MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Southern Poverty Law Center issued its annual report on far-right extremist groups Tuesday, saying the number of groups has dropped for the first time in a decade.
However, the SPLC said there are still more than 2,000 groups, and the radical right remains at historically high levels.
“The radical right is growing leaner and meaner,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and the editor of the report. “The numbers are down somewhat, but the potential for violence remains high.”
“Moreover, there is a disturbing dynamic at play. At the same time that the number of extremist groups is dropping, there is more mainstream acceptance of radical-right ideas.”
Far-right extremist groups include two sets, hate groups and “patriot” groups.
But don’t be mistaken by the term patriot, this has nothing to do with who you voted for or your feelings on taxes.
The patriot groups from the list have specific ideologies, most commonly, that the US government will soon impose martial law, seize all civilian weapons, put resistors in concentration camps built by FEMA, and initiate a socialist world order.
The SPLC says Alabama has 22 hate groups, including Racist Skinhead, White Nationalist, Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Neo-Confederate and Black Separatist groups.
The SPLC says it monitors six hate groups in north Alabama:
-Confederate Hammerskins (Racist Skinhead) – Huntsville
-Crew 38 (Racist Skinhead) – Huntsville
–Council of Conservative Citizens (White Nationalist) – Cullman
–Council of Conservative Citizens (White Nationalist) – Florence
–League of the South (Neo-Confederate) – Killen
-North Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Red Bay