Arizona's Hate Groups, Mapped

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has updated its register of hate groups, and also provided maps of the locations for said hate groups.

This year, Arizona clocked in with 20 such groups; not much has changed since 19 were identified back in 2009.

No surprise here: Most of these groups are based in or around Phoenix. A handful of hate groups aren't pinned down to any one city.

On the northern edge of the state, SLPC is counting the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Warren Jeffs-controlled polygamist community, as a "general hate" group.

On the southern border, Glenn Spencer's "American Border Patrol" group is listed, as an anti-immigrant group, naturally.

Of note, the SPLC identified 21 of what is calls "nativist extremist" groups in Arizona back in 2009. Its most recent count is down to three. SPLC put murderer/Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready on the cover of one of its quarterly "Intelligence Report" issues a couple years ago, identifying his killing spree as something of a bookend to the immigrant-hunting efforts around Arizona.

There aren't many surprises on the list, like the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, whose pastor prays for President Obama's death and believes gays should be executed.

If you check out SPLC's map, you'll see that most hate groups operate in the east. Texas and California are the only two states west of Missouri with more hate groups than Arizona, and only one other state in the west (Colorado) has more than 10.

Find Arizona's index of hate groups below:

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DNichols
DNichols

On the up side:

If the "Hate Group Map" was complete it would be handy for tourists to help them  find the G.O.P. Presidents office, the Maricopa County Sheriffs office, and the Governors office.

KnowItAll
KnowItAll

Where are the Latin "hate" groups?  Interesting.  Hmm

Shadow_Wolf2014
Shadow_Wolf2014

The 81 year old asinine old fool, who sits on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo bank. Once quoted on the now defunct CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, as saying: 


"It's an honor to be called the KKK."


At that point, he made himself known to the American public as a reprehensible little hate monger. Even Lou Dobbs himself couldn't fathom the thought of that quota on national television and shied away from the topic. Dobbs and everyone else came to realize how imbecilic our feeble Shurf is.

2loveknuckletats
2loveknuckletats

I hate haters and the fact that haters get to walk around hating anybody that they want to hate. I would <i>love</i> to lock them all up and contain their hate within prison walls. I would still go on hating them as I walk around freely, but having the haters locked away would make my hatred of them feel even more righteous than it already does. I also hate people who don't share my hatred of the haters. Neutral people are the reason that the haters exist at all. If everybody else united in their hatred of the haters, these hate groups wouldn't stand a chance. Other than that, I'm okay with pretty much everybody else and am generally a cheerful, positive person.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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                  Arizona = The Hate State

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Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

Tea Party? General Hate? They generally hate paying taxes. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

You forgot La Raza and Disrespect Arizona (aka Respect Arizona). Since when is it hate to insist that our laws be followed? Oh, the Phoenix New Times should be on the list. And the ones you listed were mistakenly put there.

Shadow_Wolf2014
Shadow_Wolf2014

Didn't the Phoenix Police Dept. created a special unit designed to hunt down racist violent criminals? It seems that the number of biased related hate crimes in the greater Phoenix area has dropped significantly in the past year or so. Despite the number of "hate groups" that remains intact, but less active than in previous years.


The recent racist White Man March that was supposed to take place in Tempe 2 weeks ago, where virtually no white supremacist bothered to show up was evident that the rabid WN movement is dying in Phoenix. This possibly signals a dying trend in public events hosted by white criminal extremists. Maybe because of the growing number of counter-protesters and other American opposition groups and the dismay by the general public as a whole, appear to be united against such racist white activities. Not even the moderate conservatives (the majority btw) would dare embrace them.

Shadow_Wolf2014
Shadow_Wolf2014

Florida is not too far off from Texas, trailing behind by only 1 "hate group". They are the third state in the U.S. with a significant presence of "hate groups" and racism. Just reported recently Gov. Rick Scott's top Latino fundraiser ditched his campaign team, after Scott's racist campaign staff made despicable jokes about Latinos. It seems that the RepubliKKKans of Florida's "Hispanic Outreach" efforts are now backfiring in their two-faces. 


I hope the Hispanic voting bloc, which btw, is the largest minority voting bloc in FL. Open their eyes and see the hypocrisy of the Republican party. That party should also be classified as a "hate group".

