Susan Perry Hate may be a national problem, but the factors that fuel it have regional roots, according to a recent study by a team of geographers at the University of Utah.Using data provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the geographers mapped the counties where hate groups were active in 2014. The center defines hate groups as organizations that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Activity by those groups includes “marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting, publishing literature or criminal acts.”According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s data, 784 hate groups were active in the United States in 2014. The University of...
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Geography influences the types of fears that fuel U.S. hate crimes, study suggests