Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Right Rises Again

The number of hate groups in the US has risen during Trump's first year in office, according to a new report. Neo-Nazi groups in the US witnessed startling growth, increasing by 22 percent. Neo-Nazi groups "share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany," but also discriminate against other groups, including minorities and members of the LGBT community. The US also witnessed a rise in anti-Muslim groups for the third consecutive year.  The report also said Trump-inspired groups also provoked a backlash that witnessed a rise in black nationalist groups, such as the Nation of Islam.

There were more than 600 white supremacist groups in the US, according to the report. Neo-Nazi groups rose to 121 compared to 99 last year. The Ku Klux Klan — a white supremacist group that epitomized the oppression of black Americans — lost support across the country.

"The decline is a clear indication that the new generation of white supremacists is rejecting the Klan's hoods and robes for the hipper image of the more loosely organized alt-right movement," said the SPLC.

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