Wash. Post Cries: White ‘Hate’ Groups Increasing! Says Who?

June 29, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Hate Crimes, Journalism, Judges, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Race, Rights, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s time once again for some more left-wing hand wringing over the supposed rise of “white militias” in the era of Obama. This time it is the blather of Metro Columnist Courtland Milloy claiming that white-based hate groups have increased substantially because we have a black president. Milloy also rails about the “racial double standard” in evidence because no one is all that upset about this business. If it were black racists increasing their militia activities because of a white president, Milloy gravely writes, why the whole country would be alarmed.

Milloy isn’t the only denizen of the Old Media to make the claim that white hate groups are increasing, though. It has been an occasional claim by a dozen or so journalists since Obama’s inauguration. But is it true? Are white hate groups increasing? And is it because Obama became president? Who says so, anyway?

There is one source that each of these stories relies upon to prove that white militias and hate groups have increased under Obama. That source is the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC claims that hate groups have increased to over 900 under Obama.

The SPLC has on its website an “Active U.S. Hate Groups” map. There, broken down by state, it claims to show 932 hate groups that are active in the U.S.

But there is a major problem with the map. Clicking on any particular state will show that chapters or segments of the same group are all counted as separate groups. Take Illinois, for instance. The Illinois National Socialist Front is listed three times in different cities. The Nation of Islam is listed five times and the United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is also listed three times. In Ohio the United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is listed twice while the Nation of Islam is listed four times. In Louisiana the Klan is listed five times and the Nation of Islam four. The situation is the same in nearly every state. Branches of the same groups are all listed separately as if they are completely new and different groups.

It is a rather strange way to count, wouldn’t you say? Naming the same group dozens of times would tend to grow the final amount exponentially, to be sure.

But, let’s say that the SPLC map and its way of counting is at least acceptable according to its methods. Is there any other organization out there to substantiate the SPLC’s claim that there are 932 different hate groups in America today? The FBI doesn’t seem to publish findings on hate groups. So where can we get confirmation that these groups that the SPLC claims exists actually do exist? Unfortunately we can’t. Yet these journalists swallow the SPLC claims whole. Without ever asking if the number can be trusted journalists repeatedly rely on this single source to detail number of U.S. hate groups.

Using a single source for anything violates an important journalistic practice of multiple sources, doesn’t it?

Anyway, back to Courtland’s article. He claims that the SPLC indicates that “white militias” have shot up from 170 in 2008 to 500 in 2010. Further he conflates “militia” directly with racism without proving his case.

“They cling to the delusion that the nation’s first black president is somehow a subversive working for Muslim extremists, and they aim to bring him down,” Milloy shockingly writes.

Do they? How do we as readers know that each and every so-called white militia was formed in direct opposition to a black man being president? How does Milloy prove this claim?

He doesn’t. He just states it as fact and moves on as if it’s all settled.

Milloy leaves the reader imagining that these “hate groups” have exploded since Obama took office. Milloy, however, is willfully misleading his readers. Hate groups have not grown nearly as wildly as Milloy is trying to lead readers into thinking.

A 2009 CNN story, for instance, reports that even by its own numbers the SPLC said that hate groups numbered 888 in 2007 while in 2008 they numbered 926. With the number supposedly standing at 932 in 2010 we see that the list of hate groups increased by 44 since 2007. That is hardly as scary a number as the “500” that Milloy bandied about. And remember, the 932 number encompasses all hate groups — whether anti-Jew, black power, and others — not just white power groups upset about a black president.

Lastly, Milloy’s entire concept is flawed. He headlined his piece, “Tolerance of white militias exemplifies racial double standard.” Nice straw man set up, isn’t it? Where is the “tolerance” of which he speaks? Who is writing in favor of “white militias”? Who has said we need to tolerate them? Exactly where is all this “tolerance” Milloy is talking about? Just who the heck is running around saying we need more “white militias”?

I sure haven’t been able to find all this “tolerance” Milloy is all exercised over.

Once again, what we see here is alarmism, we see a black columnist throwing the race card at those “white people” he hates so much, we see the wild claims of the Southern Poverty Law Center again taken as gospel without any substantiating evidence, and we see all sorts of things conflated together to prove a central point that otherwise has scant support.

In other words, what we see is typical hack, left-wing, agenda journalism at work.
“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

Huston has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Huston’s work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Neil Bortz, and Michael Savage. He has appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy show, dozens of local shows from coast to coast, and many blogtalk radio shows.

Mr. Huston has appeared on local TV news to discuss his writing, has been a guest of CNN’s blogger lunch, and has appeared on Breitbart TV’s B-Team show.

Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for and has a blog on the Tribune-Owned website. He is a well known writer on Illinois politics.

He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

If you are looking for abercrombie shorts and bolero jacket then join us today, to explore our best range of italian leather handbags. Our fashion handbags along with trendy waterproof jackets have wide assortment of different designs that make you stylish and cool.



Fair Use: This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. I am making such material available in my efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. I believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research, educational, or satirical purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site/blog for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

We use Facebook comments, but they can sometimes take quite a while to load. So, be patient. Thanks.

Social Networking

Help the Soldiers!

American Genius

Our Founding Ideas

"Governments are instituted among men,deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

Enter your Email

Powered by FeedBlitz

Subscribe in a reader

Recently Written

  • Congrats to ‘Doug Moore’: Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee Doesn’t Even Know Who Won in Alabama
  • Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941, A Day That Will ‘Will Live in Infamy’
  • Tax Victory: Chicago/Cook County Soda Tax Canceled Starting Today
  • Charles Barkley Calls Steve Bannon a ‘White Separatist’
  • I’m floating on air (lyrics by Freddie Cosmo)
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2017
  • George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • President John Adams Thanksgiving: A Proclamation Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer
  • Our New, Post Weinstein World Order

  • What THEY Say:
    Foreign News In English

    Click HERE for information
    on my fedora collection.
    Antique Stetsons, hat history...

    Contact Us

    Email Publius' Forum


  • December 2017
  • November 2017
  • October 2017
  • September 2017
  • August 2017
  • July 2017
  • June 2017
  • May 2017
  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • February 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • September 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • June 2016
  • May 2016
  • April 2016
  • March 2016
  • February 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015
  • November 2015
  • October 2015
  • September 2015
  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • May 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005

  • Add to Technorati Favorites

    Clicky Web Analytics