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Mark Potok

“In the last six to seven months, we’ve seen a remarkable level of domestic terrorism in this country…. Almost all of it has been associated with the election of Barack Obama.”
 Herald-Times (Bloomington, IN), July 3, 2009


“[E]very year the FBI reports hate crimes, hate crime numbers and their reports generally account for about 6,000 to 10,000 hate crimes a year but the reality is as shown in the recent, very carefully done Justice Department study is that the real level of hate crime in America is something like 200,000 incidents a year—in other words 20 to 30 times higher than the FBI has been reporting.”
—“The World Today,” ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.), June 16, 2009


“Well, by our count there are now about 926 hate groups operating out there. We’ve created this map to give people an idea where they are. Really, if you look at the map carefully, you see it pretty much tracks population.

It’s false, for instance, to assume that they’re mostly located in the Deep South. They’re spread across the Midwest, up and down both coasts; they’re very heavy both in Florida and California.

As to the number of people really in these groups, it’s a very hard thing to really estimate well, but I think somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people in one way or another are involved with these groups is probably pretty close to the truth.”
—Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, CNN, June 10, 2009


“There has been a significant and steady growth in hate groups in America in the last six years. These groups are really quite tiny, and the total number of people involved in them is very small.” —Voices on Antisemitism, Podcast series, June 21, 2007