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Now CNN Says Hate Groups Are Growing

Apparently this week it’s CNN’s turn to run the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest press release:

A cartoon threatening that the KKK would lynch Republican carpetbaggers, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Independent Monitor, 1868

Growing hate groups blame Obama, economy

By Stephanie Chen

(CNN) — Don Black said he despises Barack Obama. And he said he believes illegal aliens undermine the economic fabric of the United States.

Black, a 55-year-old former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, isn’t the only person who holds such firm beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which today released its annual hate group report.

The center’s report, "The Year in Hate," found the number of hate groups grew by 54 percent since 2000. The study identified 926 hate groups — defined as groups with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people — active in 2008. That’s a 4 percent jump, adding 38 more than the year before.

What makes this year’s report different is that hate groups have found two more things to be angry about — the nation’s first African-American president and an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs. For the past decade, Latino immigration has fueled the growth of hate groups…

"We fear these conditions will favor the growth of these groups in the future," said Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project

Black claims the number of registered members and readers on his white nationalist Web site surged to unprecedented levels in recent months.

On the day after Obama’s historic election, more than 2,000 people joined his Web site, a remarkable increase from the approximately 80 new members a day he was getting, Black said. His Web site, which was started in 1995, is one of the oldest and largest hate group sites. The site received so many hits that it crashed after election results were announced. The site boasts 110,000 registered members today, Black said

Obama serves as a "visual aid" that is helping respark a sense of purpose in current supporters and lure new members, said neo-Nazi David Duke, the former Klan leader who was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in the 1980s. Duke said he fears "the white European-American" heritage will soon be destroyed. He added that his Web site sees around 40,000 unique visitors a day, up from 15,000 a day before Obama won the election

White supremacist groups have gained traction, a reversal from the decline the groups experienced since 2000, according to the law center report.One of the smaller Ku Klux Klan groups,the United Northern and Southern Knights, more than doubled its chapters, widening its geographic reach from eight to 24 states, according to the report….

In the city of Detroit, Michigan, where the weak economy has taken a particularly devastating toll, Jeff Schoep serves as the commander for the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States.

Schoep said he has seen membership grow by 40 percent in recent months, mostly because of the dire economic circumstances. It is the "most dramatic growth" he has seen since he joined the movement in the mid-1990s. The group does not reveal membership numbers to the media, he said

Loyal readers will recall that we have debunked the SPLC’s claims numerous times, such as here and here and here and here.

But the ultra left never let such details get in the way of establishing a new “truth.”

Black claims the number of registered members and readers on his white nationalist Web site surged to unprecedented levels in recent months.

According to the internet traffic monitoring site, Alexa, Mr. Black is a liar.

[David Duke] added that his Web site sees around 40,000 unique visitors a day, up from 15,000 a day before Obama won the election.

As too, is Mr. Duke.

Schoep said he has seen membership [in the the National Socialist Movement] grow by 40 percent in recent months, mostly because of the dire economic circumstances. It is the "most dramatic growth" he has seen since he joined the movement in the mid-1990s.

Alas, so too is Mr. Schoep, according to Alexa.

Mind you, these are the very same three hate group heads that the SPLC trots out in almost every one of their breathless press releases.

Indeed, even their quotes are practically the same every time.

Which begs the question, why does Mr. Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project continue to cite their claims as actual facts?

And why doesn’t anyone in our watchdog media ever bother to factcheck Mr. Potok?

(These are of course rhetorical questions. We all know why.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

61 Responses to “Now CNN Says Hate Groups Are Growing”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban

    CNN keeps pressing its Hate group boom:

    Growing hate groups blame Obama, economy

    By Stephanie Chen
    CNN

    (CNN) — Don Black said he despises Barack Obama. And he said he believes illegal aliens undermine the economic fabric of the United States…

    ……On the day after Obama’s historic election, more than 2,000 people joined his Web site, a remarkable increase from the approximately 80 new members a day he was getting, Black said. His Web site, which was started in 1995, is one of the oldest and largest hate group sites. The site received so many hits that it crashed after election results were announced. The site boasts 110,000 registered members today, Black said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/.....index.html

    CNN is learning. They failed to post the website they are claiming had a boom in membership. Convenient for those wanting to check the facts as SG often does when they have made similar, erroneous claims in the past. And while the article focuses entirely upon White supremacists, who are hate groups worthy of condemnation, it fails to mention what groups are responsible for the “rise” in hate groups reported in the “study.” If it were only the neo-Nazi types don’t you think they would have published that to sure up their conclusions. But we all know; only white conservative men are capable of hate.

