CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The nonprofit group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been tracking hate groups of all kinds in the United States for years. The SPLC is a very well known legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.
In its own statement on its website they claim,
Part of the SPLC mission is to identify hate groups that are operating around the country and they do so with what they call a Hate Map. They claim there are currently 917 active hate groups operating in the US in 2016. Among the groups they track are Neo-Nazis, Black Separatists, Anti-Immigration, Anti-LGTB to name only a few.
Checking the SPLC hate map in Charlottesville, Va. after the attacks over the weekend, there are no hate groups identified in that city. In nearby Richmond the SPLC identifies not one, but two Ku Klux Klan groups that are known to operate there.
In Ohio, according to the SPLC there are currently 19 active hate groups. In Cleveland and Akron area the SPLC identifies five groups;
- A Black Separatists group (Cleveland)
- A Black Separatists and Nation of Islam group (Cleveland)
- An Anti-Muslim group (Cleveland)
- An Anti-LGBT group (North Royalton)
- A Black Separatists and Nation of Islam group (Akron)
In Ohio there are three white separatists/Neo-Nazi groups identified by the SPLC. Two of those are in the Columbus area and one in Cincinnati.