Southern Poverty Law Center Releases State-By-State Interactive Map Of Where Hate Groups Operate
Hundreds of United States-based hate groups were revealed on a new recently released map.
The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center has released a “hate map” that shows the national distribution of the different groups that they could confirm.
The last full year with available data was 2013; the overall number of groups decreased from 1,007 to 939 in 2012, according to MailOnline.
In the wake of Sandy Hook and the upcoming immigration reform, the SPLC, which focuses much of its work combating racist groups, said that the lack of clear legislative victories for the Obama administration on gun control appear to have effectively calmed some of the far-right groups.
“Those factors, along with the collapse or near-collapse of several major groups for a variety of reasons, seem to have taken some of the wind out of the sails of the radical right, leaving the movement both weaker and somewhat smaller,” the report states.
According to MailOnline, many states have different hate groups, but the SPLC map qualified the organization into eight categories: black separatist, neo-confederate, Christian identity, racist skinhead, white nationalist, neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and general hate.
Even though Hawaii is the only state that has no known hate group, a vast majority of the rest can be found below the Mason Dixon line.
The 11 states that make up the area between Texas and the Atlantic are occupied by 589 of the 939 active groups (nearly 63 percent) that the SPLC identified.
Though Florida hosts 58 groups and Texas has 57, they are not at the top of the list this year, MailOnline reports.
Given the large immigrant population in California and the fact that unlike the South, it does not have a history of slavery, California still made the top of the list.
The American Freedom Party in California, originally founded by racist skinheads group in Southern California, is one of the top two groups that the SPLC considers as particularly threatening.