Thursday, August 09, 2018

Mapping American Anti-Semitism

The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish non-profit organization, has released an interactive map documenting over 3,000 incidents of extremism or anti-Semitism in the United States in 2017 and 2018. Their new H.E.A.T. Map shows the locations of incidents of extremism, anti-Semitism and terrorism across the whole country.

Incidents on the map are color-coded by the type of incident. If you hover over a marker on the map a pop-up window reveals the number and types of incident reported at that location. If you click on a marker the details of all the separate incidents are shown under the map.

The ADL says that the data on the map comes from a large number of different sources. These include "news and media reports, government documents (including police reports), victim reports, extremist-related sources, Center on Extremism investigations and more".

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center the overall rise of hate groups is a direct result of the 'incendiary rhetoric' used by Donald Trump. Last year, in its annual census of extremist groups the SPLC said that "Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man’s country".

The SPLC's interactive Hate Map tracks the growing number of hate groups operating in the United States. The map uses colored markers to indicate the category of each hate group shown on the map. If you select a marker on the map you can click-through to learn more about what this type of hate group believes and how they operate.

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