28 Hate Groups Operating in Michigan

BY BTL STAFF

The Southern Poverty Law Center has compiled a list of organized hate groups that SPLC said all have one thing in common - "beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.

Neo-Nazi

American Nazi Party, Westland (headquarters)

Gallows Tree Wotansvolk Alliance, Grand Rapids (headquarters)

NS Publications, Wyandotte

Neo-Nazinational Socialist Movement

National Socialist Movement, Detroit

Ku Klux Klan

Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Trenton (headquarters)

Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Battle Creek

Great Lakes Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Alpena

Militant Knights of Ku Klux Klan, Alpena (headquarters)

White Nationalist

White Boy Society (statewide)

Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Clinton Township (headquarters)

White Rabbit Radio, Dearborn Heights (headquarters)

Social Contract Press, Petoskey

Anti-Muslim

Act for America, Grand Rapids

American Freedom Law Center, Ann Arbor (headquarters)

Secure Michigan, New Baltimore

ACT for America, Detroit (headquarters)

Christian Identity

Yahweh's Truth, Linwood(headquarters)

Holocaust Denial

Deir Yassin Remembered, Ann Arbor

Black Separatist

All Eyes on Egipt Bookstore, Detroit (headquarters)

Black Riders Liberation Party, Detroit

Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, Detroit

Israel United In Christ, Detroit

Nation of Islam, Grand Rapids

Nation of Islam

Nation of Islam, Grand Rapids

Nation of Islam, Detroit

Nation of Islam, Benton Harbor (headquarters)

Racist Skinhead

Northern Hammerskins, Detroit

Hate Music

NSM88 Records, Detroit

Anti-LGBT

TC Family (Traverse City Family), Traverse City

10 Ways To Fight Hate

The SPLC distributed a community response guide as hate in America has become commonplace. The organization suggests 10 ways the community can stop hate.

1. Take action: Apathy may be interpreted as acceptance by the perpetrators, the public and victims.

2. Join forces: Reach out to allies from churches, schools, clubs, and other civic groups and create a diverse coalition that includes children, police and the media.

3. Support victims of hate, who are especially vulnerable. Victims should report every incident -- in detail -- and ask for help. If you know about hate victims in your community, show support for them and let them know you care, surrounding them in a bubble of comfort and protection.

4. Speak up, expose and denounce hate. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth in their coverage and don't debate with hate groups in conflict-driven forums. Instead, speak up in ways that draw attention away from hate and toward unity.

5. Educate yourself. An informed campaign improves its effectiveness. Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Understand the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident.

6. Don't attend hate rallies. Instead, find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people's desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw attention away from hate.

7. Pressure elected officials and other community leaders to take a stand. Help them overcome their reluctance and perhaps even their own bias.

8. Remain engaged after an initial incident and promote acceptance before another hate crime occurs. Step out of your comfort zone and reach to people outside your own groups.

9. Teach acceptance. Bias is learned early, often at home. Schools can offer lessons of tolerance and acceptance; encourage them to host a diversity and inclusion day on campus. Reach out to young people who may be susceptible to hate group propaganda and prejudice.

10. Look inside yourself for biases and stereotypes. Commit to disrupting hate and intolerance at home, at school, in the workplace and in faith communities.

SPLC has documented 917 organizations meeting its criteria that are currently active nationwide. Read more online.
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