Within my state…There are 5 recognized hate groups: Crew 38 (racist skinhead), Westboro Baptist Church (anti-lgbt), Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (racist), Midland Hammerskins (racist skinhead) and National Socialist Movement (neo-Nazi).
Outside of my state…There are a total of 66 recognized hate groups within the 4 states that surround me.
I don’t know the membership numbers of each group.
Also, not included are the hateful people I see on a daily basis on the internet; Facebook and other sites where weak, ignorant, cowards with a computer and below basic typing skills can anonymously post their evil, violent opinions. I feel the number is quite large, though.
And, I haven’t included the people that I, personally, come into contact with every day. Even though I don’t know, I have to guess that a certain percentage of them are non-tolerant, non-compassionate, hateful people.
Plus, something that really upsets me is that some of my 72 Facebook friends are individuals that harbor hateful opinions. How do I know? Well, I’m pretty intelligent and when I see some of the things they post, the obvious lack of tolerance and compassion is quite apparent.
What’s the answer? I don’t really know. I checked with the Southern Poverty Law Center website and looked at their Hate Map. They have recognized Hate Groups in every state EXCEPT Hawaii.
For now, I can’t just pick up and move to Hawaii. So, I guess the best things I can do are to pay attention, be aware and call the haters out when I can; even if they’re my so-called friends.
This Post Applies To All Of You, Too. Do What You Can. Be Aware. Pay Attention.
STOP THE HATE!