Trying to track hate, in Minnesota and around the country

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 13, 2012 - 6:42 AM

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists 12 hate groups in Minnesota, though the criteria for inclusion aren't always clear.

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lordhawhaw1Aug. 12, 1212:32 AM

A very disturbing trend in this country has developed in the last decade or so. That trend is many on the Left labeling any speech that runs counter to their ideology as "Hate Speech". Also as disturbing is your taxpayer supported Southern Poverty Law Center for example said people like me (military veteran, white and conservative) need to be watched. I guess thats the thanks I've earned for service to the nation. It was very heartening though to see how the Chik Fil A fiasco blew up in the Left's face last week. They are bullies and we need to stand up for our First Amendment rights or we will lose them. It is not hate speech to disagree with anothers opinion.

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minn12Aug. 12, 12 1:07 AM

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group itself. It hates all things conservative, traditional, and any group that dares to disagree with their radical liberal agenda. To try to label a parents group in Anoka a 'hate group' because they opposed special polices for gays over the rights of others shows just how truly radical and hateful they are.

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dsetnicker46Aug. 12, 12 6:39 AM

The lack of critical thinking about important issues in the U.S. leaves a residue of left vs. right fed by a 24/7 news cycle reinforcing the ideology of choice......without compromise and civility. 30 second sound bites, twitter and Facebook on both sides has replaced pensive time of "reading" and considering both sides of the issue. There's probably a direct correlation between the decline of newspaper readership and the increase of uncivil discourse and us vs. them. And we get frustrated because government does nothing. Everyone needs to look in the mirror.

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EleanoreAug. 12, 12 7:30 AM

I have a problem with the SPLC based on experienec. When I contacted them about a hate based organization In St. Cloud, they did nothing. I provided them with their website, mailing address, the names of the organizations officers and public statements displayed on public online locations from members or supporters of that organization clearly demonstrating racist hate speech. Nothing, no response, no listing in their list. Silence.

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fursideAug. 12, 1210:18 AM

First of all SPLC does not receive tax dollars. It is a registered nonprofit and it uses fundraising activities to augment the operating expenses from a 4 decades old endowment. Secondly the SPLC tracks only groups who propose violence (either implicitly or explicitly) based on hate for a group because of that groups ethnicity, religion and/or country of origin. If you are paranoid, carp about how bad everyone else is except you, share you shallow insights with fellow paranoids and have a compensatory fascination and relationship with guns you are not being watched by the SPLC. You are just privately pathetic. If you decide that you want to organize and have rituals that victimize others who do not know about your little "sceardycat" club, then you make go on the radar. In short, get a hobby and let go of the fear, it will consume you and the cause of your fear like the fear its self is not real beyond your cranium.

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rickbmnAug. 12, 1210:59 AM

This is a tell-nothing article. How is it newsworthy? Seems like another attempt to stifle free speech. Remember folks, in America, we have the right to say and write offensive things. Who is going to define hate? The same people who define "fair" when talking about taxes. I would suggest that the people investing the hate groups hate the hate groups. So what? Libs hate Conservatives. Big deal. I wonder if Jeremiah Wright (Obama's pastor), the New Black Panther Party, Louis Farrakhan, and their groups are considered hate groups?

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mn_cameraAug. 12, 1211:11 AM

Come on, admit it, folks, you're just mad because someone's calling out overt racism and advocacy of violence on the right. Sunlight is indeed the best disinfectant, though there are a few infections that do warrant surgery.

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chickfilaAug. 12, 12 4:41 PM

"I wonder if Jeremiah Wright (Obama's pastor), the New Black Panther Party, Louis Farrakhan, and their groups are considered hate groups?" ...... Good point. Of course they aren't by the extremely liberal Southern Poverty Law Center.

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dsetnicker46Aug. 12, 12 8:16 PM

The lack of critical thinking about important issues in the U.S. leaves a residue of left vs. right fed by a 24/7 news cycle reinforcing the ideology of choice......without compromise and civility. 30 second sound bites, twitter and Facebook on both sides has replaced pensive time of "reading" and considering both sides of the issue. There's probably a direct correlation between the decline of newspaper readership and the increase of uncivil discourse and us vs. them. And we get frustrated because government does nothing. Everyone needs to look in the mirror.

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dsetnicker46Aug. 12, 1210:18 PM

The lack of critical thinking about important issues in the U.S. leaves a residue of left vs. right fed by a 24/7 news cycle reinforcing the ideology of choice......without compromise and civility. 30 second sound bites, twitter and Facebook on both sides has replaced pensive time of "reading" and considering both sides of the issue. There's probably a direct correlation between the decline of newspaper readership and the increase of uncivil discourse and us vs. them. And we get frustrated because government does nothing. Everyone needs to look in the mirror.

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