Hate groups in the United States

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A hate group is a group that hates a specific group of people. For example, a hate group might hate everyone who belongs to a different ethnic group, religion, sex, and/or sexual orientation.

Statistics[change | change source]

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as of 2015, there were 892 hate groups currently operating in the United States. Hate groups exist in every state.[1]

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:[1]

  • In 1999, there were 457 hate groups operating in the United States.
  • The number of hate groups in the U.S. grew every year until 2011. At that point, there were 1018 hate groups operating in the United States.
  • After 2011, the number of hate groups in the U.S. decreased for three straight years, but in 2015 it increased by 14%.

Types of hate groups[change | change source]

There are many different types of hate groups. Of the 892 hate groups currently operating in the U.S.:[1]

According to the Anti-Defamation League, as of 2015, 21,000,000 people in the United States admitted to having anti-Semitic attitudes.[2] For example, 31% of people admitted that they think "Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/the countries they live in].[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Active Hate Groups in the United States in 2015". Intelligence Report, 2016 Spring Issue. February 17, 2016. https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2016/active-hate-groups-united-states-2015#general. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The ADL Global 100". The Anti-Defamation League.