Last fall I missed a talk by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s outreach director Lecia Brooks in Sahuarita. But recently at a Theology Uncorked meeting on migrants at the border, I found a SPLC brochure on Active Hate Groups in the U.S. Here’s the link, stating that there were 1020 such groups in the U.S. in 2018, with an interactive map of each state:
Click on the Arizona map and it shows 20 hate groups, several statewide, two in Tucson — Act for America and Nation of Islam.
Check out the map if you’re curious about the other 49 states. There were no hate groups listed for the neighboring state of New Mexico. California seems to have the most at 83.
The SPLC’s mission is three fold: Seeking Justice, Teaching Tolerance, Fighting Hate.
The SPLC is “the nation’s leading source for reliable analysis of the radical right. Hate and antigovernment extremist groups continue to operate at alarming levels in the U.S. – fomenting racist violence, seeking to poison our democracy, and, in some cases, plotting domestic terrorist attacks.” (from the brochure)