  2. Colonel1961

    The former head of the KKK is named ‘Black’?

  3. jobeth

    Definition-
    Hate Group: Any group that opposes Obama and/or the far left’s political views, actions or comments.

    Hate Speech: See above except it applies to only one.

  4. cjokry

    Why is it only white supremacists and neo-National Sozialists (Nazis) that are sited as hate groups? Aren’t there many organizations centered around non-white and non-nationalist groups that fit this category? I’ve seen some hateful anti-religious websites; surely they could find a few of those to include. Abortionists only kill unborn people: that’s a qualifiable form of class hatred.

    Looks like now that the Dems have their historical election wrapped up, whitey’s back to being the stalking horse again. But lets not forget whose colors the Klan began under, blue-staters. The irony gets fairly palpable to the literate public no matter how much the msm never mentions it.

    • catie

      Cjokry, on the way back from Charlottesville I saw a bumper sticker (of course there were 5 Obama ones on there as well) that read: “I’m all for the separation of Church and HATE!”. They also had another sticker that read “During the Revolution the Liberals were the Minuteman and the Conservatives were the Red Coats”. I flipped them off, childish I know but I couldn’t help myself.
      Yes, anyone who dislikes the One is a hater and should probably be shot in their view.
      HI Celina, glad to see you over here.

    • jobeth

      Catie, had to laugh at your comment. I can just picture the people in the other car not having a clue why you flipped them off! LOL

      They are so dumb I’ll wager they don’t even connect their bumper sticker with your flip off!

      I have a sign in the back of my van window that says’ “If you voted for ‘that one’ don’t come whining to me when reality hits”

      A guy came up beside me and gave me a big smile and a thumbs up! I DID connect the two. ;-D

    • catie

      Jobeth, they didn’t have a clue as to why I was flipping them off. I just laughed at them as they looked at me like I was from the moon.

    • cjokry

      Most of these people’s thoughts can be boiled down to a bumper sticker. To them, watching The Daily Show is like watching the news, and shopping for slogans to put on their cars is like reading the paper. It’s how they stay “informed.” (brainwashed.)

  5. joeblough

    We’ll be hearing a lot of this stuff from the 5th columnist press.

    BO does not take kindly to opposition or criticism. Get used to the idea of being called a Nazi or a Klanner from time to time over the next 4 years.

    Orwell was an optimist.

  6. Sharps Rifle

    I’d love to see the IRS audit the SPLC, but it ain’t gonna happen…and that fraud Morris Dees will be able to keep spewing his own hatred.

  7. doctor tecate

    wait a tick… are you saying the “heads” of hate groups aren’t exactly honest?

  8. GetBackJack

    I belong to a Hate Group. I Hate Obama.

    • doctor tecate

      …and your numbers are dwindling

    • 1sttofight

      Really???

    • Liberals Demise

      Doc…..stop curing thy self! (it shows)

    • sheehanjihad

      I want to belong to a hate group too….I didnt qualify for the KKK, I wasnt a democrat, I dont qualify for the Rainbow Coalition, or NAACP, or Sharpton’s Wallet.org because well, that would mean I have to hate myself,

      and, I have been banned from literally every leftist liberal socialist blog on the internet for merely asking for clarification on a host of issues, so I can be a member of those virulent hate groups, I cant belong to code pink, because I’m not a douchebag lesbian loudmouth media whore,

      I cant belong to any socialist, environmentalist, or climate change group because I would again, be hating myself, and I like me a lot. I cant hate soldiers or the military, I cant be included in the PETA delusional haters, or the people who hate women who keep their babies,

      so lets see, what the hell group can I belong to?? All of the above groups represent the most vicious intolerant haters on the planet….

      .oh!! Oh!!!! wait! wait!! I can become a….no, shoot…cant be a muslim either, dang….I just dont have that level of a homicidal maniacal psychotic mindset like they do, plus, it’s hard to be tolerant of Islam when you are dead….

      so lets see now……I know! I can be a member of a hate group!!

      The one that says….”I hate to tell you this, but you voted for all of this, you stupid stupid ignorant idiot!” and “I hate to say this, but TOLD YOU SO!!!!” yeah, so I have my own hate group after all……I’ll be holding a conference next week, right after another promise of hope and change is realized…..

