Anti-Latino hate groups grow almost 50 percent in 7 years
Posted by Elena del Valle on February 12, 2008
Mark Potok, director, Intelligence Report of SPLC
Photo: Mark Potok, National Council of La Raza
Is immigration based hate speech aimed at Latinos getting out of hand? Although immigration growth has slowed down in the last 18 months, hate groups have been booming between 2000 and 2007.
Growth estimates for groups with explicitly racial hate messages, due for release this year, are expected to be close to 50 percent, according to a spokesperson from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). At the same time, data released by the FBI and California officials indicates a 35 percent spike in anti-Latino violence in the United States between 2003 and 2006.
“I do think it will continue. The fact that immigration is slowing down has not reached those groups,” said Mark Potok, director, Intelligence Report of SPLC, an organization that has expressed concern about this issue for the past four years, in relation to the hate group growth in spite of the downward trend in immigration growth.
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Parallel to the mushrooming of anti-Latino hate groups, there has been a boom of nativists, white supremacist groups who favor U.S. born residents over recent immigrants. Since April 2005, 250 nativist groups have been established in various parts of the country.
SPLC classifies 144 of those groups as Confrontational Nativist Extremists or groups of individuals who exhibit anti-Latino confrontational behavior. Although they tend to be concentrated in Border States, some of the hate groups can also be found in less likely places like Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota.
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According to watch dog organizations like SPLC and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), this surge in violence and vitriolic messages in the United States is worrisome. The Council, in partnership with likeminded organizations, recently launched the Wave of Hope Campaign and a companion website, WeCanStopTheHate.org, to draw attention to the issue. The campaign also urges news media networks and presidential candidates to set aside hateful rhetoric while addressing immigration and Latino issues.
“The immigration issue deserves serious debate and serious solutions,” said Janet Murguía, president and chief executive officer, NCLR. “We cannot have that debate as long as hate has the floor. There’s a bully in the room, and each of these candidates has a choice. They can stand up to the bully or they can cater to him. It is a question of courage or cowardice. To date, we have seen far too little courage.”
Janet Murguía, president and chief executive officer, NCLR
Murguía criticized cable news television for “handing hate a microphone” by hosting representatives from hate and vigilante groups such as Dan Stein of Federation for American Immigration Reform and Jim Gilchrist and Chris Simcox of the Minuteman Project more than 110 times, usually identifying them only as “anti-immigration advocates.”
She also pointed at television figures such as CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck and MSNBC political commentator Pat Buchanan for copying hate speech and providing a forum that demonizes Hispanics. Representatives of CNN declined to respond to email and phone questions about NCLR’s allegation. The Anti-Defamation League, an organization listed in the Allies section of the new website, also declined to respond to questions about the issue and its involvement in the campaign and companion website.
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You’re a typical American Hispanic that supports Spanish speaking illegal aliens and that makes you a racist,because if they were black,white of yellow,we wouldn’t be talking! You don’t give American citizenship to some one that comitted an illegal act to get here,it’s worth more than that!
Hate comes from ignorance. The growth of hate groups comes from all the misinformation that gets distributed by the mainsteam media and popular “news” sources who exploit people’s emotional reaction to the controversial issue.
I disagree with Dave on everything he said, but he may be right about one thing. Ultimately it is about who you simpatize with. Unfortunately too many people prefer to sympatize with their rich exploiters, rather than with those who are the most exploited. This has been true since the times of American slavery, surely even before that, and it is true today.
hispanics are taking over many parts of america by numbers,culture,crime,drugs, gangs and taxing every part system the reason many south american countries are currupt is because most people from mexico and south america are the same. the fact is, most of them of our countrys system. and most of them hate america. good news is, it won’t last forever
Dave’s comments are typical of strawman tactics to label Latinos as racist because they support a sound approach to the Illegal Immigration issue for all Illegal Aliens. Notice how “Dave” couldn’t cite any proof of that Latinos only care about Spanish speaking illegals, as well as proof that Latinos exclude illegals from other countries and continents outside of Latin America?
I guess all Jews are racist because a majority of them help out other Jews or how about Korean Immigrant support groups helping out newer Korean immigrants? See where Dave’s argument doesn’t hold up? It’s just frivolous posturing w/out any facts.
Hispanics are also black, white and yellow!
What I have a problem understanding is why all immigration talk is about Hispanics. I know illegal aliens from many other countries, some sleep better at night than others because they are black, white or yellow…Then you have those that did follow the law and came to America with a resident visa, but they are still discriminated against in one way or another, unless you’re playing the all American sport, I believe things will never change for people that do not look “American” it will not matter if you were born in North, South or Central America.
Close the borders
If I need my grass mowed I’ll do it myself
I had to spend 5 months in jail due to a dui.All I can same is 95 percent of the inmates were latino.
If these Latinos are so proud of their country by showing their flag hanging in their car then go back there and stop forcing your rotten spanish language on us,that is why we are in a recession b/c our own Government keeps letting them in and boy do they like to multilpy!And taking away all out money!They even want Social Security!Go away!
If any foreigner’s break the Law send them back to thier country.
Just because latinos come here, that does not mean they hate their country, we are proud to be who we are and where we are from. Where did the white race come from, have you taken any history classes, do some research, you are a mixed race…People who hate spanish is because they can’t speak it, or hate when we speak it and people can’t understand it…I just want to say we carry our flag, white people don’t, yet they claim their land, if it wasn’t for immigrants, immigration wouldn’t exist. Better yet, this land ain’t yours, it use to be indian native, until it was taken away from them…Look it up, if anybody should be mad, it should be them…
The first latinos were not even close to the mestizos because they were the Romans from Italy before B.C.. Romans spoke Latin and they were of course white but also the first Latinos in history. The latin people originate from southern Europe and proper Spanish is not street talk it is Castillian and there are some Castillian spoken in the Latin Americas like for example in El Salvador and Guatamala. P.S. Love to all people.
I believe that the craven remarks on hispanics expressed here bloom not from fear of the stereotypical little brown rum-drinking, cigar-smoking illegal illiterate stereotype who can speak rarely a word of English, ends up living in a slum and gives fruit to a brood of begging welfare recipients, but from fear of COMPETITION from the contemporary LEGAL hispanics that are growing in numbers nationwide; fully bilingual, comfortable with their roots, educated and skilled and not afraid to strive aggressively to succeed. Because of the nation’s growing cultural diversity, the xenophobes are today afraid that eventually the good-ole’-boy networks of familiar exclusivism and favor will succumb to attrition, but they are truly, deathly afraid that one day they will have to report to a seasoned hispanic boss with no common ties to them at work, because on that day, the bubble of pseudoNietzscheist pretentions and comfort that they live in will have burst forever.
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Vile, right wing Republican stuff (blame it on the evil intentions of the President) and subtle requests for money.
Here is as nasty a hate group as you’ll find– run by a buy from Columbia! Is he fomenting hatred or just trying to fleece the gullible? Hard to say– but the posts sure are ugly.