February 26th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
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Growing hate groups blame Obama, economy

A cross and swastika are burned at an event called Hated and Proud in Nebraska in July 2008.
A cross and swastika are burned at an event called Hated and Proud in Nebraska in July 2008.

(CNN) - Don Black says he despises Barack Obama. And he says he believes illegal aliens undermine the economic fabric of our country.

Black, a 55-year-old former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, isn't the only person who holds such firm beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which today released its annual hate group report.

The center's report, "The Year in Hate," found the number of hate groups grew by 54 percent since 2000. The study identified 926 hate groups - defined as groups with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people - active in 2008. That's a 4 percent jump, adding 38 more than the year before.

What makes this year's report different is that hate groups have found two more things to be angry about - the nation's first African-American president and an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs. For the past decade, Latino immigration has fueled the growth of hate groups.

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  1. Mike

    How about they shove their toothpicks in between their legs and go neck themselves and join hitler?Or better yet,set themselves on fire just for the cowards they are.

    February 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Jon A

    Someone should probebly tell these guys the whole "swastika" thing isn't going to win them any points with any group in America.

    Maybe they need an "off the hook" makeover like the GOP is trying to do...

    February 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. steve

    The statistic referenced in this article shows growth since the year 2000. How can you then draw the conclusion the growth is due to Obama's election victory in 2008? Journalism is dead.

    February 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. carla-tx

    This is the real americans...sound familiar..........hate...your color,...hate..your language...hate your looks....hate.....me cause I hate you...so sad for America to have this still going around. Why you think other countries look at us like a bunch of hipocrites...land of the freaks.

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. gg

    running around the world to find terrorist and you got these nut-bars in your back yard clean your own yard before crying about somebody elses

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Mike

    How about they shove their toothpicks in between their legs and go neck themselves and join hitler?Or better yet,set themselves on fire just for the cowards they are.

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. We love Sarah

    Funny how so many forget that President Obama went out of his way to avoid any and all racial issues during his campaign. Yet, they claim he might use racists as a politcal tool today. Hey, are the racists ever right or maybe you agree with them?

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. John

    The federal government should launch an immediate investigation into these homegrown terrorists groups and send the worst of them to Guantanamo.

    America cannot afford to allow these Neo-Nazi hate groups to organize and spread their cancerous propaganda and hate. If ever there was an immediate threat to our peace and security the KKK and affiliated groups including Rush Limbaugh present us with our greatest challenge since Osama bin Laden.

    America needs to act now and remove these threats to our democracy.

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. simpL

    These people are pathetic losers. What's worse is they're too self-absorbed to know it (and probably too uneducated).

    Here's hoping they stay unemployed, angry and unheard. That's what they deserve.

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. mike

    I wonder what Rev. Wright thinks about this.

    February 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Stephen

    You have to look at this as many social issues. You can't stop hatred that is based on no facts, just fear. The teaching of true American values has to start at a young age – which, unfortunately many hate groups know and do. The most laughable and sad part of most hate groups is that they can't site any concrete reason for their hate. There is nothing that they haven't done that those they hate have done, but it is different somehow.

    And, on immigration, it isn't about the many English and Irish (percentage wise, a larger portion of illegals than Mexicans) we don't see the hate groups going after them. The truth is they are ignorant in how we were all created and how whatever God we believe in expects us to live. Think about, when was the last time, in this country, we stoned someone for working on Sunday, but that Bible will come out to prove some bizarre and false point.

    Let's pray for better days ahead.

    February 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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