DNichols
DNichols

They forgot to mention that Sheriff Arpaio, and G.O.P. President Russell Pearce have strong ties to many of the listed Hate Groups, and essentially these hate groups are alligned with all right wing Republicans?!

I feel sorry for the Republican Party as a whole, they have lost thier way, and American Principles, and Values of Good.

rkeefe57
rkeefe57

Mr. Hendley, you've made several erroneous assumptions about the SPLC's "Hate Map" fundraising tool. 


1. There's no legal definition for "hate group," which is why even the FBI does not, cannot, designate "hate groups," but somehow a private fundraising outfit can?


2. Because there is no standard definition, a "hate group" is pretty much anything the SPLC's public relations chief, Mark Potok, says it is. The SPLC receives no external review or oversight, and as you demonstrate, little if any scrutiny by the media.


3. That "handful of hate groups aren't pinned down to any one city," make up 33% of Arizona's total. They're not pinned down because Mr. Potok has no idea where they are. Nationwide, 220 of his alleged 940 "groups" are homeless. That's 24% right off the top. 


THIS is hard data?


http://wp.me/pCLYZ-km


4. Mr. Potok has most definitely NOT "provided maps of the locations for said hate groups." He hasn't provided a single address. Is it really useful to say that there is a chapter of the National Socialist Movement in Tucson? Can you, as a trained journalist, track down and confirm all of the alleged groups based on the skimpy information Mr. Potok has provided?


In 2011, I had the opportunity to ask Mark Potok directly about the huge discrepancies in his "hate group" numbers and he told me that his information was "anecdotal," "a rough estimate" and "an imperfect process." I recorded the exchange and you can see it on Youtube for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOQaWTSdNDI


5. Sadly, tens of thousands of well-meaning donors don't realize that Mr. Potok's numbers are a rough guess. They take him at his word and last year they sent him $37 million tax-free donor dollars, based on his spurious numbers. That's just over $103,000 dollars each and every day, and that does not include the $35 million in tax-free interest generated by the SPLC's $280 million dollar "endowment fund."


With that kind of money at stake, and no external oversight, especially not from the media, Mr. Potok and the SPLC have a huge incentive to maintain their decades-long fear campaign. 

Please, Mr. Hendley, as a trained journalist, do more than simply regurgitate Mr. Potok's fundraising copy. Take an hour to investigate his claims more closely to see if they stand up to your standards. You owe it to your readers.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

West of the Missouri??? Anyway, I see the potential for that "Faithful Word Baptist Church" to take up the mantle of WBC some day. And I find it surprising that Warren Jeffs still controls his flock up north, just like Al Capone controlled his crime organization from Alcatraz. You'd think prison authorities would put a stop to that.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

I think SPLC is missing the mark on this. Todays groups lay low and differ from the days of JT Ready and Chris Simcox. Todays groups keep a much lower profile. 

KnowItAll
KnowItAll

@DNichols Right.  Because those politicians are worse are so much bigger than the Mexicans infiltrating all of the communities.  Holy drug dealing!

DNichols
DNichols

@Knowitall

The Latins are too busy working hard towards America's PROSPERITY, and enjoying life to form worthless groups to Hate others?!

Hmm

KnowItAll
KnowItAll

@DonkeyHotay Wrong.  Apparently California, which has more non whites than whites as well as neo liberals and anti constitutionalist law makers owns that honor /irony

Shadow_Wolf2014
Shadow_Wolf2014

@Comanche_Moon They hate the U.S. centralized federal government, Democrats, women, non-whites, education and modern civilized society.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Shadow_Wolf2014  "Didn't the Phoenix Police Dept. created a special unit designed to hunt down racist violent criminals"


Rather Self-destructive, no?



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

Take a class in logic.

If person A likes person B. That doesn't mean that person B also likes person A.

The fact that right wing extremists tend to be Republicans does not mean that Republicans tend to be right wing extremists.

This is really pretty elementary logic.

