The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Year in Hate and Extremism, 2010

TortureThe Year in Hate and Extremism, 2010 A new study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that there has been a big rise in hate groups across the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that tracks extremist movements, says there are three major reasons for the increase: the bad economy, the wide reach of the Internet and changing racial patterns in the country. “By its count, there are now more than 1,000 active extremist groups in the U.S. Taken together, these three strands of the radical right -- the hatemongers, the nativists and the antigovernment zealots a 2008-2009 increase of 40%. Last year’s rise in hate groups was the latest in a trend stretching all the way back to the year 2000, when the SPLC counted 602 such groups. Since then, they have risen steadily, mainly on the basis of exploiting the issue of undocumented immigration from Mexico and Central America. Last year, the number of hate groups rose to 1,002 from 932, a 7.5% increase over the previous year and a 66% rise since 2000.” These findings show that despite the progress America has made through its history over the years towards equality and coexistence, that hate and extremism is still a very real issue and potential problem in this country today.