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‘Patriot’ Groups At All-Time High, Hate Groups Up Again: Report

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‘Patriot’ Groups At All-Time High, Hate Groups Up Again: Report


Birmingham, AL’s Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors right-wing “Patriot” groups, hate groups and hate crimes across the country, released a report this week that found there were 1,360 radical, anti-government “Patriot” groups (including 321 militias) in 2012. Such groups numbered only 149 in 2008. This represents an 813 percent rise since President Obama took office—and not coincidentally, the fourth straight year the numbers have increased.

“These numbers far exceed the movement’s peak in the 1990s, when militias were inflamed by the 1993 Brady Bill and the 1994 assault rifle ban,” says the report.

At the same time, active “hate groups – neo-Nazis, white nationalists, racist skinheads, and others” continue to proliferate at near-record highs. The SPLC counted 1,007 such groups in 2012. Organizations considered hate groups by the Center “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” and their activities can include “criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.”

The Center’s president, Richard Cohen, sent a letter (PDF) to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week, urging them to “create a new task force to ensure the government is devoting the resources needed to address domestic terrorism.” Said SPLC founder and chief trial attorney Morris Dees in an email to supporters:

We’re seeing ominous threats from extremists who believe the government is poised to take their guns. It’s the same type of atmosphere we saw in the mid-1990s when we warned then-Attorney General Janet Reno of the danger. Six months later, militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 men, women, and children.

In a post on the Center’s Hatewatch blog, the report’s author, Senior Fellow Mark Potok, sums up the current climate. “The resurgence of the Patriot movement, which first rose and fell in the 1990s, has largely been a reaction to the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008 — and the demographic change, including the loss of the country’s white majority predicted for 2043, that he represents — as well as the difficult economy, he writes. “The recent talk of gun control, which has sparked state legislative efforts to ‘nullify’ any federal legislation and also a movement of rural sheriffs who promise to resist, is now adding fuel to a fire that was already burning at white-hot temperatures.”

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  1. daniel bostdorf March 7, 2013

    This article states facts:
    “Organizations considered hate groups by the Center “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” and their activities can include “criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.”

    The reason why “Patriot Groups” are at an all time high has to do with hate mongering.

    Glenn Beck, skinheads, Birchers and their Teaparty fans are all tied together in one giant ball of fascism and hate. Extreme right wing media like Fox and Limbaugh perpetuate the hate with propaganda that inflames these racist passions.

    Democracy Now website has an extensive list of articles and videos about these groups under the topic “right wing militias”

    I WANT these “domestic terrorist groups” to become public and exposed. The FBI has many dozens of covert spying missions both human asset and electronic monitoring and cataloging members of these groups. This includes satellite audio/video surveillance as well as the introduction of drones long before they became public knowledge.

    These groups engage in extremist propaganda in a democracy. They appeal to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the poorer and less-educated classes in order to gain power.

    They usually opposes deliberation/compromise, and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; They accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness.

    They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.

    These groups, along with right wing media, keeps repeating lies and disinformation intentionally in order to make you believe that they are being factual or more patriotic then you or me. Propaganda is particular way of presenting a message, usually false to be blatantly biased in favor of his lies.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”—-nazis Joseph Goebbels

    The truth is also the greatest enemy of these hate groups too.

    1. tdm3624 March 7, 2013

      Racists aren’t just on the right wing- they exist everywhere, and within every race.

      1. daniel bostdorf March 7, 2013

        The instances of overt, systematic racism that are seen today are still highly disturbing, but less frequent than they may have been thirty years ago. The more frequently encountered problem is that of institutional, systemic racism (embodied by the sentiment of “that’s just the way we’ve always done things around here”). These attitudes are often highly exclusive, and account for major barriers in the workplace, as well as on a social and societal level. The same type of attitude is often in evidence in matters of sex, sexuality, religion, and other such considerations. In these circumstances, the people in positions of power often do not perceive there to be a problem, and in any case it is not reasonable to expect the people in positions of power to police themselves with regard to their own behaviour. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the government to clearly define what kinds of attitudes and policies are unacceptable, and to promote policies of equity – policies that compensate for the presence of ingrained, systemic barriers.

