hate groups http://michiganradio.org en Report: 35 "Hate Groups" in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-35-hate-groups-michigan <p>The <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/">Southern Poverty Law Center</a> released a <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/us-hate-groups-top-1000">report</a> today on hate groups in the U.S.</p><p>They say there are now more than 1,000 such groups around the country, the first time the SPLC has seen the number of &quot;hate groups&quot; top 1,000 since it started counting them in the 1980s.</p><p>From the SPLC press release:</p><blockquote><p>Several factors fueled the growth: resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the lagging economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at minorities and the government.</p></blockquote><p>A hate group is defined by the SPLC as a group that has &quot;<em>beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics</em>.&quot;</p><p>The SPLC lists 35 &quot;hate groups&quot; in Michigan on their <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map">map</a>. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:58:39 +0000 Mark Brush 1403 at http://michiganradio.org Report: 35 "Hate Groups" in Michigan