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Here Are The 10 States With The Most Hate Groups

PULASKI, TN - JULY 11:  A member of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participates in the 11th Annual Nathan Be
PULASKI, TN - JULY 11: A member of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participates in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday march July 11, 2009 in Pulaski, Tennessee. With a poor economy and the first African-American president in office, there has been a rise in extremist activity in many parts of America. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2008 the number of hate groups rose to 926, up 4 percent from 2007, and 54 percent since 2000. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and played a role in the postwar establishment of the first Ku Klux Klan organization opposing the reconstruction era in the South. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sexual orientation, race, religious affiliation, and other, often immutable, characteristics are still the basis for discrimination and violence in the United States.

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