        Ayn Rand taught us all too well that the battle for the world is the battle for definitions.

        Belief in the superiority of a particular race; antagonism between races; theory that human abilities are determined by race.(Source: The Oxford Minidictionary, 1991 )

        This one isn’t so easy…it takes a historic perspective to define this…

        Jean-Marie Le Pen and Pim Fortuyn have occupied a fair bit of time in the European media recently. Almost every article or publication you read that discusses these two individuals associates them with the “far right”. The “far right” is not a term they ever care to define.

        Let’s try to define it ourselves.

        The left/right wing division is primarily an economic one. Chairman Mao Tse-Tung was undeniably left-wing. So was Mahatma Gandhi.

        There is, of course, a huge difference. Gandhi is a man associated with peace and love, and Mao is associated with the death of millions of his own people through social experiments .

        We accept then, that political figures on the left can be differentiated from each other by a factor beyond their left-wingness.

        The same can be said of the political right. Not all right-wingers are racist. The media (dare I say the liberal media?) are constantly bombarding us with information about racist right-wingers – in fact, now all they have to do is make reference to the “far right” and it is assumed that people will understand that they mean racist, bigoted, anti-semite holocaust deniers!

        This does damage to the right-wing as a whole, and the media strategy is one of misrepresentation: People ask themselves what the single most defining characteristic of Le Pen and Joerg Haider is, and arrive at the conclusion that they are racist.

        Then they are told that these people are “right-wing”. The logical fallacy that results from this and that is peddled by the media is: The far right is inherently racist.

        Le Pen and Joerg Haider’s economic policies are almost of no consequence to this discussion.

        The problem with these people is not that they are right-wing, it is that they are racist – this is the characteristic that makes them despicable, makes people reject them so wholeheartedly. By throwing in the characteristic “right-wing” one merely creates an unnecessary association.

        Mea Culpa 🙂

        This alleged definition of “right-wing” (the definition which says they are racist) needs to be overcome by the true definition. At the moment, few politicians will stand up and proudly declare “I am right wing”.

        To do so would be to draw immediate conotations of racism from the public and most probably slander along those lines from one’s political enemies.

        Like the true definition of “left-wing” (which, I hasten to point out, is not “vicious bloodthirsty totalitarian murderer”), the true definition of “right-wing” is an economic one.

        As Conservatives and Republicans have always done, members of the right-wing advocate less government control of the economy, lower taxes and a reduction in the welfare state.

        The most important battle of today is that of statism vs. libertarianism, and to attribute properties such as racism to the libertarians is dangerous and a distortion of the discussion.

        Of course, attributing the property of totalitarianism and genocide to the statists (communists) is no better, but sadly the media does not even create a balance of this negativity.

        But— if it talks like a right wind racist/fascist, walks like a right wing racist/facist…….then…it is a fright wing racist/fascist.

        No matter what their individual name is.

        1. Sand_Cat March 7, 2013

          What you say is true, but a great deal of today’s right wing is racist, not “by definition,” but by their actions. It’s very hard not to attribute racism to those with the incredible level of hatred we see for a man who is essentially a moderate conservative who happens to be black.

          1. daniel bostdorf March 7, 2013

            I agree: if it talks like a right wing racist/fascist, walks like a right wing racist/facist…….then…it is a frightenly right wing racist/fascist.

          2. sunshine March 8, 2013

            You should always wonder why the left media are always hiding the truth from the people. Why are they so scared to tell the truth?? Thank God for Fox news. At least they have the balls to tell what it is.

          3. Sand_Cat March 8, 2013

            You mean they’re not covering your paranoid fantasies and malicious slurs to your satisfaction?

        2. Dominick Vila March 8, 2013

          Daniel, I agree with everything you said. Perhaps we should refer to people like Scalia, a Justice in the Supreme Court, as a bigot rather than a “conservative or right wing extremist”. His statement about “racial entitlement” is enough to qualify him for such dubious honor.

