MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An organization that tracks far-right extremists says the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a “hipper” brand of hate.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report Wednesday that its count of Klan groups fell from 130 in 2016 to 72 last year.READ MORE: Driver Killed, 5 Injured In El Monte Shooting, Crash
SPLC Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich says the Klan seems to be “collapsing” because younger white supremacists are turned off by its “old-school” traditions.READ MORE: George Holliday, Man Who Videotaped Rodney King Beating, Dies Of COVID
The Alabama-based law center reported a surge in neo-Nazi groups — from 99 in 2016 to 121 last year. And it counted a total of 954 active “hate groups” in 2017, an increase of 4 percent over the previous year.MORE NEWS: Two Doses Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Offers 94% Protection Against COVID, Study Finds
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