'Alt right' leader Richard Spencer says his rallies aren't 'fun' anymore
Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY
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White nationalist Richard Spencer said he’s considering suspending his controversial "alt-right" speaking tour amid escalating violence at his appearances.
Spencer said the left-wing coalition known as Antifa has made attending his speeches too dangerous and not “fun” by intimidating his supporters and shouting down his lectures. White nationalist Richard Spencer, center, and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the "United the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clashed with anti-facist protesters and police as they attempted to hold a rally in Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.
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white nationalism becomes 'hip' in 2017: Report
The number of hate groups in the U.S. increased by 4 percent last year.
The number of hate groups in America rose slightly in 2017 with some of the biggest shifts coming in areas relating to white supremacy and racism.
There are 954 hate groups in the U.S., an increase of 4 percent from the year before, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit watchdog organization that tracks such groups.
While the number of Ku Klux Klan groups dropped from 130 in 2016 to 72 in 2017, the number of white supremacist groupsincreased from 99 in 2016 to 121 in 2017. "In 2017, being a white nationalist suddenly seemed hip. No longer was it just a movement made up of old men wearing Klan robes or swastika armbands. Now it was young men wearing 'fashy' haircuts, khakis and polo shirts," the SPLC report said. ￼
#Whitenationalists#RichardSpencer and Nathan Damigo of Identity Evropa speak to the media in #Alexandria, Va., Aug. 14, 2017.
The largest expansion was among black nationalist groups, up from 193 chapters in 2016 to 233 chapters in 2017.
The SPLC attributes increases in black nationalist hate groups to a "reaction to white racism" and noted that while the black nationalist chapter increase was numerically more than white supremacist groups, their total is still dwarfed by the more than 600 hate groups that practice some form of white supremacist ideology. "#Trump not only energized white supremacists, he provoked a backlash among the #NationofIslam and small, fringe black nationalist groups that see in him a powerful reassertion of the same centuries-old racism that has always fueled their desire to break away from white America," the report states.
KKK members gathered at a park in #Charlottesville, Va., July 8, 2017, to protest a city action that would affect Civil War memorials in city parks.