According to data published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups in the US is growing. Following the horrible attack in Charlottesville, read about the staggering data.
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According to data published by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the US, there are 917 hate groups in the country, 17% more than 3 years ago. Only during the past year, there has been a significant increase in the number of hate groups and a large number of hate crimes since US President Donald Trump won the election.
In 2015, there were a total of 193 groups calling for separation between blacks and whites. In 2016, 130 Ku Klux Klan groups were counted in the US. 100 groups are classified under the category of general hate, while 99 are classified under the category of neo-Nazism.
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The number of hate groups in the US has increased over the past decade, mainly due to the establishment of new black and Muslim hate groups. Today, 1 out of 10 hate groups is anti-Muslims, a number that increased by 3 times only in the last year.
Antisemitism in the US Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
A total of 257 hate crimes towards Muslims were reported over the past year. However, the largest number of hate crimes is still directed at Jews. Although the number of hate crimes towards blacks has been decreasing since former President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, the number increased by 8% over the past year.