March 29, 2013
Al Gore-Jazeera’s Current TV broadcasts debunked SPLC claim about rise in white ‘hate groups’ (video)
This meme was debunked last week by no less than Foreign Policy magazine, but so what?
One of the clearest examples of how this counting methodology can be confusing concerns the American Third Position Party, or A3P, which is listed 17 times, with each of those instances counting as a separate hate group.
A3P is a national political party devoted to white nationalism. We don’t say there are 102 political parties in the United States because the Republicans and Democrats each have a national party as well as state chapters (not to mention local chapters), and there are states which have A3P listed more than once.
Similarly, the American Nazi Party is listed six times, and the Council of Conservative Citizens is listed 37 times. There are many more.
When you filter the list for organizations with identical names, the list of 1,007 becomes a list of 358.
One such “patriot” group finding itself on the Southern Poverty Law Center list is the Granny Warriors.
“I am deadly!” Granny founder Linda Hunnicutt joked, according to CNN. “I’m 74 years old. I have COPD. I have congestive heart failure. I’m sewing a quilt.”