The Southern Poverty Law Center is helping keep track of hate across the United States. This week, the organization released its annual census of hate groups in the Spring 2017 issue of its Intelligence Report. They included an interactive map that marked the location of recognized hate groups all across the United States.

“I just want to point out that there’s something going on right now in our country, and it’s fairly dramatic,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law who usually writes the “Year in Hate” analysis, during a press conference call. “I don’t think I’m telling anybody something they don’t know when I say that Trump’s election has been absolutely electrifying to the radical right.”

Potok also outlined many of the recent hate attacks. To just name a few: the dozens of different bomb threats phoned into various Jewish community centers and synagogues around the country, two Muslim mosques burned to the ground in just the last month (the one in Victoria, Texas, burned just a couple of hours after the Trump administration announced the executive order that initiated the so-called Muslim ban, and late last fall when several members of a radical anti-government group plotted to load four different vehicles with high explosives and bomb a housing complex for Somali-Muslim immigrants in Garden City, Kansas.

The interactive graphic mapping out America’s hate groups is available on the SPLC’s website, where visitors can click on different icons to get more information about the organizations.

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The round up includes all sorts of intolerant organizations, including anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigration, white supremacy groups, and more. SPLC used hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources, and news reports to compile the list of groups.

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Data collected also shows that hate group activity was declining between 2011 and 2014. But once presidential candidates began their campaigns for the 2016 election, high-profile extremist ideas helped lead to the proliferation of hate groups.

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More information about the rise of hate group activity and the election of Trump’s effects on this trend can be found on the SPLC website.

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