A new report shows the number of hate groups in the US have reached a record high.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says it’s the fourth straight year that the number has gone up.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups in the US is on the rise, which is up seven percent from last year alone.
“We saw a big increase in the number of these white nationalist groups.”
Richard Cohen is the President of the SPLC. The Watchdog Group identified 1,020 hate groups operating in the US last year.
The SPLC says it also found a spike in the number of domestic terrorism cases.
“You worry about hate violence, you worry about the coarsening of our society, our social fabric has become frayed.”
The SPLC blames political rhetoric, including comments made by President Trump for the increase.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to the report.
The FBI released its own report on hate crimes in November.
The bureau says it found the number of hate crimes is on the rise, jumping 17% between 2016 to 2017.
The SPLC’s findings are available online and includes a map showing where it believes hate groups are growing, but Cohen adds, “there’s no region or country that is immune from hate, if you look at the map its really across the nation.”
In the past critics have accused the SPLC’s definition of hate as being too broad, but the group says it stands behind its data.
Indiana lawmakers are working towards passing a hate crimes law.
But recently, the Indiana Senate approved an amendment that removes protected classes from the Hate Crime Bill.
(This story was originally published on February 20, 2019)