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Stapilus: Hate Groups On The Rise

Hard times lead to hard feelings, and worse. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate and related groups around the country, reports finding 926 such groups around the country, “up more than 4 percent from the 888 groups in 2007 and far above the 602 groups documented in 2000.” It goes on: “As in recent years, hate groups were animated by fears of Latino immigration. This rise in hate groups has coincided with a 40 percent growth in hate crimes against Latinos between 2003 and 2007, according to FBI statistics. Two new factors were introduced to the volatile hate movement in 2008: the faltering economy and the Obama campaign”/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you think hate groups could get another toehold in the Inland Northwest, as they did during the heyday of the Aryan Nations?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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