March 5th, 2013
09:07 PM ET

Hate groups on the rise in America: SPLC says extremists continue to rise in 2012

Oberlin College in Ohio suspended classes this week after a student reported seeing someone dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes. It follows a string of recent hate incidents on campus. 

Last August, a 40-year-old ex-soldier-turned white supremacist rocker shot up a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people.

And a few weeks later, a group of Georgia men was linked to an anti-government plot to assassinate President Obama.

It's all part of what the Southern Poverty Law Center says is a disturbing trend. The group's new study says the number of anti-government groups is at an all-time high - many driven by their fear that the government will strip them of their rights.

But does the study's findings add up?

Outfront tonight: Mark Potok is the author of the report and a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Michael Medved is a conservative commentator for Salem Radio and John Avlon is a CNN contributor and author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America."

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  1. Bert

    Protecting these groups is why Rand Paul engaged in his filibuster.

    March 7, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hate groups on the rise??? Gee, well so are anti-hate groups. I just sign up with one. Our mission: Peace & Love!

    March 7, 2013 at 6:53 am | Reply
  3. savi

    These ARE NOT Patriot group. Don't dignify them with that honorable name.

    March 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  4. Robert

    Will someone remind the KKK and their associates, that Confederacy lost the civil war and slavery is not coming back. Even Mississippi ratified the 13th amendment. So they were 150 years plus late. Also, the south just case most of their votes for the party of Abraham Lincoln. Just keep in mind "love it or leave it." We can do fine without you. And if you decide to stay please tell your state officials to stop accepting U.S. financial aid just to balance your budgets. Sorry the truth hurts!!!

    March 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • jimeye484

      I am certainly not in support of these groups, but Robert let me point out the problem with your “love it or leave it” idea. That is exactly what the south tried to do 150 years ago, and it caused a really big war and lot’s of people got killed.

      March 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply

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