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Haters Gonna Hate: Southern Poverty Law Center Map Tracks Hate Groups Rise

With 22 active hate groups in Alabama, it's a real melting pot of intolerance, with neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, White Nationalists, the Nation of Islam, and the plain old KKK representing chapters in the state. Alabama is tied with Mississippi in this survey, but both far behind Georgia, with 50 cells identified. 

The SPLC's interative map of hate is a pretty depressing sight to behold.  For instance, the Council of Conservative Citizens has cells in Montgomery, Birmingham, Jasper, Cullman, & Florence:

The Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South. Created in 1985 from the mailing lists of its predecessor organization, the CCC, which initially tried to project a "mainstream" image, has evolved into a crudely white supremacist group whose website has run pictures comparing pop singer Michael Jackson to an ape and referred to blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity." The group's newspaper, Citizens Informer, regularly publishes articles condemning "race mixing," decrying the evils of illegal immigration, and lamenting the decline of white, European civilization.

Wetumpka, already famous for its active & "out there" TEA Party members, is also home to two "Neo-Confederate" cells: the League of the South & the Southern National Congress.

The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society. 

There's something strange about the phrase "neo-Confederate," isn't there? For the most part, these guys don't want anything to be new. They've been pining for the bad old days for over 100 years. 

None of these people are joking, and their numbers are growing:

We’ve documented 939 hate groups operating in our country — a nearly 60% increase since 2000. The threat of domestic terrorism from far-right extremists poses a very real danger to our communities. More than 100 radical-right plots, conspiracies and racist rampages have occurred since 1995 – the year Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center.

 

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