Hate Crime Groups Surged Since Obama’s Election


In light of Sunday's deadly attack outside two Jewish centers in Kansas City, NBC put together a snapshot of hate crime in America. There are 939 active hate groups in the United States, a 56 percent increase since 2000, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The number surged in response to President Obama's election and the economic downturn, growing from 888 in 2008 to 1,007 in 2012 before falling back slightly last year.

Members of these groups and others were involved in 5,796 “incidents” in 2012, the most recent year for which the FBI has compiled data. While that number declined from the 6,222 incidents reported in the prior year, 7,164 people were victimized. As defined by federal law, hate crimes involve “manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.”

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