Domestic terrorism and violent extremism are becoming increasingly dangerous in the United States. In fiscal 2021, the FBI had 9,049 outstanding domestic terrorism cases, a 357% increase over the number of open domestic terrorist investigations in fiscal 2013. Many of today’s most severe domestic terrorism attacks in the United States are carried out by individuals radicalized by racist, homophobic, ethnocentric, or anti-government views – ideals frequently espoused by extreme hate groups.
In 2022, there will be 1,224 active hate and anti-government groups in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group. These organizations include the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Ku Klux Klan, and ACT for America, which have branches in cities around the country. While exact ideas differ among these and other organizations, they are always motivated by limiting government authority or hatred for people of various races, faiths, nationalities, or sexual orientations.
In 2022, the SPLC identified 72 active hate and anti-government groups in Texas. When population is taken into account, this equates to around 2.4 extremist organizations for per million people, the tenth lowest proportion among states.
Since 2021, the number of hate organizations operating in the state has increased by 38.5%. There are now 39 anti-government organisations and 10 general hate groups active in Texas.
All data in this story is from the SPLC report The Year in Hate & Extremism 2022.
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