BY BTL STAFF
The Southern Poverty Law Center has compiled a list of organized hate groups that SPLC said all have one thing in common – “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.
American Nazi Party, Westland (headquarters)
Gallows Tree Wotansvolk Alliance, Grand Rapids (headquarters)
NS Publications, Wyandotte
Neo-Nazinational Socialist Movement
National Socialist Movement, Detroit
Ku Klux Klan
Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Trenton (headquarters)
Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Battle Creek
Great Lakes Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Alpena
Militant Knights of Ku Klux Klan, Alpena (headquarters)
White Boy Society (statewide)
Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Clinton Township (headquarters)
White Rabbit Radio, Dearborn Heights (headquarters)
Social Contract Press, Petoskey
Act for America, Grand Rapids
American Freedom Law Center, Ann Arbor (headquarters)
Secure Michigan, New Baltimore
ACT for America, Detroit (headquarters)
Yahweh’s Truth, Linwood(headquarters)
Deir Yassin Remembered, Ann Arbor
All Eyes on Egipt Bookstore, Detroit (headquarters)
Black Riders Liberation Party, Detroit
Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, Detroit
Israel United In Christ, Detroit
Nation of Islam, Grand Rapids
Nation of Islam
Nation of Islam, Grand Rapids
Nation of Islam, Detroit
Nation of Islam, Benton Harbor (headquarters)
Northern Hammerskins, Detroit
NSM88 Records, Detroit
TC Family (Traverse City Family), Traverse City
10 Ways To Fight Hate
The SPLC distributed a community response guide as hate in America has become commonplace. The organization suggests 10 ways the community can stop hate.
1. Take action: Apathy may be interpreted as acceptance by the perpetrators, the public and victims.
2. Join forces: Reach out to allies from churches, schools, clubs, and other civic groups and create a diverse coalition that includes children, police and the media.
3. Support victims of hate, who are especially vulnerable. Victims should report every incident — in detail — and ask for help. If you know about hate victims in your community, show support for them and let them know you care, surrounding them in a bubble of comfort and protection.
4. Speak up, expose and denounce hate. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth in their coverage and don’t debate with hate groups in conflict-driven forums. Instead, speak up in ways that draw attention away from hate and toward unity.
5. Educate yourself. An informed campaign improves its effectiveness. Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Understand the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident.
6. Don’t attend hate rallies. Instead, find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw attention away from hate.
7. Pressure elected officials and other community leaders to take a stand. Help them overcome their reluctance and perhaps even their own bias.
8. Remain engaged after an initial incident and promote acceptance before another hate crime occurs. Step out of your comfort zone and reach to people outside your own groups.
9. Teach acceptance. Bias is learned early, often at home. Schools can offer lessons of tolerance and acceptance; encourage them to host a diversity and inclusion day on campus. Reach out to young people who may be susceptible to hate group propaganda and prejudice.
10. Look inside yourself for biases and stereotypes. Commit to disrupting hate and intolerance at home, at school, in the workplace and in faith communities.