KKK Membership Is Decreasing, As White Supremacists Flock To Neo-Nazi Groups Instead

Oregon has prominent place on Southern Poverty Law Center's new list of US hate groups

White Supremacist and Black Nationalist Groups Both Grew During Trump's First Year as President

Hate groups have seen at least a four percent increase over the a year ago, according to the watchdog non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Online readers will also find an interactive map showing the names, types and locations of hate groups across the country.

The SPLC says the number of black nationalist groups jumped from 193 to 223 in 2017. Operations can include activities such as criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.

Efforts to reach an SLPC representative to discuss Kokomo's removal have not been successful.

"The vilification of women by these groups make them no different than any other groups that demean entire populations, such as the LGBT community, Muslims, or Jews, based on their inherent characteristics", the SPLC said in its statement. White nationalist leader Richard Spencer - who previously had prompted Nazi salutes from a post-election audience in Washington when he shouted "Hail Trump" - held a rally at the Lincoln Memorial and appeared on college campuses.

The report identified 689 groups associated with the anti-government "Patriot" movement, with about 40 percent of them armed militias. Existing groups are defined as general hate, white nationalist, racist skinhead, Neo-volkisch (focused on white European survival), Klu Klux Klan, anti-Muslim, black nationalist, radial traditional Catholicism and anti-LGBT. Seventeen organizations are listed as statewide.

In large part, the organization blames Trump and the alt-right movement, based around far-right ideology and white identity politics, as motivating the increase.

The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on the report.

Past year brought "a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who's tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threats to our society posed by hate groups", Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, told reporters.

"When you consider that only days into 2018, Trump called African countries 's-holes, ' it's clear he's not changing his tune".

Dawud Walid, the MI executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said white nationalist groups see Muslims predominantly as people of colour.

The list of groups was compiled using organizations' publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports, according to the law center's website. His newspaper, The Final Call, wrote that "separation from White America" is the "divine solution" to the rise of white supremacy.

The report claims President Donald Trump invigorated white supremacists, prompting a backlash from black nationalists. They "have nothing in common" with civil rights organizations like Black Lives Matter, nor do they have any political power.

Previous year brought "a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who's tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threats to our society posed by hate groups, "Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, told reporters".

Other hate groups in OH are the four affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan; four anti-LGBT organizations; three anti-Muslim ACT for America chapters in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus plus the anti-Mulsim statewide Soldiers of Odin; seven identified as Neo-Nazi or Aryan; and the Asatru Folk Assembly in north-central OH, which is Neo-Volkisch, meaning it worships Nordic and Germanic gods and is focused spiritually on the survival of white Europeans.

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