The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released its 2020 Hatewatch list, showing 838 hate groups being tracked across the U.S.
California is the only state in the U.S. with more active hate groups, 72.
The SPLC defines a hate group as “an organization or collection of individuals that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. An organization does not need to have engaged in criminal conduct or have followed their speech with actual unlawful action to be labeled a hate group.”
Today, we’re releasing our annual hate group census.— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) February 1, 2021
In 2020, SPLC tracked 838 hate groups that spread bigotry and hate in our communities.
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The Hatewatch list shows there are at least 10 hate groups with chapters in Central Florida.
The list includes:
- Revival Baptist Church, Clermont
- Insight USA, Longwood
- Israel United in Christ, Orlando
- League of the South, Ocala
- Legal Immigrants for America, Winter Springs
- Liberty Counsel, Orlando
- Nation of Kings and Priests, Orlando
- National Socialist Movement, Kissimmee
- Proud Boys, Deland and Orlando
- Sicarii 1715, Orlando
There are also groups that the SPLC describes as “general hate groups.”
“These groups peddle a combination of well-known hate and conspiracy theories, in addition to unique bigotries that are not easily categorized,” according to the SPLC’s website.
This includes groups such as the Proud Boys, which has two chapters in Central Florida and six across the state.
Central Florida has seen a decline in the number of hate groups taking root here. In 2017, the SPLC was tracking 22 hate groups in the area.
There are also 14 statewide hate groups being tracked by the SPLC in Florida:
- American Christian Dixie Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
- Asatru Folk Assembly
- Atomwaffen Division
- Crew 38
- Firm 22
- Identity Dixie
- International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
- National Social Club (NSC-131)
- Patriot Front
- Revolt Through Tradition
- The United West
- United Skinhead Nation
- Vinlanders Social Club