16 Feb Study: Indiana Has 13th Highest Number Of Hate Groups In U.S.
As NPR reported, hundreds of hate incidents were reported around the country following the presidential election in November. More than 300 were reported in six days. The SPLC says more than a thousand bias incidents were reported in the first 34 days after the presidential election.
In Indiana, a church in Bean Blossom was vandalized with a swastika, the words “Heil Trump,” and an anti-gay slur. Swastikas also were spray painted on Bloomington’s B-Line walking trail around that same time. And, at the end of November, an Indianapolis school affiliated with an Indianapolis mosque received a hate-filled letter warning Muslims to leave the country or face extermination.
According to the study, the number of hate groups in the United States increased from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016. The SPLC reports the most dramatic change nationwide over the past year is a 197 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate groups. Indiana has one anti-Muslim hate group listed.
Of the 26 hate groups in Indiana, the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists are most prominent, both with seven located across the state.