The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently tracking 917 hate groups across the country, with 47 of them being in New York.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center website,

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

They find these groups using group publications, reports from citizens and law enforcement agencies, and news reports. Luckily for us in Central New York, most of these groups aren't located in our region. We do have some upstate though.

Ones we have upstate include groups that represent Holocaust Denial, Black Separatists, White Nationalist, Radical Traditional Catholicism, and Klu Klux Klans. The closest group to Central New York is in Syracuse, the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge. This group is labeled as black separatists.

The SPLC also reports a major rise in hate groups over the past few years, including a 197% increase in anti-Muslim groups since 2015, 130 active KKK groups in 2016, 663 anti-government groups in 2016, and 193 Black Separatists groups in 2015.

You can explore the map to learn more.




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