          1. whodatbob March 8, 2013

            Dominick, you are correct! Just Daniel was ranting, bigots and hate mongers will use that against us to attract more members.

            As a young right leaning centerist business major I worked with a man who published the news paper for a conservitive organization that thought John Birch Society was too liberal. Anything liberals published was easily turned against them. His paper turned me into a centerist leaning liberal.

            Ranting and raving, name calling or under estimating your opposition does not help youe cause only hurts it.

        3. whodatbob March 8, 2013

          By God man! I hope no right leaning people read this blog, because all the verbage you used to rant and rave just sent them running to the hate groups. We center left andnormal liberals read this crap and think another one of ours has gon off the deep end.

        4. charleo1 March 8, 2013

          It’s an interesting post. But a bit too simplistic, and straw-mannish.
          The assertion that Gandhi, and Mao were Leftists. Mahatma Gandhi
          fought for social justice, and self determination for India aganist the
          British Crown. Mao, like Fidel Castro, was an opportunist, who seen
          the conditions of their respective Countries, ripe for revolution, and
          used the rhetoric of Gandhi to gain power. Then with a few cosmetic
          changes, meant to look as if they were seeking social justice, ruled
          their people as a One Man State. Now decidedly Right Wing, protecting
          the status quo. I’m always a little peeved, when Conservatives here
          continue to call them Leftist. Then, proceed to clump the Progressive
          Left in this Country, as working toward some evil Central Government. Planning, among other things, on stealing the wealth, and Liberty of American citizens, who had better keep their guns at the ready.
          This is how the decidedly, status quo, in this Country, feeds the
          militias recruitment efforts. One need not be White Supremacist to
          buy into the assumption that African Americans, or Latinos are
          Socialists at heart. And, the Black President is laying the groundwork for
          a government takeover of the private sector. Where your property will
          be taken, and redistributed to an undeserving lower class. But certainly,
          being a racist doesn’t prevent one from buying into that falsehood.
          And the Right has been very ambivalent of relieving the radicals, and
          extremist, of that ridiculous possibility. I see this as dangerous, and
          irresponsible, on the part of the Right. Dangerous for the Country, and
          dangerous for political leaders, especially Democrats, in a Nation now
          brisling with guns. And worse, it is unnecessary. If Conservatives
          believe in their smaller government, low taxes, philosophy, then why
          do they feel as if they must whip their supporters into a frightened,
          vote for us, the Commies are coming, frenzy? When the reality is no
          more apocalyptic, than a President, flying the Republican banner,
          screwed up royally, and the American public kicked them out for a
          cycle or two. Nothing less, and certainly nothing more.

        5. tdm3624 May 13, 2013

          I agree with everything you said, except you mentioned that it is “the responsibility of the government to clearly define what kinds of attitudes and policies are unacceptable..”

          What makes the government better able to define what is right and what is equitable as opposed to other organizations? Governments can be bought, influenced, and out of touch with reality.

      2. sunshine March 8, 2013

        I love that comment and your right. 🙂

    2. lana ward March 8, 2013

      Patriot groups are on the rise to defend our country and the constitution against the America hater, dictator Obama. We aren’t going to give our country over to a two bit low life that doesn’t even qualify to be President. People are seeing through him and what his intentions are. His days as president are numbered. He is the biggest fraud ever to happen to this country!!!!

  2. bpai99 March 7, 2013

    Never underestimate the power of hate and bigotry to govern human affairs. Especially when justified by religion. I’m sure many if not most of these haters consider themselves good Christians.

    “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.” – Adolf Hitler

    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B. Anthony

    1. nobsartist March 8, 2013

      “In God We Trust” the U.S. Government.

      So who is the bigot? And who is the liar?

      1. daniel bostdorf March 8, 2013

        what does this have to do with the topic?

        Can you offer us a bit more than a bumper sticker phrase to explain in detail what it is you mean?

