SPLC rose from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups saw the greatest rise, ticking up to 101 from 34 in 2015, according to the annual census of hate groups by the SPLC. President Donald Trump’s election and rhetoric during the campaign is, in part, responsible for this rise of anti-Muslim hate groups, according to the report. “The increase in anti-Muslim hate was fueled by Trumps incendiary rhetoric, including his campaign pledge to bar Muslims from entering the United States, as well as anger over terrorist attacks such as the June massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando,” the SPLC wrote. Asked about a rise of anti-Semitism and racism in the U.S. at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump did not offer specifics about how he’ll work to curtail it. Instead, he referenced his electoral victory then later pointed out that he has Jewish relatives, including his daughter, and said, “we’re going to have peace in this country.” His response drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, who tweeted it’s “troubling that @POTUS failed to condemn real issue of anti-Semitism in US today.” Mark Potok, an editor of the report called2016, “an unprecedented year for hate.” The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress weve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists,” Potok said in a statement. The report also notes that an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes coincided with the increase of these hate groups. The SPLC pointed to the latest FBI statistics, gathered in 2015, that showed hate crimes against Muslims increased by 67 percent. Click here for a map that tracks hate groups by state. Published at 12:48 PM EST on Feb 15, 2017 | Updated at 3:44 PM EST on Feb 15, 2017

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SPLC Tracks The United States’s 917 Hate Groups – Fast Forward … – Forward

There are more than 900 hate groups operating across the country, according to a newly-released report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a slight uptick from last year. In 2015, the SPLC tracked 892 groups. In 2017 that number had risen to 917. The SPLC center dubbed 2016, a year of hate, during with far-right groups were energized by the fiery rhetoric of President Trump. Trump has disavowed the alt-right, which has rallied around the president, but leaders in the movement continue to view Trump as a hero to their cause of nativism and white nationalism. The research and advocacy group SPLC maintains an interactive map showing where certain groups are active. At 79, California has the highest number of hate groups, followed by 55 in Texas. New York has 47. The map may be searched by state or by ideology. The alt-right is mostly an online movement, and for this reason the SPLCs method of plotting hate groups on a map does not necessarily illustrate the spread of extreme ideologies online. The SPLC has documented an explosive rise in the number of hate groups since the turn of the century, driven in part by anger over Latino immigration and demographic projections showing that whites will no longer hold majority status in the country by around 2040, the SPLC notes below the map. The SPLCs definition of hate group encompasses a range of ideologies and is not limited to white nationalists at all. Black nationalist or separatist groups, like the Nation of Islam, the Nuwaubian Nation and some messianic Hebrew Israelite factions are also listed. According to the FBIs definition, a hate groups primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization. But in academic or scholarly circles, such a clear-cut definition is challenged. For example, the psychologist Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld notes that whether a particular group is to be classified as a hate group is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. Email Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum

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