VA Ranks 11th for Number of Known Hate Groups
I guess we could have done worse? But with 26 total groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups based here in VA, we could still do much better.
The good news is that the number of groups nationally dropped by 7% from 2012 to 2013. However, the overall number of hate groups (939) still reflects the third-highest since the SPLC began collecting the data in 1998.
And in Virginia, data shows that there are 26 active hate groups, tying the Commonwealth with Indiana for the 11th-most in the country. Virginia’s hate groups show up in all corners of the Commonwealth, in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Included among the groups are several White Nationalist, Neo Nazi, and Ku Klux Klan chapters.
You can check out more details on 2013′s Year in Hate and Extremism via the SPLC.
The radical right is growing leaner and meaner,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and the editor of the report. “The numbers are down somewhat, but the potential for violence remains high.
“Moreover, there is a disturbing dynamic at play. At the same time that the number of extremist groups is dropping, there is more mainstream acceptance of radical-right ideas.”
As for LGBTQ specific hate groups nationally, the SPLC report said the US’s shift in laws supportive of the community have shifted anti-LGBTQ efforts over seas:
Although the number of anti-gay hate groups rose slightly over the previous year, the losses suffered by such groups clearly sent many of them abroad as they sought to prevent gay advances wherever they still could. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association tweeted support for Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage spoke against marriage equality in both France and Russia. The latter country, which last year passed a highly controversial law against pro-gay “propaganda,” also hosted Paul Cameron, a discredited anti-gay writer who heads the Family Research Institute and spoke to the Russian parliament. Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality went to Jamaica to speak in support of that country’s hard-line anti-gay laws.
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