In a utopian society, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s stirring “I have a dream” speech would have made short work of American racism. So succinctly did he put the history of oppression when he said: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood,” that no one could deny the righteousness of his rhetoric.
Unfortunately, as recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, among others, have shown, racism still crackles under the veneer of constitutionally guaranteed universal suffrage and Ivy Leagues full of racial minorities. Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman never went for a long lunch and walking tour of Savannah, in other words.
Rather than gauge racism through incidents, such as the murder of the seventeen-year-old in Sanford, we opted for a more empirical approach, tallying the number of active hate groups per state in 2014. Although there are many kinds, we picked the “Big Three”: KKK, Neo-Nazi, and White Nationalist. If you’re curious, keep reading, and find out the 12 most hatefully racist states in the Union.
3 New York
At two more than Texas (and SEVEN more than California), Tennessee clocks in at 19 active hate groups. Tennessee, for comparison, has 6.5 million inhabitants to Texas’s near 30 and California’s near 40. How can such a small state have so many opinions? Well for one, it’s the birthplace of the KKK. This might explain why the state has 12 total KKK groups within it. The four Neo-Nazi cells look like nothing next to that, and the three White Nationalists like even less. Just based on the numbers, we don’t recommend moving to Tennessee if you are black - or anything, really.
Sources: Washington Post, Southern Poverty Law Center, NYTimes
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