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Excerpt: "The number of U.S. hate groups increased for the third year in a row, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday, warning that neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups saw the most expansion last year under the presidency of Donald Trump, who is seen as sympathetic and tolerant toward their actions."

Nazi rally. (photo: AP)
Nazi rally. (photo: AP)

US Neo-Nazi Groups Surged in Trump's First Year: Report

By teleSUR

22 February 18

The Southern Poverty Law Center said hate groups targeting Muslims and immigrants saw a big increase in 2017 due to Trump’s rhetoric.

he number of U.S. hate groups increased for the third year in a row, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday, warning that neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups saw the most expansion last year under the presidency of Donald Trump, who is seen as sympathetic and tolerant toward their actions.

There were 954 hate groups in the country in 2017, marking a 4 percent increase over the previous year when the number rose 2.8 percent, the civil rights watchdog said in its annual census of such groups. Since 2014, the number has jumped 20 percent, it said.

Among the more than 600 white supremacist groups, neo-Nazi organizations rose to 121 from 99. Anti-Muslim groups increased for a third year in a row, to 114 from 101 in 2016, the report said.

Last year brought "a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who's tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threats to our society posed by hate groups," Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, told reporters.

"President Trump in 2017 reflected what white supremacist groups want to see: a country where racism is sanctioned by the highest office, immigrants are given the boot and Muslims banned."

In just one year in office Trump ordered several travel bans, targeting several Muslim-majority countries, which are seen as his version of the “Muslim ban” he promised during his presidential campaign in 2016. Such orders are being challenged in the courts as several judges ruled the bans unconstitutional.

Trump is also notorious for using derogatory and vulgar language when talking about immigrants and refugees such as his recent comment describing Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries”.

In August, Trump came under fire for saying "both sides" were to blame for violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia where Heather Heyer was killed after a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. "It's as if our culture has been infused by these ideas," Beirich said.

The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center also comes days after yet another shooting took place in the United States at a high school in Florida in which shooter Nicolas Cruz has reportedly said he wanted to kill Blacks and Latinos while photos showed him wearing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat.

The group also added two male supremacy groups to its census for the first time. The male supremacist movement "misrepresents all women as genetically inferior, manipulative and stupid and reduces them to their reproductive or sexual function," the SPLC said in its report.

Meanwhile the watchdog said that in backlash against Trump and the rise of white alt-right groups, Black nationalist organizations have increased by 20 percent, to 233, in 2017.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 1971, defines hate groups as organizations with beliefs or practices that demonize a class of people. The research center, however, acknowledged that its report likely failed to capture the full extent of hate-group activity. It said many of them, especially from the alt-right, operate mainly online. your social media marketing partner


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+10 # librarian1984 2018-02-22 18:18
Does anyone think there's no connection between the rise of hate groups, the Parkland shooting, opioid ODs and the fact we RAN OUT OF BOMBS in Syria?

There is plenty of money in this country -- just not for US. Not for OUR kids.

Do we think there's no correlation between a bottomless pit of money for the Pentagon, a free-for-all pillaging by the political class, our crumbling infrastructure, frozen wages, obscenely underfunded schools, the rise in infant mortality for the third year in a row, 64% of Americans unable to deal with a $1000 emergency and HALF the population earning at or below the poverty line?

I hope everybody likes underdogs because that's what we are. We have been at the mercy of unscrupulous, boundlessly greedy interests for decades now and we are incredibly weak. They have almost all the money. They have the parties. They have the media. We are surveilled 24/7 and bombarded with propaganda.

Brothers and sisters we all have to wake up. This is a painful time. It is hard for all of us but much, much worse for some. We MUST abandon our divisions. There is a common ground that WE, the 90%, can find.

This system is SO corrupt we have got to unify even with our 'enemies' to stop this corruption, get the $ out of politics, take the profit out of war, end the violence in our streets and the brutality we commit abroad.

America wages war on the world and we have to stop them. There IS no Superman. There is only US.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-02-22 21:20
Good points, Librarian. The rise of white hate groups is just the same phenomenon as the rise Latino or African American gangs in the last several decades.

