Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rising Hatred a New Report Reveals Equal Opportunity Extremism

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rising Hatred a New Report Reveals Equal Opportunity Extremism

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Every year the Southern Poverty Law Center issues a report about the state of hate groups in America. Some Americans are in an especially angry mood, as the growth in the number of such organizations, including in Pennsylvania, will attest.The center's 2016 edition of "The Year in Hate and Extremism" is a portal to the nation's dark side.

In a political season dense with calls to oppose Syrian refugee resettlement, freeze the immigration of all Muslims to the United States and build an impenetrable wall across the border with Mexico, many sentiments that used to be confined to the political fringe have gone mainstream.

Tapping into cultural resentments such as opposition to marriage equality and concerns about the continuing shift in the nation's demographic makeup, hate groups are proliferating nationwide. …

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