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Mapping hate: Southern Poverty Law Center monitors extremist groups across U.S.

Mapping hate: Southern Poverty Law Center monitors extremist groups across U.S. (Image provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center)

In the wake of violence between white nationalists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend that claimed the life of 32-year old Heather Heyer and injured 34 others, much of America is more closely examining the complexion of their own communities.

The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists across the US.

They say there are 917 hate groups currently operating in America.

The non-profit legal advocacy and civil rights group has developed a map that lays out the geography of hate groups quite specifically.

In D.C., they've identified 21 different groups from anti-immigrant and white nationalists, to multiple anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT groups.

In Maryland, there are 18 groups on their list, including neo-Nazis, a group dedicated to holocaust denying, and at least three black separatist organizations.

In Virginia, the numbers escalate to 42 known hate-groups that include racist skinheads, the Nation of Islam and anti-LGBT.

And while there are none based in Charlottesville, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified at least two KKK groups within a short driving distance of the city.

The data is compiled using the hate group's own publications and websites, along with citizen, news and law enforcement reports.

Track activity in your area here: https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

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