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Hate Groups on the Rise in U.S., with a Tripling of Anti-Muslim Groups

“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate … with a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress we’ve made … and a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists.”

The number of hate groups in the United States reached near-historic highs in 2016, rising for the second straight year, with the amount of anti-Muslim hate groups tripling from 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual Year in Hate report released Wednesday.

Much of the increased hate, the report noted, could be attributed to the rhetoric and fear-mongering espoused by President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

“Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man’s country,” wrote Mark Potok, SPLC senior fellow and author of the report. “He kicked off the campaign with a speech vilifying Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. He retweeted white supremacist messages, including one that falsely claimed that black people were responsible for 80 percent of the murders of whites. He credentialed racist media personalities even while barring a serious outlet like The Washington Post, went on a radio show hosted by a rabid conspiracy theorist named Alex Jones, and said that Muslims should be banned from entering the country. He seemed to encourage violence against black protesters at his rallies, suggesting that he would pay the legal fees of anyone charged as a result.”

According to the SPLC report, the number of hate groups rose to 917 in 2016 — up from 892 in 2015 — and just shy of the all-time record set in 2011. But “by far the most dramatic change was the enormous leap in anti-Muslim hate groups,” which tripled from 34 organizations in 2015, to 101 in 2016.


“But that explosion was not unexpected,” Potok wrote. “Anti-Muslim hate has been expanding rapidly for more than two years now, driven by radical Islamist attacks including the June mass murder of 49 people at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub, the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues, and the incendiary rhetoric of Trump — his threats to ban Muslim immigration, mandate a registry of Muslims in America, and more.”

Despite those figures, the SPLC says the overall number of hate groups “likely understates the real level of organized hatred in America, as a growing number of extremists operate mainly online and are not formally affiliated with hate groups.”

And together with the rise in the number of hate groups, there has been a noted increase in the number of hate crimes targeting Muslims, Potok said. The latest FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Muslims grew by 67 percent in 2015, an increase far greater than in any other major category of hate crimes. Anti-Jewish hate crimes increased by 9 percent during that same time period, anti-Black hate crimes were up by almost 8 percent and anti-LGBT hate crimes rose by roughly 5 percent.

Still, according to the SPLC, the actual number of hate crimes is far larger than what is reported in the FBI statistics. The organization cites “a variety of technical reasons, including the failure of many people to report hate crimes to police,” for the discrepancy. The SPLC says “a number of recent government studies shows that the real level of hate crimes in America has been nearly 260,000 a year in recent years. That works out to 25 to 40 times higher than the FBI numbers.”

Further evidence of Trump’s contribution to the rise in hate was the widespread display of hate in his name following his victory:

“In the immediate aftermath of Election Day, a wave of hate crimes and lesser hate incidents swept the country — 1,094 bias incidents in the first 34 days, according to a count by the SPLC. The hate was clearly tied directly to Trump’s victory. The highest count came on the first day after the election, with the numbers diminishing steadily after that. And more than a third of the incidents directly referenced either Trump, his ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, or his infamous remarks about grabbing women by the genitals.”

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During a joint news conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday, Trump was asked by a reporter to comment on the recent increase in anti-Semitic and racist incidents in the U.S.

“I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had, 306 Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220, you know that, right? There was no way to 221. Then they said there’s no way to 270. There was tremendous enthusiasm out there,” Trump said, as reporters appeared baffled at his response.

The president did eventually address the question, saying broadly that “we are going to have peace in this country. We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on,” adding, “As far as people, Jewish people — so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren. I think that you’re going to see a lot different (sic) United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. … You’re going to see a lot of love.”

Read the entire Year in Hate report here.

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21 comments


  • Trump won’t even acknowledge the statistics ! How can you hide who you are with statistics and numbers like that ? How can you hide who you are when Bannon and Sessions are Known Racists and You too are a Known Racist and a Well Know Liar ? By the way ; Why are Racist such Obvious Liars ? I guess the answer is , ” It’s The DNA ” !

