Eight years ago, when I first moved to Richmond, I was astonished that the local cable access channel allowed neo-Nazis to publicize their Jew hatred and racism. Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center has released a “Hate Map,” and Jay Tea of Wizbang is calling bullshit on the number of hate groups that SPLC has identified. It’s easy to see why. When you check the list for Virginia, you have 22 hate groups identified. The problem is, instead of just identifying the KKK, the SPLC has identified five separate chapters as five separate hate groups. Um… you know, I really think that the KKK gets to stand for only one hate group, no matter how many chapters it has. Ditto for the National Socialist Movement: It’s got three chapters identified, one that apparently doesn’t even have a city attached. The American Renaissance is identified twice. So let’s subtract the duplicates, and Richmond now has a total of seven fewer hate groups, making it 15 hate groups in a population of more than six million citizens. It’s still 15 hate groups too many, but I’ve just helped reduce the hate in Virginia by a third. And all without leaving my computer.
There you go, Jay. Another state down.