Step One – Discovery: Go to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map and find a hate group close to you or one that is the closest to where you grew up or have lived for a significant part of your life. Spend time reading and learning about the group or groups you find in your own backyard.
Step Two – Description: In your first discussion post, describe the values and acts of discrimination of the hate group or hate groups that you learned are nearest you now or where you grew up or once lived. Did you know these local groups existed so near you before visiting the map? Were you surprised?
Step Three – Reflection: After you describe the hate group that is in your region, reflect upon how hate groups in our communities relates to our readings and videos in this module. Are these hate groups exercising free speech or engaging in acts that constitute crimes (crimes suggest social problems, not social issues)? Can we / do we as a society address these hate groups as a social problem? How so? If not, what can we do to act on this social problem?
Step Four – Discussion: Finally, what did you learn about racism. ethnic, and religious discrimination regarding hate groups in your community