It's that (scary) time of year again, when I receive the Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. And again, it's a lesson in how (blessedly) sheltered I've been in my life. The title of this issue is "Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism." In scanning these pages, I learn things I never knew before and was more comfortable not knowing. Faces, names, organizations (e.g., the European Kindred). Shudder. I don't know if it's my imagination, but in every issue of this magazine, the brave editor Mark Potok looks increasingly worried in the photo on the first page.
I don't have time for a long post today (I'm off to a series of book events), so I'll just mention the map of active hate groups in the US (a two-page spread). The map key has eight icons: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity, New-Confederate, Black Separatist, and (most amazing perhaps) General Hate (there's one of those not far from where I live). The state with the fewest icons is North Dakota (only one: White Nationalist). There are so many icons clustered and layered in New Jersey that the map designer barely had room for them all.Wow.