The "Nazis" described here have very little to do with Nazism as a historical and current movement, except in their thuggishness and racism. we have to remember that Nazis were always the front groups for corporations. They were used to combat unions and communists. Nazism is the corporate control of the government and the running of government for the benefit of corporations. These white gangs are victims of Nazism. They have adopted the logos, slogans, and salutes of German nazism to personify themselves as outsiders and as hated persons. This is typical gang behavior.

There are real Nazis in the world. They are coming back in Europe thanks to the US state department. In the US before WW II, many US corporations supported Nazism. They have abandoned the rhetoric, symbolism, and appearance but they are still as Nazi as ever.
+3 # Benign Observer 2018-02-23 11:42
Yes, much of the proto-nazism and nationalism we're seeing on the rise is a direct response to austerity measures, wealth inequality and the stagnation of progress for the vast majority of us.
0 # DongiC 2018-02-23 05:31
But, librarian, how do we make common cause with the Republicans when they caused many of the problems you cited? They are against providing a decent health program for all, they back increasing the military budget, they suppress the vote of minorities and ex felons, they reduce the taxes of the rich and very rich, they support an imperialistic foreign policy. What we need is a united effort to break the power of the GOP and its stranglehold on American progress for all elements in our society not just the privileged few.
+1 # librarian1984 2018-02-23 16:38
Watch Sanders in town halls with conservative voters, many of whom still say they wish they'd been able to vote for him.

He's authentic, he speaks the truth and he doesn't bs. He listens to people but he's willing to argue points. He talks about the vast commonalities we share -- principles of justice and equality, needs for healthcare, education and clean water, love of country and a desire to protect our kids. He doesn't talk down to people.

We have only been at war like this a short while. In actuality we have many things in common. TPTB are experts at exploiting our differences. The most radical thing we could do is to unify. THAT is what they fear the most. There are so many of us .. and so very very few of them.

Bernie sets a good example.
+1 # librarian1984 2018-02-23 16:44
Conservatives have legitimate gripes against us too. They see us as arrogant and detached, hypocritical and tiresome. Are they wrong? Are all of us like that?

Same with them. Some are reasonable. But it's the Dem establishment determined to go after suburban white women. MAINLY we need to go for Independents and those who don't vote. That's one reason we should have open primaries. That's one thing that would attract new voters.

We can listen and talk and negotiate with anyone without having to accept their beliefs.
0 # lfeuille 2018-02-23 19:57
Yes, just because different phenomena have the same origin, in this case, austerity and neoliberalism, doesn't mean they are compatible. The racists are pulling in the opposite direction. It really isn't possible to work WITH them. We can work in parallel on a few specific issues that we have in common, but we really don't want to be implicated in their racists rants. We have to much to lose by that. And we (or the few people among us who know how to do it, ie Bernie) can work to peel away their support by showing them a better way.
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-02-23 08:24
It needs to be repeated and repeated until the general public understands that the two main groups responsible for most of this mess, the Nazis and the Confederates, are both groups that want to see the country destroyed. For them to claim to be Americans is false and beyond disgusting. Both groups were founded with the purpose to bring down democratic governments and establish governments run by the political and corporate elite.

If you don't realize that, go see one of the WW II movies and read the history of the Civil War, especially the declarations of secession by the states of the Confederacy.
-4 # Robbee 2018-02-23 08:51
if there’s no difference between parties? how come dems never come up with crap like this? how come dems fight for chip, medicaid, medicare, social security, black lives, me too, equal pay, choice, immigrants, marijuana, lgbtq, free college, single payer, family leave, a living minimum wage, EPA. CDC, science, Puerto Rico, free press, free market, free speech, bank regs, clean air & water, no arctic drilling, hike taxes on the rich (3x under barak), justices on scotus who would reverse “citizens united” for bmillionaires, gun control, a prez who is not a dickhead, renewable fuel, so forth?

or is that too much to ask here on rsn? whatsa matta? are some differences over matters too small to care?

- we had our last clear shot at escaping dickhead in nov. 2016 - AND WHIFFED!

“never hillary!” = “dickhead forever!”

don’t it always seem to go?
that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone? - j. mitchell

“we have seen the enemy! and they are us! - pogo

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
+4 # Benign Observer 2018-02-23 11:44
You do a lot to damage this forum.

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