This is How Many Active Hate Groups are in Illinois
When you were a kid, did you ever get in trouble for saying a bad word?
I remember the first time my mom swatted me on the behind after I said just three little words to her, "I HATE you." Most people don't think of the word "hate" as a bad word, but in my family it sure was.
My mom would always tell me that you should never tell someone you hate them, or even use the word; it's the strongest word in the English language that can have devastating consequences. She'd say, "people who hate others, really only hate themselves."
It's a lesson I'll never forget. I've learned over the years that it's easier to love than it is to hate; but unfortunately not everyone feels the same way you and I do about hatred.
So, just how much hate is there in our country? It's obvious, after the recent events in Charlottesville, Viriginia, that it's still pretty prevalent; even right here in Illinois.
The organization defines a hate group as those that,
"have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."
A couple of them are located in Rockford, while the are rest, which include the KKK, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT groups, are scattered throughout the state. A majority reside in Chicago.
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