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'Swimming upstream,' white supremacist groups still strong
Wade Michael Page, the accused Sikh temple gunman, is seen wearing a white power t-shirt on a Myspace page.
August 7th, 2012
08:42 AM ET

'Swimming upstream,' white supremacist groups still strong

(CNN) - Quick. Think of a white supremacist group.

What comes to mind? The Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s? Maybe the Nazis in World World II?

Think again.

Hundreds of white supremacist groups are active in the United States today and are experiencing a kind of resurgence.

They are in the spotlight this week in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. Authorities have said they are looking into whether the alleged gunman, who was killed, had ties to a white supremacist group.

Who are Sikhs?

"I know they're out there. I try not to alarm the public too much, but it's something that really needs to be taken a hold of now because more and more we see facts coming out that this is happening more often and more often, and it's not going to stop anytime soon," said David Gletty, who worked as an undercover informant on extremist groups for the FBI.

Currently, there are more than 1,000 hate groups in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups and says it was tracking the Wisconsin shooting suspect for years before the attack.

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  1. debbra

    Can someone tell me how it is that the Hate group called "the new black panthers" can say they will militarize the inner city and kill white babies and adults and no is talking about it on the news on TV? Isn't that a terroristic threat? That guy should be arrested. He is inciting violence and that too, is a crime.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge

    One type of hate group and one type only has been preponderantly responsible for most of the unprovoked attacks on lawful citizens for reasons exclusively related to race and ethnicity since the end of the Civil War, I'm sure most everybody in this country knows who THAT is...

    August 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pure as The Driven Snow

    Currently, there are more than 1,000 hate groups in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups and says it was tracking the Wisconsin shooting suspect for years before the attack

    I wanna know how many of those 1000 are non white hate groups. Is it a prerequisite that you have to be white in order to be a hate group? and another thing, how many of these "hate" gropus are merely pro white? Ive seen black pride tattoos, brown pride t-shirts, gay pride parades, but the minute youre proud to be white, youre a hate group??? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Youre helping destroy your own race

    August 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brussell

    I think that everyone forgot about the Black Panthers.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |