U.S. hate groups attacked

Year Published:  1989  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX3689

Abstract:  A southern U.S. anti-racism organization has been finding success in its battles against hate groups by hitting them in the pocketbook. Danny Welch, chief investigator for Klanwatch, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Centre of Alabama, told a conference of the Council of Foundations in Toronto that there are currently 22,000 hard-core members of about 100 organized hate groups in the United States, ranging from the Ku Klux Klan to the emerging neo-Nazi skinhead movement. Klanwatch was formed to keep track of hate groups and to take civil action against them. The decision to attack the Klan and other groups through civil litigation was in response to the realization that there was only scattered prosecution of Klan activities in various police jurisdictions. Among the group's victories is a $7-million settlement won recently on behalf of the mother of a Mobile, Alabama man who was murdered by the Klan.

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