New “Hate Map” Lists 68 Organizations in California
For the most part, Southern California is a beacon of progressive values; a place where diversity and multiculturalism thrive. But there is a seedy underground of hatred, xenophobia, and extremism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s most recent “Hate Map.”
The project, which tracks neo-Nazi, white supremacist and other hate groups across the nation, lists 68 organizations in California, second only to the State of Texas. Nearly half of them (30) are in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.
There is some question over how the Southern Poverty Law Center defines its “hate groups.” Some only consist of one member, for instance. The sheer number of them is chilling nonetheless.
The latest map is for 2015. (A new one is due out soon.) It showed a near 14 percent increase over the 2014 map. Given concerns over the rise of the alt-right and increased reports of racially-motivated attacks, one can only imagine what 2016 and 2017’s maps will show.