Chanting “blood and soil,” “Jews will not replace us,” and “white lives matter” —organized hate groupsdescended on #Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, leadingto the deaths of three people and injuries to dozens more.
The #rally — and #President#Trump’s responses — rocked the nation. It also raised questions about how prevalent such groups are and whether they’re growing.
As Boston girds itself for a planned “#Boston Free Speech” rally this weekend, it’s worth taking a look at the hate groups in #Massachusetts that have been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
There are at least 12 such groups in Massachusetts, according to the nonprofit civil rights group.
Listed on the center’s 2016 annual “Hate Map,” they range from neo-Nazi and #racist skinhead groups to black separatist groups
The groups include the neo-Nazi Gallows Tree Wotansvolk Alliance; the racist skinhead Aryan Strikeforce; the anti-LGBT Mass Resistance and Abiding Truth Ministries; and the anti-Muslim ACT for America.
The Daily Stormer, the #whitesupremacist website that promoted the Charlottesville rally and called 32-year-old rally victim Heather Heyer ‘‘fat’’ and ‘‘childless,” is listed as having two chapters in Massachusetts — one in Lowell and one in Cambridge.