Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pennsylvania ranks 5th in the nation in hate groups

Pennsylvania had 40 active hate groups operating within its borders in 2016, making it the state with the fifth most extremist organizations in the United States, reports the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual "Intelligence Report," which documents which and how many hate groups are operating in the country. California had the most hate groups in 2016, followed by Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania.
The number of hate and extremist organizations in the united States rose for the second year in a row following terrorist attacks, a contentious presidential election and divisive rhetoric.
While researchers found a 3 percent rise in hate groups nationwide, the number of hate groups in Pennsylvania remained the same in 2015 and 2016.
The 40 hate groups within the state offer a variety of extremist views in areas across Pennsylvania.
The majority of hate groups in Pennsylvania fall under white supremacy. This includes Ku Klux Klan chapters, neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, white nationalists and racist music groups -- a total of 24 groups.
The SPLC makes distinctions between the different white supremacy groups and are separated into different categories.
To breakdown even further there are seven KKK chapters, four neo-Nazi groups, 6 racist skinheads groups, six white nationalist organizations and one racist music group in the state.
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