within and without, i’m surrounded by hate…


Within my state…There are 5 recognized hate groups: Crew 38 (racist skinhead), Westboro Baptist Church (anti-lgbt), Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (racist), Midland Hammerskins (racist skinhead) and National Socialist Movement (neo-Nazi).

Outside of my state…There are a total of 66 recognized hate groups within the 4 states that surround me.    

I don’t know the membership numbers of each group. 

Also, not included are the hateful people I see on a daily basis on the internet; Facebook and other sites where weak, ignorant, cowards with a computer and below basic typing skills can anonymously post their evil, violent opinions.  I feel the number is quite large, though.   

And, I haven’t included the people that I, personally, come into contact with every day.  Even though I don’t know, I have to guess that a certain percentage of them are non-tolerant, non-compassionate, hateful people.  

Plus, something that really upsets me is that some of my 72 Facebook friends are individuals that harbor hateful opinions.  How do I know?  Well, I’m pretty intelligent and when I see some of the things they post, the obvious lack of tolerance and compassion is quite apparent.    

What’s the answer?  I don’t really know.  I checked with the Southern Poverty Law Center website and looked at their Hate Map.  They have recognized Hate Groups in every state EXCEPT Hawaii.  

For now, I can’t just pick up and move to Hawaii.  So, I guess the best things I can do are to pay attention, be aware and call the haters out when I can; even if they’re my so-called friends.  

This Post Applies To All Of You, Too.  Do What You Can.  Be Aware.  Pay Attention.



2 thoughts on “within and without, i’m surrounded by hate…

    • Liz

      Oh, trust me. I do. At times, though, I just feel the need to point out these ignorant fools. Sometimes I’ve just gotta call ’em out. 🙂

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