Thursday, July 28, 2005

Three In Nashville: A SPLC Map Of Hate Groups In Tennessee

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were three active hate groups working in Nashville last year:
  1. Council of Conservative Citizens: "a reincarnation of the White Citizens Councils that sprang up in the South in the 1950s and 1960s to oppose school desegregation. Like the League of the South, a neo-confederate group to which it has many links, the 15,000-member Council has tried without success to mask its white supremacist ideology to better promote a right-wing political agenda."
  2. Nation of Islam: "typically opposes integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions -- or even a separate nation -- for blacks .... strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and ... asserts that blacks -- not Jews -- are the Biblical 'chosen people' of God."
  3. National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: "with its mystique and its long history of violence, is the most infamous -- and oldest -- of American hate groups. Although blacks have typically been the Klan's primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, homosexuals and, until recently, Catholics. Over the years since it was formed in December 1865, the Klan has typically seen itself as a Christian organization, although in modern times Klan groups are motivated by a variety of theological and political ideologies."
The SPLC has a map of hate groups in Tennessee. Plus it links to a list of hate incidents in the state. Worth a look.

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