Haters Everywhere 😡
Year in Hate and Extremism
That's the name of the Southern Poverty Law Center's annual report that tracks hate groups in the US. The report for 2017 says there was a 4% increase in hate groups from 2016, to a total of 954. Since 2014, the number of hate groups has grown 20%. Let me put my hater-blockers on.
What is a hate group?
A hate group is defined as an organization with "beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics". This includes: religion, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference. To officially be considered a hate group, they must have engaged in some sort of activity (meetings, protests, rallies, etc).
Hate on all sides
There are hate groups for everything. Here's a quick summary of growth from 2016 to 2017:
- Black nationalist groups: 193 to 233
- Neo-Nazi groups*: 99 to 121
- Anti-Muslim groups*: 101 to 114
- Anti-immigrant groups*: 14 to 22
- KKK groups*: 130 to 72 (only drop)
*Note: there are roughly 600 white nationalist groups that fall into more specific categories as shown above. See interactive hate map here.
Fox News: Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite 'hate group' surge
The right is suspiciously quiet about this report. Fox News was one of the few to mention the report and they chose to focus on the drop in the number of KKK chapters. The right also notes that a simple rise or fall in the number of hate groups does not mean much without details on how many members are in each group - something the report does not have information on.
The left spins this report to focus on the rise in neo-nazi groups and note that over half of all hate groups are of the white supremacist variety. They attribute this rise to no other than, you guessed it, President Trump.
Is Trump causing a rise in hate groups?
The number of hate groups have been rising long before Trump became elected. The report, and the left want, you to believe that he is the reason for the increase, but really we are looking at a 'chicken or the egg' problem. Did Trump cause the increase or did the increase elect Trump? Sure, Trump may have caused a slight increase over the past year, but these groups were already on the rise and they likely helped Trump get elected as well.
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