(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.