With Donald Trump winning the US presidential elections, various hate groups have become louder over the past weeks. Sadly, there are some who are more violent than the other, resulting in harm, damage and growing fear among people.
Below are some these groups who have amassed widespread popularity for their negative reputation.
Modern Day Hate Groups
Ku Klux Klan
The Ku Klux Klan or KKK is one of the most well-known hate groups in history. A background check will show that they originated from the southern part of the US and was formed as a protest against the Civil Rights Movement. Later on, a second manifestation of the group formed directing their violence towards Jews, Catholics, homosexuals and immigrants.
Presently, some white supremacist and right-wing extremist groups use the KKK name. With 5,000 to 8,000 members, the KKK remains to be one of the bigger hate groups around today.
Next is Combat 18 which is a neo-nazi group that was previously affiliated with Blood and Honor. With a name derived from the initials of Adolf Hitler, one can just imagine the awful things do. This includes murders, racial attacks and gun running on a global scale.
The group is described “as an anti-Semitic Muslim group that advocates for the creation of a global Islamic state,” by the Anti-Defamation League. The organization is led by activist Amir Abdul Malik Ali, who encourages a practice similar to the Nation of Islam. They have even claimed that Jews were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
National Socialist Movement
Lastly, National Socialist Movement is the largest neo-Nazi organization in the US. Historically formed in 1974 they have now grown to 61 chapters in 35 states over the years. Despite their seemingly legitimate name, the NSM believes in “defending the right of white people everywhere, preservation of our European culture and heritage, strengthening family values, and economic self-sufficiency.” Which is all code for racism?
Hate Groups increasing in number
While these are just a few of the many hate groups around the globe which target the rights of LGBTQs and minorities, among others, there are still more coming about. And rather than lessening this type of ignorant behavior, it is increasing more and more at an alarming rate.
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