Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Active U.S. Hate Groups

Maybe I am naive, but I was surprised that Texas had the most hate groups in the U.S. last year. My first instinct was to think California or a state in the deep South would have the distinct honor. New Jersey's number is rather surprising to me. So much hate packed into such a small state. Visuals such as this map always make a big impression.


The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 932 active hate groups in the United States in 2009. Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2009 are included.

All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.

This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.

Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.

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