    2. ANN March 8, 2013

      I live in the South. My neighbor goes to a very large Baptist Church. This preacher, preaches anti Obama , anti gun laws, anti food stamps. They don’t like blacks either. Being from New England I just don’t understand a Preacher that spews hate at a service.

      1. Michael Kollmorgen March 8, 2013

        If it weren’t for the hate the preacher is spewing out, he probably wouldn’t have a flock to preach to.

        Nothing like god, guns and hate to get people’s blood boiling down there in the south, especially if they are white.

        By the way, if you can prove (a video tape is the best evidence) this preacher is spewing Anti-Obama stuff etc., you can get that church’s non-profit tax status removed on grounds he is involved in politics directly from the pulpit.

        It’ll take some doing, but, it can be done.

      2. Dominick Vila March 9, 2013

        Their interpretation of Christ’s teachings is as twisted as the twisted image of Jesus they have concocted. Jesus was a Middleeastern man, with the same physiognomy as those we love to hate nowadays. The problem for preachers is that if they depicted Jesus the way he was, and taught Christianity based on the values he inspired, our “preachers” would have to find a new occupation to support themselves.

  3. nobsartist March 8, 2013

    It was nice for Obama to bail out his wall street friends. Now he has to deal with the many millions of Americans who got fucked over so Obama could enjoy his millionaire tax cut.

    You make your bed, you sleep in it.

    Obama’s lies about working for the “people” are going to come back to haunt him.

    1. lana ward March 8, 2013

      Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases to further slow the economy, wreck the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work

      1. Susan March 10, 2013

        Yes, Lana, the stock market certainly tanked in the last few days.

        1. lana ward March 10, 2013

          It will-watch!!

  4. docb March 8, 2013

    This is chilling..akin to the Salafists in Bangladesh, Egypt and Northern Africa…Fearful, ignorant and strict adherents to an unfounded radical suppressive imperialist theology ! Terrorists among us!

  5. Dominick Vila March 8, 2013

    Hate groups and anarchists have been around for decades. What fueled the growth of these groups in recent years was the election – and re-election – of a black man as President of the United States. These groups, whose common denominator is hatred, intolerance, greed and ignorance, are armed to the teeth and are extremely dangerous. Almost all its members are white males, suffering from paranoia and an inferiority complex motivated by the ascendancy of minorities to key government and corporate positions that are ending the hegemony their ethnic and social groups have enjoyed since we became a nation. They see education, science, diversity and secularism as ithreats to their way of life and they are getting ready to take matters into their own hands.
    Instead of preparing against potential threats to our democracy and way of life, some elements in Congress are determined to weaken the ability of our law enforcement and intelligence institutions to prevent the unthinkable by cutting their budgets and rendering impotent to what is likely to happen in the not too distant future.
    The massacre at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin is a harbinger of things to come.

    1. bandrulz March 8, 2013

      It’s interesting to note also that the last time these groups were on the rise was in the mid 90’s – when the last democrat was president. The extreme right seems to feel that if a member of the opposing party (Dem) is elected to the presidency, they are going to destroy the country and have to get up in arms – literally – to ‘protect freedom’. They are unwilling to let the vote decide the direction of the country. If it’s not their way, it’s not the American way.

  6. Michael Kollmorgen March 8, 2013

    Hate has always been part of this country. It always will be. This is the way our country operates. If we can’t find an enemy externally, we’ll surely find one internally.

    Hate keeps the gun dealers and their lobbyist in Congress well funded. Hate keeps everyone at everyone elses throats, dividing this nation so the powers to be can rule and operate with unfettered controls. Because the government has not cracked down on these groups, they are exploding in numbers. And, this is only because the rest of us elected a black man for President, nothing less.

    And, yes, the vast majority of these hate groups, anti-government groups consider themselves Christian. god and guns is their motto, not the democratic process. Jesus Christ would not approve of these people, their beliefs or their actions.

    The government should press Treason Charges on them all. Disband most of these groups, by force if necessary and throw the bulk of them in prison. Some of these groups have stockpiled weapons that only the military should possess.

