The amount of hate groups in the U.S. have increased every year for the past 11 years.
According to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 2011 there were 1,018 hate groups, which went up from 602 in 2000.
Mark Potok, the author of the report, has said that every year around there has been a 3-5 percent growth. He also said that the increase from 2000 to 2008 was mostly due to the immigration battle.
The report has shown that anti-Muslim and anti-gay groups are the two types of hate groups that have shown the most growth between 2010-2011. Anti-Muslim groups went from 10 to 30, while anti-hate groups grew from 17 to 27.
Potok believes the rise in anti-Muslim groups is a response to the debate over the ground zero mosque in 2010 and that anti-gay groups have increased because of the fact that public opinion is no longer on their side. And he only expects the hatred to only grow if President Obama is re-elected.
“As it becomes more likely that Obama will ultimately win, these groups are getting angrier and angrier. They’re looking at four years under a black guy who they hate,” said Potok.