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A History of Hate: Pride and prejudice

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization with its origins in the civil rights movement that now “tracks the activities of hate groups and domestic terrorists” labels the National Socialist Movement and organizations like it as hate groups.

According to the FBI, which also tracks and investigates these groups, the words “hate crime” and “hate group” entered our vocabulary in the 1980s, when groups calling themselves “skinheads” began perpetrating crimes against specific groups of people. However, groups like them have been in existence long before that — violence and crimes can be attributed to groups like the Ku Klux Klan since just after the Civil War.

Learn more about the history of these groups and the impact they’ve had in the quiz below. You can also watch our report, including behind the scenes footage, on Neo-Nazis in Arizona and Germany today.

Some of the content of this page may be disturbing because of the nature of the topic. Teachers: Don’t miss the links to lessons plans on this topic below.

Hate Groups

Learn about the origins of organizations dedicated to discrimination.

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Aryan Nations (AN) was once a powerful organizing force for white supremacists that cultivated a wide spectrum of racist and anti-Semitic ideas. In its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s, neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, Klansmen and other white nationalists convened regularly at the group’s Idaho compound for its annual world congresses.

In 2000, AN began to fall apart after losing a civil lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center that depleted the group’s finances. The physical decline and 2004 death of AN founder Richard Butler further devastated the group. In the latter part of the 2000s, Aryan Nations splintered into a handful of groups with several people vying for leadership of the various factions.

Source & more information: www.splcenter.org

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Founded by David Duke in 1975, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has attempted to put a "kinder, gentler" face on the Klan, courting media attention and attempting to portray itself as a modern "white civil rights" organization. But beneath that veneer lurks the same bigoted rhetoric.

The group's leaders, from Duke to current chief Thomas Robb, have been plagued by their own racist views, which inevitably shine through the smokescreen, and by the attacks of other Klan members who view their interest in mainstream media and politics as hypocritical and counterproductive.

Source & more information: www.splcenter.org

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"An organization that specializes in theatrical and provocative protests, the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States. The group is notable for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric, its racist views and its policy allowing members of other racist groups to join NSM while remaining members of other groups. Until 2007, NSM members protested in full Nazi uniforms, now traded in for black 'Battle Dress Uniforms.'"

Source & more information: www.splcenter.org

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"Created by former Alabama Klan boss and long-time white supremacist Don Black in 1995, Stormfront was the first major hate site on the Internet. Claiming more than 130,000 registered members (though far fewer remain active), the site has been a very popular online forum for white nationalists and other racial extremists. But a 2008 assertion by Black's wife that she opposes racist beliefs damaged Black's standing in the white supremacist movement."

Source & more information: www.splcenter.org

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The first in our series examining the growing popularity of white supremacy groups.

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Steven Fabian goes to Germany to find out more about "New" Nazis.

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How white supremacy groups are taking their fight against illegal immgration to the Arizona border.

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How one group targets young people for membership.

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What a Phoenix, AZ. protests looked like on the ground.

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Steven Fabian reports from protests in Arizona.

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Steven Fabian reports from protests in Arizona.

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