Southern Poverty Law Center Claims There Are Over 1,200 Hate Groups in the US – But Is It True?

( – The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the wealthiest and most powerful liberal nonprofits in the United States, currently sitting on an endowment of $730 million dollars. They maintain a list of “hate groups” in the US that currently has 1,225 entries of groups that supposedly “cause fear and pain (in) Black, brown, and LGBTQ communities.” But is the list accurate?

One person on the list is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim apostate who grew up in Somalia and is vocally critical of Islam, especially its treatment of women. Despite her campaigning for the rights of women and children, as well as the rights for people to speak out against Islam, she’s been branded a hate extremist because she has been known to work with conservatives in the US (who are more likely to speak out about the harms of Islam than liberals).

Another group listed as hateful extremists is “Moms for Liberty,” a non-profit composed of mothers trying to protect the rights of parents on all levels of government. Many of the mothers who attended the 2023 Moms For Liberty Summit who were asked about the group’s designation as a hate group by the SPLC were appalled, saying they don’t think they’re extremists or hateful bigots. The members said they are simply parents who are concerned about issues related to their children, such as schools teaching overtly sexual content in unrelated subjects.

As the SPLC uses the map of hate groups in the US for fodder for fundraising, they have to make it seem like the number of hate groups is growing, even when it’s not. In 2020, the number of hate groups listed decreased from 940 to 838, then to 733 in 2021. While anyone who truly cared about fighting the hate groups in the US would celebrate such a decrease, the SPLC decided to change tactics and suddenly began counting “anti-government” groups, adding another 488 groups to their hate map. This brought their total number of hate groups to over 1,200.

One group that is notably not included in the SPLC’s hate list is Antifa, a group notorious for rioting and causing property damage during the riots of 2020, sparked by the death of George Floyd.

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