The Southern Poverty Law Center located in Montgomery, Alabama has been committed since its founding to exposing extremist organizations across the country and through court action oversee their demise. Given the animosity, division and yes even hatred which this election season has spawned, we should all recognize what it is fueling. Since 2009 when President Obama took office, extremist groups have escalated from 149 to a high of 1360 with the present count at 998.
The tragedy is that in our great state of North Carolina there are 23 such groups
- 10 Ku Klux Klan
- 6 Black Separatist
- 2 Racist Skinheads
- 2 White Nationalist
- 1 Neo-Nazi
- 1 Anti-LGBT
- 1 Neo-Confederate
See Southern Powerty Law Center for details.
When we vote this primary on June 7 and the General Election November 8, we must have one goal and that is to elect individuals who will foster civility, compassion, and respect of all North Carolinians and those who bless us with their visits.
(“Active Hate Groups in the United States”, Southern Poverty Law Ctr., Montgomery, AL. March 2016)