 

logicman
logicman

@DNichols  I knew I was going to scroll down to the comment section and see some lame post like yours.  

shadeaux
shadeaux

@rkeefe57,

So, you think that an organization calling itself the "Vinlanders Arizona" is a wine tasting group? Or maybe the "National Socialist Freedom Movement" sponsors free dance parties?


There is no question in any sane person's mind what these groups are so your argument boils down to not what they are but rather, where they are.


I don't need to see the location of a pile of dogshit to know that it exists. I can tell by the smell.



Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@KnowItAll Americans are to blame for fueling Mexico's drug empire. Stay off of meth. Get help. And the drug cartels just might weakened.

DNichols
DNichols

@Knowitall

Stop the Hate.

Criminals are Criminals, they come in all colors, and sadly in Arizona many are in Political Offices.

KnowItAll
KnowItAll

@DNichols Oh is that what they call drug dealing these days, working hard towards America's PROSPERITY?  The groups I was talking about are the ones that only give services and money received to the latin people from the federal government on the taxpayers of all ethnicities' dime.

Hmm

logicman
logicman

@DNichols  You are talking about the ones that aren't locked up right?

DNichols
DNichols

@ValleyTake a lesson in extracting your head from its crevas?!

In Arizona the G.O.P. President /Leader, and Top Pink Pantied Law Thing are "Right Wing Extremist Whack Jobs"!

PERIOD.

Wake Up?!

DNichols
DNichols

@shadow-wolf2014

Kinda looks like Arpaio was getting tounge in his ear?

And G.O.P. President Russell Pearce is a known Nazi Hugger, he even Baptized the Leader J.T. Ready as a "Latter Day Saint"

The SPLC could save some print by just listing the Arizona Right Wing Republican Party as a Hate Group?!

DNichols
DNichols

@logicman   

Did you "Hate" my comment?!

rkeefe57
rkeefe57

@shadeaux @rkeefe57 I'm a sane person and I do question Mr. Potok's methods and motives. I guess I'm just not ready to allow a private fundraising outfit to designate "hate groups" arbitrarily based on their own vague and subjective criteria. Somehow that smacks of old fashioned vigilantism.

I don't belong to any of the groups listed, and no doubt I would disagree with much of what many of them have to say, but unless they are breaking the law, they have as much right to say what they want as you or I. That's called Democracy, as opposed to Demagoguery.

The problem with Mr. Potok's brand of vigilantism is that there's absolutely nothing preventing him from labeling your group as a "hate group" since he is the sole arbiter of the brand.

If you actually read the legend below Mr. Potok's "Hate Map" tool, you'll find he admits that these people have done nothing illegal:

"Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity."

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map

No crime. No violence. Just "wrong thinking."

Just because we may not like what others have to say does not give any of us the right to arbitrarily abrogate their First Amendment rights. Oddly enough, Mr. Potok doesn't see things that way, as his "Hate Map" legend also contends:

"Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing."

I don't know about you, but I get a little concerned when an alleged "civil rights organization" deliberately conflates six of the most fundamental First Amendment RIGHTS with "criminal acts" and "hate group activities."

Under Mr. Potok's definition, Dr. King, the Freedom Riders and everyone who participated in the Civil Rights Movement would qualify as "hate group" members. I don't agree with that.

So yeah, I do question Mr. Potok's methods and motives, especially with tens of millions of dollars involved. But that's just me. Others prefer to let someone else do their thinking for them. It's a free country.

KnowItAll
KnowItAll

@DNichols I'm not hating, just speaking the truth, however, I don't disagree with your last sentence.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@logicman @DNicholsThe aryan brotherhood. If you're all about logic. Surely you know life behind prison walls is divided by race. Not gangs. A Blood and a Crip can become one behind prison walls. 

DNichols
DNichols

@Valley

Please take a lesson in anal inversion, once your head is extracted your views may become clearer?!

Grade School level?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

You continue to make my point.  Really, for your own sake, take a class in logic.  You should be able to find one at a community college.  High school level would be sufficient.

And by the way, you know, don't you, that Arpaio doesn't hold any State office?   He's just a County Sheriff, regardless of how loudly he blows his own horn.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux  

Read the other comments, then tell me again about this "credible source".

shadeaux
shadeaux

When I'm told by a credible source.....yes. Do you deny all that you cannot prove?

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