Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hate Groups In The House

I got my latest Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center yesterday.

*big sigh*

It is invariably a bummer to read and yet, like a bloody car wreck, you can't take your eyes off it. I turn page after page, reading the articles, studying the photos, increasingly nauseated, but glad for the information. People who hate Jews. People who hate Mexicans. And, of course, people who hate African-Americans. Not to mention what they think of people like me. What a potpourri of horror.

This issue holds the annual "Year in Hate" list of all the recognized hate and patriot groups (by location), as well as hate websites, which can mask where they are, of course. As usual, Florida ranks third, after California and Texas, for sheer number of active hate groups -- pretty impressive when you consider how much smaller in size we are. Forgetting about the rest of the state, there are represented within spitting distance of where I am (in alphabetical order):

American Front
American National Socialist Workers' Party
Confederate Hammerskins
Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Heritage Foundation
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
League of the South
National Socialist Movement
Nationalist Coalition
White Revolution
White Nation Network

So now we know.


Peacechick Mary said...

I believe the present administration of this country can take the credit or blame for all the hate that is growing. Unnerving, to say the least to have so many that close to us. I get to meet some of their members when I go out to protest. You can see the sickness of hate all over their faces.

Writer on Board said...

Ugly business...

Professor Zero said...

Peacechick is right. You've seen the Jena, LA case, right, about the nooses hanging from the tree at the high school?

Changeseeker said...

Mary: Yes, and as the economy gets worse, there'll be more and more aggressive racial and ethnic tension, with by far the most violence being by White people against African-Americans and Latinos (at least that's what the statistics have been telling us for years).

Writer: Your use of the word "ugly" got in my head and now I've started using "Ugly" as a noun to refer to words and behaviors well described by it. Thanks. :^)

PZ: The other day, as I was considering the possibility of re-locating to another Southern state, I was asking myself if I'm really ready to "descend" into a place with such a racist history. Then I remembered this list and thought, "Who am I kidding?" The only safe place these days is under the bed...