Florida Ranks Second Nationally Among States With Highest Number of Hate Groups

The number of active hate groups in Florida ranks second among other states in the nation, according to a new report.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are more than 60 active hate groups in Florida. The SPLC's report features a map detailing more than 900 hate groups actively operating across the country. California ranks number one with 79.

Seven of the 63 groups in Florida are in Miami-Dade County and two are in Fort Lauderdale. The Nation of Islam is among the groups in both areas while the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group, has a chapter in Miami and the D. James Kennedy Ministries, known for their anti-LGBTQ stance, is based in Fort Lauderdale.

The report says in 2016 there were 130 Ku Klux Klan groups and 193 Black Separatist groups active nationwide.

In 2011 the groups peaked at more than 1,000 before decreasing to 784 in 2014. Last year's 964 was part of an increase since.

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