    • 1sttofight

      SJ,
      You are a charter member of the “I hate the anti-American society”.

      Welcome bro, pop a top and have a seat.

    • doctor tecate

      “Really???”

      Really. 1sttofight, could you point me to any national polls that show otherwise?

      Enjoy the seat you’ve taken, because until we and what remains of our republican leaders, start offering ideas instead of blind obstruction and lies that have already been debunked, you’ll be sitting there for a while.

    • cjokry

      I’d love to see a poll that shows people’s eyes are opening to the Obamanation they’ve set in motion. But I haven’t.

    • JohnMG

      Maybe they should see ‘doctor tecate’, cjokry. I’m sure that’d open their eyes.

    • proreason

      “until we and what remains of our republican leaders, start offering ideas instead of blind obstruction and lies that have already been debunked, you’ll be sitting there for a while”

      I really don’t get this.

      The country has been down the path to Socialism in the 30’s and our grandparents were in misery for 10 years because of it.

      The world has been down the path of Socialism / Communism more times than you can count. Hundred of millions of people have died, and the dominant communist countries are sneering at The Moron for doing what they know failed in their countrys.

      Yet when giving the people their own money back has been tried, it has worked every time.

      So what are the “ideas” that have not been offered. Why would Rebublicans propose something that has never worked, and why would they propose some kind of third rail that has never been tried?

      It sounds like rino blather to me.

    • doctor tecate

      cjorky:

      1: http://www.rasmussenreports.co.....cking_poll – that’d be an “eye-opening” up two points

      2: http://www.gallup.com/Home.aspx – “eye-opening” of 4 points

      3: http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/im.....826732.gif – that would be 17%

      4: http://www.gallup.com/poll/116.....icans.aspx 57% eyes opened wider, 15% squinting

      proreason:

      Exactly what ideas have our leaders in house/senate offered?

      You might want to hit the history books my friend. As I said debunked lies don’t do us much good.

    • pharaohjoe

      How about Gallup, which shows a 5 point drop in approval, but a doubling in disapproval, from 12% to 25%: http://www.gallup.com/poll/116.....-Mark.aspx

      Doubling disapproval rating, drop in approval = numbers dwindling? Maybe ‘dwindling’ doesn’t mean what I think it means. I should probably go read a dictionary before I pick up my copy of “History for Dummies.”

    • BannedbytheTaliban

      doctor tecate, what you are basically saying is that Obama is as popular as Bush was during the same point in his presidency. How did that turn out for you? Polls don’t indicate how successful the actions of the president will be, just how many people are approving or disapproving. People here think his policies will fail. Just as I’m sure you attacked Bush’s policies. Are you going to remove you “Dissent is Patriotic” bumper sticker yet?

      “If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking.” – George S. Patton

  9. russ51

    Interesting how CNN somehow forgot to mention the following hate groups:

    MEChA, Nation Of Islam -Black Panthers, Congressional Black Caucus, Obama’s commie cabinet, the party of the Seditious & Sleazy, and last but not least the MSM

  10. VMAN

    Ya know my dislike of the O hole has nothing to do with his being the first African-American (which he ain’t) President it has everything to do with him being the first Communist-Bastard President. How anybody can take the SPLC seriously is amazing. Morris Dees has some serious unresolved mental problems. He’s probably a closet Nazi. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he has a shrine to Hitler in his basement. That would explain his trying to compensate by starting the SPLC. I’m not a psychiatrist I just play one on TV.

  11. 12 Gauge Rage

    Whites aren’t the only demographic capable of hatred, bigotry, and a supremacist attitude. Has anyone ever seen and read what the group La Raza stands for? ‘For the race, everything. For every one else, nothing.’ This is an actual La Raza quote.

  12. GL0120

    I read where Bob Byrd took a shot at Obama’s appointing czars; do you think he’ll be labeled as part of a hate group too?
    I believe Byrd’s opposition to czars comes from his preference for Grand Dragons. Oops, we’re supposed to forget all about that!

  13. gipper

    Steve, that’s a much better picture than came with the story. I have never seen that picture. I’m sure you would never find that in a textbook.

  14. Liberals Demise

    Hate back ….. and Hate Equally.
    it works for me!!