    These groups and like-minded people IS a major threat to our Democracy. Close em down before it’s too late.

    1. nobsartist March 8, 2013

      The “government” proved it had no balls when it refused to make the 9/11 investigation public, failed to reign in the energy companies and failed to investigate the people that caused the collapse of our economy.

      In addition, the “government” sold all of our jobs to China.

      What makes you think that people like that have any interest in those groups? After all, a lot of them are tax exempt from “laws” that allow them to not pay taxes just like big corporations.

      People need to wake up to the fact that the “government” has no interest in “helping” Americans and are no doubt hoping that something happens so they can use that as an excuse to eliminate the Constitution.

      Right now the “government” is simply two corrupt groups dividing up the treasury of the United States.

      So dont worry, the “terrorists” already are “in control”.

      1. Michael Kollmorgen March 8, 2013

        Largely you are correct.

  7. ORAXX March 8, 2013

    The right wing media that fuels the paranoid delusions of the so called “patriot groups” will, of course, deny all responsibility when the next Timothy McVeigh tries to make a contribution to western civilization.

  8. sunshine March 8, 2013

    Michael Kollmorgen, you need to wake UP and smell the corruption in the whitehouse. They are destroying our constitutional rights.

    1. Michael Kollmorgen March 8, 2013

      If you really believe what you just said, you probably also believe can sell you the New York Brooklyn Bridge and I’ll throw in the Golden Gate Bridge as a bonus.

      If you really want to discuss corruption, look at Wall Street and the current crop of Republicans on a MASSIVE SCALE. Most of them should be tried for Treason!

      In as far as the Whitehouse, you’r opinion points to the usual far right claim that Obama is a failed President. This is mostly race based, nothing less. No other sitting President has EVER had this much hatred directed at his office. None of them!

      Be fully aware, the white race, which is the source of the vast majority of this hate, is becoming the Minority Race in this country. Keep this demonization of our President and of people of color in general up. In the future, People of Color are going to get sick and tired of our white asses, band together as a solid voting block and vote us all into oblivion.

      And, for the most part, we’ll deserve it.

  9. daniel bostdorf March 8, 2013

    Interesting semantics you imply, however, the past history of Scalia’s behavior on and off the bench for over 35 years suggests that he is a “conservative right wing extremist” who is also a bigot.

    Scalia was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. n his quarter-century on the Court, Scalia has staked out a conservative ideology in his opinions, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation. He is a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas. He opposes affirmative action and other policies that treat minorities as groups. He files separate opinions in large numbers of cases, and, in his minority opinions, often castigates the Court’s majority in scathing language. In March 2009, openly gay Congressman Barney Frank described Scalia as a “homophobe”. Maureen Dowd described Scalia in a 2003 column as “Archie Bunker in a high-backed chair”. Seventh Circuit judge Richard Posner, disagreed with Scalia’s opinion of the 2nd Amendment, stating that the Second Amendment “creates no right to the private possession of guns”. Posner called Scalia’s opinion “faux originalism” and a “historicizing glaze on personal values and policy preferences”.

    These are not admirable qualities for a Supreme Court Justice.

    He is a rigid right wing conservative.

    if it talks like a right wing racist/fascist, walks like a right wing racist/facist…….then…it is a frightenly right wing racist/fascist.

  10. daniel bostdorf March 8, 2013

    Far from being a rant my friend….all my posts at this topic are well thought out opinion based in a historical content. They are not a “bumper sticker” approach to an opinion.

    One example of historical data:

    Have you read the 13 volume set of Will and Ariel Durant’s The History of Civilization?”

    If you do get around to it, you will find that my opinion has a significant basis in over 200 years of historic fact.

    I am not a troll like many here.

    1. Michael Kollmorgen March 8, 2013

      From what I can see, your opinion is based on facts, not fiction.


      Some people just hate history.

    2. Michael Kollmorgen March 8, 2013

      I just looked up that set of Books on Amazon. Sheeesh, $500 new, $144 used.

