JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With hate groups back on the public radar in the United States, a group that tracks them has a new list of the groups and where they area.
The Southern Poverty Law Center released a map showing where 917 hate groups operate in America and where each is stationed across the country. The groups vary from neo-Nazi, white nationalist, KKK, anti-Muslim and black separatist groups.
This list and corresponding map was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports. Groups that appear in the center of states represent statewide groups.
SPLC found 63 hate groups in Florida, including five groups in Jacksonville, one in Lake City and two in Gainesville.
- Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
- Ku Klux Klan Southern National Congress
- The League of the South - a neo-Confederate group
- ACT for America - anti-Muslim
- New Black Panther Party - black separatists
- League of the South
- Nation of Islam - black separatists
- American College of Pediatricians - anti-LGBT
SPLC has monitored hate groups since the 1980s and began releasing an annual list of groups in 1990.
"Over the years, we’ve crippled or destroyed some of the country’s most notorious hate groups – including the United Klans of America, the Aryan Nations and the White Aryan Resistance – by suing them for murders and other violent acts committed by their members or by exposing their activities," the group wrote on its website.
On Monday, President Donald Trump, facing mounting pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike, did what he declined to do over the weekend during an event at the White House on Monday: directly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
"Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," Trump said in response to the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
"Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America," Trump said.
After blaming the violence "on many sides" Saturday, Trump stayed silent for close to 48 hours, letting his trademark bluntness and campaign pledges to call terrorism what it is succumb to silence and vagueness.
Trump was asked by reporters after he spoke why he waited so long to condemn these hate groups by name and did not respond.
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