  15. bousquem

    You can also see how good the public education system is by how people view the republicans. In high school when I said I was a republican and conservative I was immediately told by alot of my classmates that I was a “racist” and a “bigot” just on the fact that I was a republican. And that it’s widely know that the republicans have always been racists and elitists. I pointed out which party often was part of the oppression of civil rights (the southern dems) and they just screamed back I was lying and was a hate monger. I learned after that to just keep my mouth shut and ignore their stupid comments. Another friend (also a republican) in a class on ethics in healthcare last week said it is sad how if your white and you don’t agree with Obama or any other minority, your called a racist now a days. Most of the class gave him either a dirty look or one that said “you’re an idiot” but at least some people were nodding their heads yes. Just because I don’t agree with someone does not make me a racist/bigot/homophobe/…ect. So many of the 18-25 year olds I meet have no clue about the world outside what the left tells them and believe everything that comes out of the democrat’s mouthpieces to be the truth. So many of them just spit random facts that are so twisted and misread they are useless, try applying logic and the system crashes with them just spitting out standard moonbat lines to make themselves seem important and smart.

    It also pisses me off when I keep hear people talking about needing to fix the racial disparity in the prison system. What are we going to do? Give free passes to the minority criminals or just start locking up the little old white granny for driving too fast. If there are more minorities commiting crimes that have jail/prison attached then of course they are going to have more in jail, proportions are crap, they want to commit more crimes in the ghetto or where ever else, they should be in jail more.

    • Liberals Demise

      Hang in there…..your not alone but you are in the fray (frontline) of reverse discrimination. Too bad it happens in the most liberal of all places today, SCHOOL!
      School….HA! More like babysitter service from 8am to 3pm.
      My kids voiced the same as you before the elections and had they not been versed in the Martial Arts, I’m afraid they would have worn a blackeye home.
      A lesson was taught that day to several Obama nuggets about keeping ones hands to ones self. Can’t tell if they got blackeyes but they got a “BOOTY WHOOPIN” they won’t soon forget!

    • 1sttofight

      I guess it would really surprise them to learn that Lincoln was a Republican.

    • I’ve had lots of people (dem friends) tell me I can’t be a Republican because I’m not racist.

      I’m a bit of a Pollyanna and try to believe that everyone wants to do the right thing.
      I’m proven wrong a whole lot, and I never learn.

      I am pro-level playing field. I prefer not to pre-judge someone based on the color of their skin or their surname or religion or even sexual preference. To me it’s just not relevant until that individual makes it relevant based on their behaviors or expectations of me.

      I take part in a local organization that facilitates young Latinas in attending college (talk about a culture that believes in women should be home barefoot and pregnant!). Because I do that voluntarily, I can’t possibly be Republican. I do not donate money but I do give the organization my time and public relations/media expertise. (Though I did give money to one young woman to help her attend a conference, this girl who is a cancer survivor who came here legally at 11 months of age, and her parents let the family’s visas expire. She wants to be a bachelor’s degree-prepared RN; she has never held a job or had a driver’s license because it was illegal for her to do so, and she’s recently been awarded legal residency. I have no problem with that. She wants to be an RN to help Americans, like they helped her when she was sick.)

      They also don’t think I can be a Republican because I’ve recently discovered the ease, convenience and the (personal) economic benefits of public transportation. Driving my 11-year old car hurts me more than walking three blocks to work when I need to work onsite. I wish this area had more extensive light rail.

      They finally believe I’m Republican when I say how much I hate unions and the two unions I’ve been forced to join when I was working as a nurse were the biggest waste of my hard-earned dollars ever. And how I think welfare has screwed up the United States in the worst way.

  16. nascarnation

    Who pays the bills for this outfit?
    The wikipedia entry makes it sound like they descended from heaven to do God’s work on earth…………

  17. U NO HOO

    “The study identified 926 hate groups — defined as groups with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people — active in 2008.”

    The hate groups would be, Daily Kos, HuffPo, Al Sharpton, JesseJ, MSNBC, CNN,…

    The class of people would be us, Rational Constitutionalists.

  18. Bronson

    I’m glad to see non-violent hate groups garnishing the media’s attention, while we have a president who’s friends with violent terrorists groups (i.e. the weathermen)

    • cjokry

      Excellent point, Bronson. Kinda puts this whole “debate” in perspective.

    • brad

      Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Wright, La Raza, NAACP, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, aren’t they all hate groups?

      Aren’t their members all of the same race, and don’t they practice and/or preach self segregation? Aren’t they against members of a particular race?

      However, the Klan doesn’t have one member in Congress, or a have special colleges or other federally funded hate groups running around.

      WHY AM I NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE KLAN?

