Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The number of hate groups in America rose slightly in 2017 with some of the biggest shifts coming in areas relating to white supremacy and racism.
There are 954 hate groups in the U.S., an increase of 4 percent from the year before, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit watchdog organization that tracks such groups.
While the number of Ku Klux Klan groups dropped from 130 in 2016 to 72 in 2017, the number of white supremacist groups increased from 99 in 2016 to 121 in 2017.
"In 2017, being a white nationalist suddenly seemed hip. No longer was it just a movement made up of old men wearing Klan robes or swastika armbands. Now it was young men wearing 'fashy' haircuts, khakis and polo shirts," the SPLC report said.
The SPLC attributes increases in black nationalist hate groups to a "reaction to white racism" and noted that while the black nationalist chapter increase was numerically more than white supremacist groups, their total is still dwarfed by the more than 600 hate groups that practice some form of white supremacist ideology.
"Trump not only energized white supremacists, he provoked a backlash among the Nation of Islam and small, fringe black nationalist groups that see in him a powerful reassertion of the same centuries-old racism that has always fueled their desire to break away from white America," the report states.
Specifically, the growth among white supremacist groups was most dramatically seen in groups "most closely aligned with the new president," the report states, giving examples like Patriot Front, the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights and Identity Dixie.
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