Where the nation’s hate groups live

Eleven Southern states are home to more than 500 groups that promote hate speech, according to a detailed breakdown by the Southern Poverty Law Center. But it’s California that is home to the largest number of organizations that preach hate, the center found.

The SPLC tracks 939 active groups that promote racial, ethnic or religious segregation or hate. The eight types of hate groups the center has identified include white nationalists, black separatists, neo-confederates, Christian identity, skinheads, Ku Klux Klans and neo-Nazis, along with a handful of miscellaneous groups.

California has 77 such groups, while Florida and Texas are home to 58 and 57 hate groups, respectively. Here’s the SPLC’s map of where hate groups live:


Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

(Click here for an interactive version of the map above)

The number of groups tracked by the SPLC for promoting hate speech has increased, from a low of 457 in 1999 to a peak of 1,018 in 2011. Hate groups have declined slightly in the last two years.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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