The number of hate groups active in the United States rose by 54 percent between 2000 and 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center
The study identified 926 hate groups -- defined as groups with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people -- active in 2008. That's a 4 percent jump, adding 38 more than the year before. What makes this year's report different is that hate groups have found two more things to be angry about -- the nation's first African-American president and an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs. For the past decade, Latino immigration has fueled the growth of hate groups.
Former Ku Klux Klan
Grand Wizard, Don Black claims the number of registered members and readers on his white nationalist Web site surged to unprecedented levels in recent months.
On the day after Obama's
historic election, more than 2,000 people joined his Web site, a remarkable increase from the approximately 80 new members a day he was getting, Black said. His Web site, which was started in 1995, is one of the oldest and largest hate group sites. The site received so many hits that it crashed after election results were announced. The site boasts 110,000 registered members today.CNN
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