Southern Poverty Law Center reports number of hate groups in America at all-time high.

SPLC LogoThis shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone given our country’s past, but it is disappointing:

New Report: ‘Higher Hate Group Count Than Ever’ : NPR

Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the law center, has been studying hate groups for a long time. But Potok says even he was surprised when he started counting extremists for his annual report.

“We have absolutely explosive growth of these groups in 2009,” Potok says. “And what we have now found is that that growth continued through 2010. We have a higher hate group count than we’ve ever had.”

[…] Experts say the most negative energy seems to be coming from people who think the federal government is conspiring to take away their freedom.

“It is not … harmless in the sense that the patriot movement has produced a great deal of criminal violence,” Potok says. “There were an enormous number of plots that came out of the patriot movement, particularly in the late 1990s, and we’re beginning to see that again.”

Right here in Michigan there was a recent case of some douchebag who was planning to blow up a mosque in Dearborn using consumer grade fireworks:

Roger Stockham, a 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran with a history of mental illness, was arrested Jan. 24 after police received a call of a man making threats to set off explosives in one of the biggest mosques in the nation.

[…] Officers say they found Stockham wearing a ski mask in his car parked outside the Islamic Center of America on Ford Road. The car’s trunk was loaded with about two dozen powerful fireworks, police said.

And that’s just one of a number of such incidents since 2009. You can bet things are only going to get worse before they get better.
The really frustrating part is that you can’t talk sense to these people. They are so full of conspiracy theories and misinformation (thanks FOX News and Glenn Beck) that any attempt to confront them with facts and reality is ignored outright. They have become the proverbial useful idiots, but only useful to people who really don’t have their best interests in mind despite what they claim.

To the rest of us, they’re an annoyance at best and a potential danger at worst.

8 thoughts on “Southern Poverty Law Center reports number of hate groups in America at all-time high.

  1. People who fall for conspiracy theories also have short memobries. Plenty of the current crop were around in the ’90s when we heard over and over again how the Clinton administration was going to do all this horrible stuff “any day now,” much of which sounded like the claims being made about Obama. You’d think all the crying wolf would have shown them the current stories are equally BS.

  2. 1. There is no legal definition for “hate group,” which is why even the FBI does not track “hate groups.”

    2. The SPLC uses the deliberately meaningless term “hate groups” in its fund-raising propaganda precisely because it allows them to denigrate their perceived opponents without accusing them of any actual crimes.

    3. The “Hate Map” is a fund-raising tool, nothing more. It provides no information whatsoever on the alleged groups, in fact, the SPLC didn’t even bother to make up locations for 262 of the groups; that’s 26% of the total.

    In many states the percentage of phantom “groups” runs as high as 80-100%. Many of the alleged “groups” are listed twice in the same location.

    4. Since the SPLC is the sole arbiter of the meaningless “hate groups” label, AND because SPLC fund-raising is directly tied to creating the illusion of an ever-increasing threat, it is in their direct financial interest to raise the numbers each year.

    Last year the SPLC took in $31 million donor-dollars in donations and earned $26 million in interest on its bloated “Endowment Fund.” That’s $57 million dollars for last year alone. Since 2003, the SPLC has taken in more than a third of a BILLION dollars in tax-free cash, and yet the number of “hate groups” always goes up.

    5. The most ironic (read: “hypocritical”) thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.

    In fact, according to the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power in its entire 40 year history.

    Some “experts”

  3. That’s an impressive bit of copypasta there, Richard. I see you’ve been quite busy posting it all over the net anytime the SPLC is mentioned.

    None of it’s convincing and better people than I have already dismantled it elsewhere so I won’t bother reinventing the wheel here.

    Perhaps you should consider a novel argument instead of just acting like a broken record?

  4. Sorry for the delay, Les,

    Say, if you’ve got proof that the SPLC has ever hired a person of color to a six-digit position of authority, just post it here and I’ll shut up.

    Can’t use Julian Bond, he was only made “honorary president” in exchange for the use of his name on fund-raising letters and had no impact on SPLC policy.

    Don’t bother with the SPLC’s brown-washed Board of Directors, as they are unpaid and are all cronies or former employees of Morris Dees. Again, no impact.

    About the highest level minority at the SPLC is Lecia Brooks, and she only runs their museum and gift shop. Doesn’t make half of what the white executives makes and has no impact whatsoever on SPLC policy.

    Also, if you can look at the SPLC’s “Hate Map” fund-raising tool and tell us where the 262 homeless “hate groups” really, really are, I’ll recant on the spot.

    Otherwise, saying you’re too busy to put up the facts is kinda lame.

    I cited my sources, most of which come directly from the SPLC’s own web site. Cite yours. It’s time to put up, pal…

  5. I fail to see how any of that has any bearing on what the SLPC does whether what you claim is true or not. You’re wasting my time on nonsense. Time that could be better spent doing something entertaining.

  6. Facts or not, I still fail to see what bearing they have. Throwing random facts into a discussion without explanation as to why they should be considered relevant does nothing to advance your argument. Might as well tell me that the sky looks blue and water is wet.

  7. Maybe even an argument more novel than the dogmatic declaration that someone’s post is unconvincing and that “others” (for whom no link is given) have already dismantled it.

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