America's Active Hate Groups
America's Active Hate Groups

By Niall McCarthy (Statista)

This chart shows the number of active hate groups identified in the United States.

During a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, far-right demonstrators including neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members were involved in violent clashes with counter-protesters. A woman was killed and 19 other people were injured when a car ran into a crowd protesting against the rally.

In the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia clashes, U.S. President Donald Trump was criticized from all sides for failing to explicitly condemn the white supremacy groups.

The violence came at a time when hate groups are experiencing growth and higher prominence. According to research from the Southern Poverty Law Center released earlier this year, 917 hate groups were spread out across the U.S. in 2016 compared to 892 in 2015 and 784 in 2014. The organization identified 193 Black Separatist groups, as well as 130 active Ku Klux Klan groups. That is a sharp increase on 2014 when the country's most infamous supremacist organization had 72 groups. Last year, the U.S. also had 101 anti-Muslim and 100 White Nationalist organizations. 99 neo-Nazi groups were also identified, along with 78 categorized as being Racist Skinhead.

Hate Groups In The U.S. Are Flourishing

This chart shows the number of hate groups in the U.S. from 1999 to 2016.

Hate groups are flourishing across the United States, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Nationwide, the SPLC identified 917 hate groups last year, an increase on 892 in 2015. The number of anti-Muslim groups in particular has risen steeply, almost tripling from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016.

Only 457 hate groups existed in the U.S. back in 1999 and their numbers hit an all-time high of 1,018 in 2011. White supremacy is still alive and well in America despite the number of KKK chapters falling 32 percent in 2016. Out of the 917 groups identified by the SPLC, 130 were KKK, 100 were white nationalist, 99 were neo-Nazi and 78 were racist skinhead.

Hate Groups In The U.S. Are Flourishing
Hate Groups In The U.S. Are Flourishing

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