Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Geography of Hate

The Atlantic article "The Geography of Hate"
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/05/the-geography-of-hate/238708/

Answer these questions:

Since 2000, the number of organized hate groups -- from white nationalists, neo-Nazis and racist skinheads to border vigilantes and black separatist organizations -- has climbed by more than __________?

Their rise has been fueled by growing anxiety over _________, immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, the election of ________________ as America's first black president, and the lingering ___________ crisis.

As of 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center documents ____________ such hate groups across the United States.

Two states have by far the largest concentration of hate groups -- _____________with 13.8 groups per million people, and _________________ with 13.7 per million.  Arkansas (10.3), Wyoming (9.7), and ____________ (8.9) come in a distant third, fourth, and fifth.

Hate groups are much less concentrated in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and the West Coast.  ____________ has the smallest concentration of hate groups, with 1.3 groups per million people, nearly ten times less than the leading state, followed by ________________ (1.4), New Mexico (1.5), Massachusetts (1.6), and New York (1.6). Connecticut (1.7), California (1.9), Rhode Island (1.9) all have less than _________ hate groups per million people.

The geography of hate also sorts across ______________ lines. Hate groups are more concentrated in states with higher _______________ rates (.39) and those with larger blue-collar working class workforces (.41).

Hate groups also cleave along ___________ lines. Ironically, but perhaps not surprisingly, higher concentrations of hate groups are positively associated with states where individuals report that ___________ plays an important role in their everyday lives (a correlation of .35).

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