States listed with most hate groups. Where does California rank? (Sacramento Bee link): California ranks No. 1 in the nation with 79 active hate groups, six of which operate in Sacramento area, according to a new report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremists in the U.S.
The Southern Poverty Law Center report includes a detailed map of the 917 hate groups actively operating across the United States. Florida ranks second among states, with 63 active hate groups.
In the Sacramento area, the report cited six active hate groups: Golden State Skinheads, a racist skinhead group, the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group, the Pacific Justice Institute and Verity Baptist Church, both anti-LGBT groups, and As-Sabiqun and European-American Evangelistic Crusades, general hate groups.
In June 2016, a rally by members of the Traditionalist Worker Party in the shadow of the state Capitol devolved into violence when members clashed with Antifa, or anti-fascist demonstrators. Ten people were injured, with at least five stabbed in the violent confrontation.
Mod: In California's defense it would make sense that the state with the highest population would also have the most hate groups. It is just a matter of numbers. On a per capita basis the ratio of hate groups to a general population is no real surprise. 1. Montana: 9.6 hate groups per 1 million residents, 2. Idaho: 7.1 per million, 3. Mississippi: 6.0 per million, 4. Tennessee: 5.7 per million, 5. Alabama: 5.6 per million, 6. Arkansas: 5.4 per million, 7. Kentucky: 5.2 per million, 8. Virginia: 4.6 per million, 9. Missouri: 3.9 per million, 10. Indiana: 3.9 per million.
But in the wake of a white nationalist march that turned tragic in Virginia, many residents and officials are on higher alert as the rally approaches. Dozens of residents are calling the city of Berkeley every day, suggesting ways officials can put an end to the event, said Councilwoman Sophie Hahn.
In the aftermath of the Charlottesville events, groups on both the far right and far left are imploring their peers to attend the upcoming protests. Billed as a “No to Marxism in America” protest, the rally is the second stop during the organizers’ “Free Speech Weekend,” which begins in San Francisco on Aug. 26. The main organizer of the Berkeley event is Amber Cummings, known as Based Tranny among her supporters. She is associated with groups that have held three other rallies in the same park.
Right-wing protesters — ranging from libertarian militia to white supremacists — first came to Berkeley on March 4 to protest the cancellation, on Feb. 1, of a planned talk by far-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley. Masked anti-fascist, or antifa, demonstrators, who believed Yiannopoulos planned to “out” undocumented students, flooded the campus, smashing property and hitting some people with sticks.
So groups on the right declared Berkeley ground zero in their fight for what they say is freedom of speech, returning on April 15 and April 27. At two of the rallies, they clashed with antifa counter-demonstrators, who were intent on denying the organizers a platform for what they consider hate speech, and violent fights broke out.
As was the case with the previous rallies, nobody has applied for a protest permit for Aug. 27, said Berkeley spokesman Matthai Chakko. He declined to provide details about the city’s plans to prepare for the rally.
“There are people who want conflict with each other. We don’t advertise all of our strategies because that would be giving a blueprint to people,” Chakko said. “We’ll prepare for any contingencies and possibilities.”
Mod: There you go. Party in the streets of Berkeley this weekend. As far as I know nothing has been planned for Kersting Court.
A mere 3% of American voters in a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday say Trump's actions as president have discouraged white supremacists.
"I said everything. I hit him with neo-Nazi. I hit them with everything. I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi. I got them all in there, let's say. KKK, we have KKK. I got them all," Trump said at a Phoenix rally Tuesday night, a reference to how he said he effectively called out hate groups by name.
Just more than a third of American voters (35%) say Trump hasn't had an impact on white supremacist groups, and six in 10 voters (59%) say he's encouraged them. A majority of that group says he's encouraged them deliberately rather than accidentally.
Mod: No word yet if the president will be in Berkeley this weekend. But he really should be. After all, Milo will be there.