The Souther Poverty Law Center says hate groups are proliferating in rural areas.

Again, from the Rural blog:

The center’s latest report says the 149 anti-government groups in 2008 more than tripled in 2009 to 512 groups, 127 of which were classified as paramilitary. Brian Levin, a criminologist who heads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, told Pilkington the phenomenon is evident in rural areas around the Appalachian Mountains and Great Lakes and into the West and Pacific Northwest. “We’ve always had people who hate the president, we’ve always had conspiracies,” Levin told Pilkington, “but the fact that we have a black president at a time of economic tumult makes these conspiracies much more volatile among a far wider group of people.”

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