      Would love to get them.

  11. daniel bostdorf March 8, 2013

    National Memo “reply” error. Apology. Rebooting computer…

  12. daniel bostdorf March 8, 2013

    Lana is a troll

  13. daniel bostdorf March 8, 2013

    Stsme woftware problem. Apology.

  14. elw March 8, 2013

    I personally think these groups are the biggest treat to the Nation. I am sure they are watched very closely by Homeland Security.

  15. browninghipower March 8, 2013

    The scary part of all this for me are the comments I read on the LA Times after they ran an editorial similar to the Memo’s. Frightening white people reactions…far right hatred, threats and utter ignorance. Wow….there are a lot of irrational hate-filled armed folks out there.

  16. Kurt Richter March 8, 2013

    …. a Radical, Anti-Government, Militia Group ?? You Mean Like the Weather Underground, That Group of “Patriots” like Bill Ayars ?? Yeah, Lets Blow Up Fed Buildings, than Have a Fund Rasier to Launch the Political Career of Our Current President !! You Guys Are Killing Me !! LOL

  17. Budjob March 9, 2013

    Teapartiers love these whackos or,whackos love teapartiers!Well,same thing!!

  18. Eleanore Whitaker March 9, 2013

    All it took to “out” the closet racists was one bi-racial man to win not one but two elections. This proves what most of us always suspected: Racism is so inbred in some “ignernts” that they simply cannot let go it.

    When you consider how for more than 100 years these racists blamed the freed black slaves for the sudden enforcement of actually having to pay a person for the labor they provide, you see where the real racist ignorance comes from.

    First, the plantations owners looked the other way at the ownership of human beings they used to raise huge profits off totally free labor. Then, when these plantations proved they couldn’t be profitable without free labor, all the noses went out of joint. It was then left to whites to do the dirty work for low salaries paid by plantation owners who complained about the high “cost of labor.” Sound familiar? Look around you. You have CEOs who stuff their bank accounts and do the same thing.

    But, the real problems come from the poor whites who were enraged that once the slaves were freed, these whites now had to do all the work the slaves once did. White Supremacy mandates that only free slave labor should do the dirty work…never a white man. Still sound familiar? How many CEOs point and delegate all day long, dump the crap work on employees and then sit back and watch the profits flow like rivers into their bank accounts?

  19. Eleanore Whitaker March 9, 2013

    Anti-government “patriots?” Don’t you mean anti-government anarchists? There is nothing more desirable to these lunatics who are dangerously armed and willing to shoot first and ask questions later, than to take down the government under this particular president.

    It was fine and dandy when George W. Bush was president. He was a swaggering, booming, drawling, gun loving icon of the Wild West…a anarchists dream man. He represented all that these hateful cretons of our society idolize.

    Not a peep out of them when Bush was president. He was white, a cowboy and was all for arming these lunatics with war weapons in public places everywhere in the country.

    It’s why they now are building their stupid little militias in Montana, Wyoming, Tennessee, Arkansas and other Stars and Bars states. This way they can lay claim to their 2nd Amendment rights as a “militia.” One thing these dopes don’t know…there are other Constitutional Amendments that specifically state a militia MUST be paid for by the government. These lunatics aren’t. They won’t dare fight in a real war. So they create one on American streets.

  20. Hillbilly March 10, 2013

    There are many good comments on this subject, Some of the commenters thru not meaning to are helping the racists when you call President Obama black. While his out side skin pigment is black he is also white so instead of calling attention to his outside skin pigment why not call him multi racial which he is. We will only stop hate when we stop labeling people according to the color of their skin pigment and are just calling all Americans instead of African American, Chinese American, Koran American, Hispanics and all other racial and ethical people that are American Citizens.We are all Americans.
    It will also be a way to combat these hate groups. I grew up in the South before the Civil Rights Movement, During it, and after the Civil rights laws were signed into law, still do live in the South, and to me there seems to be more hate and racism not only in the South but all over this Country than there was then, racism and hate was real bad when I was growing up.


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