Alleged Sikh temple shooter former member of Skinhead band.
The man who allegedly murdered six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee yesterday, identified in media reports as Wade Michael Page, was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. We publish our investigative findings online, on our Hatewatch blog, and in the Intelligence Report, our award-winning quarterly journal. Weâ€™ve crippled some of the countryâ€™s most notorious hate groups by suing them for murders and other violent acts committed by their members.
Currently, there are 1,018 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others.
And their numbers are growing. Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 69 percent. This surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nationâ€™s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nationâ€™s first African-American president.
These factors also are feeding a powerful resurgence of the antigovernment â€śPatriotâ€ť movement, which in the 1990s led to a string of domestic terrorist plots, including the Oklahoma City bombing. The number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, grew by 755 percent in the first three years of the Obama administration â€“ from 149 at the end of 2008 to 1,274 in 2011.
This growth in extremism has been aided by mainstream media figures and politicians who have used their platforms to legitimize false propaganda about immigrants and other minorities and spread the kind of paranoid conspiracy theories on which militia groups thrive.visit source...