The protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia once again shine a spotlight on white supremacy groups, but those groups aren’t isolated to one area of the country.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reports there are 26 hate groups in Indiana -- including the KKK, The Daily Stormer and the American Freedom Party.
Vanita Gupta with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights says the Charlottesville violence is disturbing, but the existence of hate groups should not be surprising.
“There have been white supremacy groups that have existed in our midst. What’s uniquely shocking right now is how they’re coming out of the shadows,” says Gupta.
Critics say President Trump has emboldened white supremacy groups by taking two days to call out the KKK and neo-Nazis by name. Supporters say the president has made it clear he opposes all racism and violence.
(This story was originally published on August 14, 2017)
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