    • Where do you get your alternative facts about Senator Sessions and Steve Bannon? No where, and I mean no where in their record have they ever stated racist remarks. Bannon may be a nationalist but so what? If you are a Patriot in this country, you are a nationalist since you want America first. Every country places their country first in their hearts. It is easy to read “facts” like the SPLC but when they say the Oath Keepers are a hate group, if you do your research you wil find out they are nothing but real American Patriots who honor their oath. Did you ever serve? When you use the word racist, or known racist, you better have your evidence to back it up and you do not!

      • Yes, and it’s a conspiracy that the KKK endorsed him. Think what you want, but your fantasies will go over a lot better on stormfront.

        • David Andersen

          John….since you are all over the place with your “facts” and “evidence” let me take a quick second to help you.
          Fact: Bannon said in radio interview “..Progressives don’t like conservative women because they aren’t a bunch of dykes and because they are pro family”
          Fact: In a 2007 court filing under sworn declaration ex wife accused him of Anti-Semitic Comments about their daughters private school. Quote: ” Biggest problem with Archer is the number of Jews that attend. ”
          Fact: Sessions was rejected for the role of federal judge in 86, after 19 hour of testimony from 21 witnesses over charges of racial insensitivity and prejudice.
          Fact: During the investigation of the hanging and death of a young black man named Michael Donald, Sessions made a “joke” about the KKK. Quote: ” I thought those guys (the Klan) were Ok until I learned they smoke pot”. Joke or not, that is beyond distasteful.
          I could go on, but it will not change your thoughts. I just thought I could help you to see that “everywhere, and I mean everywhere” you can learn about these “Patriots” and what outstanding pillars they are.
          FACT: John…….you need to check your facts!

        • Luke, the Black Panthers endorsed Obama. One can’t control who does or doesn’t support them.

      • I live in Alabama and J. Sessions is a horrible racist. I don’t care where you see it stated I’ve seen it in action. I would very much like us to be in a country where being a minority is not a bad thing but I don’t see that happening with Jeff Sessions in office. I have evidence to back my claims so if you don’t live here you don’t know.

    • TERRY–All the alt-right, neo-Nazi/neo-Aryan, KKK, White Identitarian/White Supremacist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim,
      anti-everyone else hate groups should all be shipped to the Mexican/United States border, so
      that they can fight the drug cartels and human traffickers. They can make America safe for
      the rest of us. :-)

  • I am a member of Oath Keepers and have been for many years. I am retired Army and former Marine during Vietnam so my oath is sacred to me. Unlike those who have never served in the armed forces or with the police, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, people do not understand the honor and integrity that is placed upon that oath. The SPLC is absolutely wrong in their listing of this group and they know it. Do not even type the words that they are equivalent to neo Nazi, Confederate, et al, because it would be false. Show me one place in their website where they espouse hate. Is it because we honor our Oath to the Constitution of the United States? Is it because we work with local law enforcement and FEMA to develop recovery plans in the case of a tragic event? If you are going to showcase an organization like SPLC, then you should at least do your research. Luke, you should know better given your current position!

  • Yes we very well may see a quite different United States of America over the next four to eight years, but quite a frightening one. The President has done very little to unite the country and seeks to keep the divisive promises (draining the swamp aside) he made to his base of supporters.

  • Groups that are for proper vetting of anyone from an identified terror sponsoring country are not hate mongering. It isn’t a question of hate. Its ensuring that people that emigrate legally to this country are not a threat. Trump does not hate Mexicans. He does not want to stop legal immigration from Mexico. He wants to stop the flood of illegal aliens entering our country. Why is that wrong? Your article earlier in the week stated that of the 200 illegal Mexicans deported, only 5 did not have a criminal record. That is not to say that every person here illegally is committing crimes, but the percentage is high.

    • No it’s not. Undocumented immigrants commit far fewer crimes than native Americans. Boarder cities are safer than other cities. It’s logical, immigrants in general have more to lose – and they come here to work to provide for their families.

    • Peter- I was stating that Diversity Inc. is hate mongering – not President Trump.

      • No, not the guy who thinks that celebrity gives him license to grab women by the pussy! Not the guy who calls Mexicans rapists, who thinks Frederick Douglass is still alive and who had to learn what CBC stands for in a press conference.

