MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WANE) A new report by the non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) indicates the number of far right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013. Two of the groups listed in the report are located in northeast Indiana.
The SPLC lists 1,007 hate groups, an increase of 67 percent from 2000. It attributes the increase to the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority. One of the those listed is the White Aryan Resistance, a Neo-Nazi group in Warsaw, Indiana. Another area group is WTM Enterprises, a White Nationalist group located in Roanoke. While the SPLC believes there are more than 2,000 far right extremist groups, the number of groups it considers to be hate groups dropped to 939 in 2013. The peak was 1,1018 in 2011.
The organization, based in Alabama, saw a large decline in the number of what it classifies as antigovernment “Patriot” groups which are composed of armed militias, “sovereign citizens” and other conspiracy theory minded organizations.