    • Squito

      “WHY AM I NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE KLAN?”

      Here’s a fun quiz:

      Who kills, rapes, and vandalizes more every year: white hate groups (i.e. the Klan) or black gangs (Bloods/Crips/etc.)?

      Course, you may be called racist if you ask such a thing.

  19. artboyusa

    People forget, if they ever knew, that the Republicans were the anti-slavery party (and still are, some of the time) and that it was the Democrats who imposed all of those Jim Crow laws, poll taxes and so on. They also don’t know what Woodrow Wilson did to anyone who didn’t agree with us getting into WWI and what FDR did to the Nisei.

    • TwilightZoned

      You are absolutely correct about the Republicans. Let’s add Lincoln to the list by ignoring habeas corpus with anyone who didn’t agree with him. Makes me wonder if BO is going to do the same thing since he’s so in love with Lincoln. With the way things are going it would make perfect sense-give terrorists trials and jail American citizens for dissenting, waving habeas corpus.

    • canary

      Obama has totally ignored Lincolns dream that our nation comes first and it’s our Fore-Fathers dreams, not oOlla’s Obama dictatorship dream, nor Obama’s two father’s dreams. If he believed in his Father’s Dreams or his mother’s dreams, then he’d go back their countries Kenya and Indonesia and make his parent’s proud. He is a disgrace to American’s Fore-Fathers, and he has insulted God who is over this nation.

  20. canary

    I feel like CNN’s reporting is a crime to every U.S. citizens. I used to occasionally flip to CNN to get more info on matters. The last year, I only have to hear less than 60 seconds and I know the propanda is worse than ever in their broadcasting history. Tonite I lucked out, and heard the cheerfull reporting of Cooper, and his guest talking about the banks closing today, but said a couple of times do not to worry. People can get their money out Monday morning. How not to worry, it’s only people with over $150,000 in the bank that aren’t garanteed by the federal govt to be able to get their money. Right they shut their doors to people, but magically willl open the doors Monday morning. I hope Fox covers this, as CNN won’t.

    • GuppyNblue

      “I feel like CNN’s reporting is a crime to every U.S. citizens.”

      I agree. They censor by omission and the examples russ51 pointed out above are excellent examples. They totally ignore the real hate groups but try to convince us that some ineffective white supremacists are becoming a national threat. They’re a propaganda outlet for the left and there’s a whole world of discussion that their viewers are completely ignorant of.

      Example: I have a very liberal friend that lives in DC and watches CNN exclusively. She adores Obama and defends every move he makes. Recently I asked her how she felt about George Soros and she didn’t even know who he was. I was shocked and tried to explain his enormous influence over our politicians and economy but my friend brushed it off with, “then why haven’t I heard of him?”

      “it’s only people with over $150,000 in the bank that aren’t garanteed by the federal govt”

      Until December of this year, it’s actually $250,000. But your point is just as valid.

  21. Yarddog1

    I work in Montgomery, Alabama – “Cradle of the Confederacy” and “Birthplace of Civil Rights”. It is also home to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The only hate group I know of around here are a majority of Blacks who can’t seem to get past the War of Northern Agression. They are arrogant, carry chips on their shoulders and despise all whites – even though most of us never owned slaves. Their “plight” is blamed on Whitey and they never seem to understand that one actually has to do something to get ahead in life. Morris Dees is a typical lawyer who found a great profit center in exploiting Blacks and promoting the idea that we have a problem with hate groups in the South. If the truth ever got out that this is not a problem here, his money stream would dry up. He is just a white Jesse Jackson.

    • Colonel1961

      ‘War of Northern Aggression’ – amen, brother. See what all this great federal Gubmint control hath wrought? Or should I say rot… Dees is a poster child for white liberal guilt, i.e., a bed-wetter.

      Enjoying life here in the Heart of Dixie, myself, as are several fellow posters…

    • 1sttofight

      When we finally get around to suceeding again, we will kick out people like Dees and his ilk, enjoy life again with complete freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

      Hope it happens soon, but it will happen sometime. This country is way too divided to last long as it is with over half the citizens depending on the rest to provide a living for them.

  22. toxicbrainpoison

    Whenever the economy goes south hate increases. Money is the number one reason for stress, anger, divorce, depression… and now apparently hate. It really is the root of all the evil.

    • Steve

      “Whenever the economy goes south hate increases.”

      You really should take the time to read the articles we post, rather than just the headlines.

      You might actually learn something.




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