The number of hate groups operating in the United States continued to rise in 2008 and has grown by 54 percent since 2000 according to the "Year in Hate" issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center 's Intelligence Report released today.
The SPLC indentifed 926 hate groups active in 2008, up more than 4 percent from the 888 groups in 2007 and far above the 602 documented in 2000.
A list and interactive state-by-state map of these groups can be viewed at www.splcenter.org.
Mark Potok, editor of the center's Intelligence Report, said, "Barack Obama's election has inflamed racist extremes who see it as another sign that their country is under siege by non-whites."
Several white supremacists have been arrested while allegedly plotting to kill Obama.