Words have an impact. And, over the last two decades, the number of extremist groups with hateful ideologies is rising. Obviously not all these groups are violent, but then we see unhinged individuals spouting the same hate-filled rhetoric as they perpetrate violence against individuals, police officers, and communities.
Some believe that their race is superior and others that the end of days is approaching, but an anti-government message resonates loudly with many of these extremists as they stockpile weapons and denigrate others.
After surveying 382 law enforcement groups, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security concluded: “Law enforcement agencies in the United States consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face.”
For an absolutely fascinating and frightening look at hate groups near you, check out the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Map.