So did any of you know about The Southern Poverty :Law Center? It's a non-profit civil rights organization, which was founded in 1971 "to ensure that the promises of the civil rights movement become a reality for all." (It's kind of sad that it sill needs to be around 40 years later, no?)
One of the pages on their site has this thing called "The Hate Map" showing, state by state,how many active Hate groups there are in each.
Some of the states statistics were unsurprising to me - either because of what I had seen/read/heard ( like that fact that Florida has 55 active hate groups, Georgia 65, Alabama has 35) or from personal experience - (Michigan 26, Mississippi 41, Texas 45).
But what WAS shocking, is that free-wheeling California has EIGHTY-FIVE (Proposition 8 may not only have failed because of its counter-intuitive wording "vote no for yes" which I always thought was the case), that New Jersey has 47 active hate groups (why so much hate for others, New Jersey?) and that Oklahoma "only" has 13.
Little Rhode Island and huge Alaska have 1 each, and some big states like Maine (6) Iowa (4) and Wyoming (2) have surprisingly low activity. (Maybe all that space means that people can live and let live.)
And did you know about this? One example of how hate works...
Finished piece on Friday and then something "light\' next week. *phew*