The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released a harrowing report that shows that hate groups have grown astronomically in the Trump era.
Anti-Muslim groups in particular have surged across the country, tripling in number. According to the FBI, hate crimes committed against Muslim-Americans have grown by 67 percent since 2015 – the year that Trump launched his campaign for president and began his political ascent through the use of bigotry and fear-mongering.
The states with the most hate groups include California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Mark Potok – a senior editor for the report – discussed the report’s findings:
2016 was an unprecedented year for hate. The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress we’ve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists. In Steve Bannon, these extremists think they finally have an ally who has the president’s ear.
Steve Bannon – Trump’s senior policy advisor – is a political neophyte and white supremacist who rose to fame by stoking bigotry and fear on the alt-right through the propaganda site Breitbart. Bannon’s bizarre and troubling worldview includes the belief that the United States is on an inevitable crash-course with Islam, which will manifest in a civilizational war.
Among SPLC’s other worrying findings include the results of a survey of educators, which show that 90 percent of teachers believe that the social climate of their schools have been negatively impacted by the political climate and a shocking 80 percent who report that minority students – including Latin, Muslim, and African-Americans – feel less safe in their schools in the Trump era.