"Ugly Immigration Debate" Incites More Hate Crimes

March 10, 2008

The Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Law Poverty Center (SLPC) has issued a report, "The Year in Hate." It counted 888 hate groups compared to 844 in 2006. The SLPC noted a correlation between anti-immigrant activism, and the significant rise in hate crimes against Hispanics in the United States. FBI statistics showed an 35% increase in hate crimes against Hispanics and Latinos from 2003-2006,

The SLPC identified 300 anti-immigration groups with about half being identified as "nativist extremists."

The Intelligence Report states:

"Although there were some signs that nativist hatred may be starting to abate, you wouldn't know that by listening to the furious rants of many groups. "America is being destroyed from within by a modern version of Genghis Khan's army," the Emigration Party of Nevada, listed by the SPLC as a hate group, said. The group's leader, Don Pauly, wants to send government "sniper teams" to the border and forcibly sterilize Mexican women after a first child."

The hate groups counted are in the mainland United States, and do not include the territories. According to the SLPC web-site:

"All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.

This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.

Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list."

The web-site lists profiles of 20 anti-immigration leaders.



Saipan Writer said...

I love the SPLC. They do an amazing job.

Years ago they handed out free a packet, with video,games, and activities to teach tolerance to kids. I donated one copy to SIS, where it was used with kindergartners (my daughter's class and the others). I also used it with my Chamorro and Carolinian nieces and nephews, just as an auntie having fun. It was amazing to me how effective a box of crayons and a discussion of "white" and "black" could be on understanding the many shades of real people.

Their news is disturbing, but the fact that they are monitoring, reporting, and emphasizing these issues helps us all combat racial and ethnic hate.

Site Administrator said...

I donate to them because of their Teaching Tolerance Program, but follow their work in human and civil rights also. I ordered every free video and book that they have offered to teachers. Teachers can get their newsletter and free teaching materials at http://www.teachingtolerance.org

I also received a grant from them for a homeless and poverty project that I conducted with my students. Their resources are excellent, and I hope CNMI teachers will take advantage of their offerings.

I enjoy your blog.