Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Year of Hate -- Growth of Hate Groups Spurred by Immigration
The Southern Poverty Law Center reported a large jump in the number of hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan, the neo-Nazis and skinheads in the last year. Spurred partly by economic distress and racist fears of a black man in the White House, SPLC attributes most of the growth to anti-immigration and anti-Hispanic fears. Historically, there always has been a tie between Nativism and hard times. SPLC estimates 926 hate groups across the country in 2008 -- up 4% in 2007 and from 602 in 2000.