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Organization Combats Some 57 Hate Groups in Texas

Yesterday, three people were fatally shot at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City. The suspect is due in court today to face murder charges. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, says Frazier Glenn Cross was once the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Earlier this year, […]

Yesterday, three people were fatally shot at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City. The suspect is due in court today to face murder charges. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, says Frazier Glenn Cross was once the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Earlier this year, the SPLC released a report saying there were over 900 hate groups across the country in 2013. Of them, 57 were in Texas. That’s the third largest number behind California and Florida. The civil rights nonprofit organization listed several hate groups in the state, including the Ku Klux Klan, White Nationalists and Black Separatists.

To talk about the history of hate culture in Texas and efforts to combat it on the state and city level, we hear from Dena Marks. She’s the Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southwest Regional Office.

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