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Trudeau Vows to 'Dismantle' Hate Groups After Family Killed

Canadian PM attends vigil for Muslim family

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged Tuesday to take more action "to dismantle far-right hate groups" after three generations of a Muslim family were killed Sunday night in an apparently targeted attack. "This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,...

Hundreds Turn Out to Protest KKK Group's Downtown Rally

Nine members are outnumbered by counterdemonstrators

(Newser) - A Klu Klux Klan group drew nine members to its rally in downtown Dayton on Saturday, as well as hundreds of counterprotesters. The rally was planned by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana, which obtained a permit, the Hill reports. The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified it as a...

Number of Hate Groups in US Is at Record High

Southern Poverty Law Center blames Trump, in part

(Newser) - There were 1,020 hate groups operating in the US last year—a record high, and a 7% increase from 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's annual report. The last time hate groups surged in the US was in response to the election of Barack Obama as...

With Sheriff's Memo, a Blow to the Proud Boys

Document reveals FBI designation of group as 'extremist'

(Newser) - The FBI considered the far-right "chauvinist" Proud Boys to be an extremist group even before members were accused in an alleged assault in New York City last month. That's according to a document from the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Wash., shared by nonprofit Property of...

These States Have the Most Hate Groups

Idaho does not fare well

(Newser) - Some states are worse than others when it comes to hate groups. Using data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the 10 states with the most such groups. Idaho ends up first in the unwanted category, at least on a per-capita basis....

Report: Young Racists Seeking Out 'Hipper' Groups Than KKK

KKK membership declining despite surge in 'hate groups'

(Newser) - An organization that tracks far-right extremists says the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the US is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, the AP reports. The Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report Wednesday...

After Twitter Yanks Verified Status, She Cites Holocaust

That from Laura Loomer, who along with Richard Spencer and others lost the blue tick

(Newser) - A few Twitter users lost the coveted blue tick on Wednesday after Twitter released new guidelines regarding verified accounts. The move came after the company was attacked for granting verified status to Jason Kessler, who put together the white nationalist rally that rocked Charlottesville in August (and issued this "...

After Charlottesville, ACLU Revises a Long-Held Stance

It won't defend groups who come armed to protests

(Newser) - If you're a hate group, you may be able to acquire a permit to hold a protest, but if you come packing firearms, don't expect the American Civil Liberties Union to come to your defense. Per the Wall Street Journal , that's the ACLU's new official position...

Airbnb Makes Big Move Against Alt-Right Rally Attendees

Service cancels bookings for those coming to Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' event

(Newser) - An alt-right rally planned in a Charlottesville, Va., park Saturday is a follow-up to protests in May against the removal of a Confederate statue there . But those attending may have to rebook their lodgings: After Airbnb got wind of large groups making reservations through its system to ostensibly attend the...

Sessions Made a Closed-Door Speech to 'Hate Group'

Closed-door remarks were made at event for SPLC-designated 'hate group'

(Newser) - The Alliance Defending Freedom has been designated an anti-LGBT "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center , but the group still attracted a high-profile guest speaker this week: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. CNN and NBC News reports that Sessions spoke at the "Summit on Religious Liberty" Tuesday night...

For 1st Time This Century, Far-Right Groups Decline

But those left are 'leaner and meaner,' watchdog warns

(Newser) - Tough times for the far right? The number of militias, skinhead gangs, and other extremist groups in the US dropped last year for the first time since 1999, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center . The hate-group watchdog found that the number of extreme-right groups dropped around 14% to 2,...

White House Petition: Call Westboro a Hate Group

Church hit with 5 petitions, others want to yank tax-exempt status

(Newser) - Piers Morgan . Death Stars . And now Westboro Baptist Church. The unusual White House petitions keep adding up, and now not one, but five petitions calling for action against everyone's least favorite funeral protesters have passed the 50,000-signature threshold requiring a response. Indeed, one petition calling for Westboro...

Here's a Study Walmart Is Sure to Hate

Researchers see correlation between stores, hate groups

(Newser) - Researchers have spotted a correlation between the number of Walmarts in a county and the number of local hate groups. Indeed, the number of stores appeared more significant than other area characteristics—unemployment, poor education, and high crime—commonly associated with hate groups. The researchers from Penn State, New Mexico...

Fox Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazis 'Civil Rights Group'

National Socialist Movement not described as hate group by Orlando station

(Newser) - When the National Socialist Movement started patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida , in response to the uproar over Trayvon Martin's death , many media outlets mentioned the fact that the NSM is made up of neo-Nazis. But not Fox News' Orlando affiliate, which described the organization as a "civil...

No. of Hate Groups in US: 1,018
 No. of Hate Groups in US: 1,018 
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No. of Hate Groups in US: 1,018

It's a number that's rapidly growing: report

(Newser) - The number of hate groups in the US has been on the rise for more than a decade, and last year 1,018 were active, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That's up from 602 in 2000, the New York Times notes. The report...

Now Travel Firm Pulls Ads From Muslim Reality Show

Kayak.com joins Lowe's after evangelical campaign

(Newser) - A second company has yanked its ads from an American Muslim reality show. This time it's the Kayak.com travel web site, following the lead of the Lowe's chain , which caved to pressure from a Florida evangelical organization. TLC's All-American Muslim features five Lebanese American families living...

Westboro to Hackers: 'Bring It, Cowards'

Web war erupting as Anonymous targets the group

(Newser) - The hacktivist group Anonymous is now targeting the Westboro Baptist Church—but the Kansas church isn't going to play dead. "Bring it, cowards," its founder's 24-year-old granddaughter has responded. Anonymous threw down the gauntlet with an open letter to the church warning that the group is sick and...

NAACP Links Tea Party to White Supremacist Groups

Charge 'too stupid to respond to,' says Tea Party rep

(Newser) - Tea Party gatherings are being used by white supremacist and other hate groups to recruit members and spread their ideas, according to a new study by the NAACP. The "links between certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups in the US should give all patriotic Americans pause,...

Hate Speech Soars on Social Networks

Hate speech up 20% on the Web

(Newser) - Hate speech is on the rise online, particularly on social networking sites. A new study registered about 11,500 hate-affiliated web pages, up 20% from last year, along with a growing number of terror-related "how to" sites. "The spike is not in traditional websites in the United States,...

America: Why So Furious?
 America: Why So Furious? 

America: Why So Furious?

Terrorism, recession, economy drive nationwide rage

(Newser) - With town halls gone mad and anti-Obama protesters toting guns, this is America’s angriest summer in recent memory, McClatchy reports. The fury of voters has deep roots, from a long history of hate groups to anti-Vietnam marches to rage against George W. Bush when he left office—but it’...

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