The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released a “Hate Map” that shows where active hate groups are throughout the country. Every single state except Alaska and Hawaii had at least one active group, but California had the most.
The SPLC defined a hate group this way: “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Such groups included but were not limited to: the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, racist skinheads, Christian Identity, Neo-Confederates, black separatists and general hate groups.
“Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list,” the organization wrote. “Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.”
California topped the list, with 57 hate groups. Florida had 50, followed by New York with 44, New Jersey with 40 and Pennsylvania with 38.
On the positive side, hate groups seem to be on the decline, with the SPLC saying, “annual count found that hate groups declined by 17% between 2013 and 2014, from 939 to 784 groups, bringing that number to its lowest level since 2005.”