        WE are the haters. Hahahaha

    • Charity Dell

      PETER–

      Trump forgets about the MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL WHITES in this country who have been
      living with THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS FOR DECADES. Trump’s own third wife
      Melania WORKED ILLEGALLY in this country BEFORE OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP.
      She BROKE THOSE PRECIOUS IMMIGRATION LAWS; where is HER “punishment”
      for working illegally in the United States?

      1. The fact is, we have MILLIONS of “undocumented illegals” from Europe, the Levant, Western Asia,
      South Africa, North Africa, Canada, Central and South America, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.
      As long as they appear to qualify for a WHITE CARD, or LOOK “WHITE”, our government does not bother
      trying to find, fine, imprison or deport THEM “back to their country”–even if they have ILLEGALLY WORKED
      in the United States and given birth to their white “anchor babies”, who then obtain multiple passports.

      2. Millions of white folk’s grandparents, cousins, half-siblings, siblings, aunts/uncles,
      godparents and FRIENDS have quietly lived in United States “ever since they
      came here with 5 cents in their pocket” and they STILL reside in “white ethnic”
      communities in small towns, large cities, suburbia and the exurbs. Many of
      these people have NEVER been American citizens, and have stayed tucked
      away in ethnic enclaves; many anglicized their names to escape detection
      by federal immigration authorities.

      3. Why does ICE not invade EVERY American household to ferret out ALL the
      “undocumented” folks living there? When the Feds get rid of ALL illegal
      immigrants and deport ALL the White immigrants “back to their countries”
      for the “crime” of BREAKING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS–and NOT just
      target people with Spanish surnames and tan-to-bronze skins who
      came here looking for the SAME THING white illegal immigrants came to
      find, then I’ll believe the ICE Round-Em-Up Squads are really
      “enforcing the immigration laws of the United States.”

  • E. Terrelonge-Griffith de Franke

    While everyone is concerned about the small but substantial contributions and effect DJT POTUS is having, I just want to add that we who are out here in the real world are being compared to Nazi Germany. The entire Cabinet and advisors to Hitlers crew. Check out everysecondcounts on youtube. there are countries washing their dirty laundry to Americas tune wanting to be second. Stephen Miller to Joseph Goebbles etc…Putin and DJT having a baby together..is this what this country have to offer the world. Every country has problems. Watching this from afar I am ashamed, embarrassed, and that we are now going to a Police Nation is beyond what America is about. Freedom of Religion Rights are guaranteed under the Constitution, sadly, only for a selected few.

  • What racial progress have “we” made in AmeriKKKa? We didn’t make any racial progress under “I’m not really Black” O’bama in his 8-year evasiveness on issues affecting Blacks. I want Trump to ban hate-filled, radical jihadists and terrorist Muslims from entering the country too, but calling everyone a conspiracy “nut” (i.e., anyone who disagrees with them) reflects the hypocrisy of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The pervert, Attorney Morris Dees who heads the SPLC called some Christian organizations “hate” groups, but he has yet to label any Muslim terrorists as “hate” groups. The reason we don’t need any more Muslims in this country is because we have enough serial killers, rapists, wife-beaters, child molesters, polygamists, drug dealers and addicts in this country–these Sharia Law-loving Muslims would only add to the psycho equation. People who are blind don’t see all the homelessness and joblessness caused by BushWhacker’s and O’Bama’s joy ride’s during their presidency.

    Hate crimes have ALWAYS been on the rise in AmeriKKKa–ask Blacks, Latinos, Asians or Native Americans. The Blacks had 200 years of slavery and lynching–that’s when “hate crimes” were at its HIGHEST levels and both white men and women were the perpetrators. Latinos were lynched and placed in pseudo-slavery in Texas and California by hate groups comprised of whites. Asians received soo much abusive, discriminatory behavior by whites that they had to form their own Chinatowns. Most importantly, the Native Americans would say that the highest level of racist attacks happened when whites landed on these shores, led them through the Trail of Tears, and placed them on reservations in their own country!! None of this started with Trump and it certainly didn’t end with that perverted O’Bamination.

    I wish that white people will come out of denial and quit lying about their “racial progress.” Whites are just as racist as they have always been–it has ALWAYS been on the rise!

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