Report: US Hate Groups Rise for Fourth Straight Year
A Southern Poverty Law Center report found the number of organizations it classifies as hate groups has grown 30 percent in the past four years — and 7 percent in 2018 alone — to a 20-year high. The SPLC counted 1,020 radicalized groups, many of them aligned with White supremacist ideology, and attributed their rise at least partly to the rhetoric and policies of President Trump.
Is the SPLC objective? The civil rights watchdog has been fighting groups like the Ku Klux Klan since 1971, but during the Trump administration it’s been accused of political bias and sued at least four times by groups objecting to their inclusion on the list.