Barack Obama's election has inflamed racist extremists who see it as another sign that their country is under siege by non-whitesObama election inspires racist hate groups Feb 26, 2009
I think it's very clear that we're at a worrying moment now, despite the remarkable accomplishment of electing a black man presidentHate groups use Obama election Jan 23, 2009
We've seen everything from cross burnings on lawns of interracial couples to effigies of Obama hanging from nooses to unpleasant exchanges in schoolyardsPost-election racial hate incidents spike Nov 23, 2008
I think the noose is replacing the burning cross in the minds of many white people as the primary symboNoose returns as symbol of hate Oct 20, 2007
The Klan is, by and large, being replaced by much harder groups, neo-Nazis and skinheads. The Klan is quite despised by large swaths of the radical rights who tend to be smarter and better educated. They view the Klan as a bunch of rednecksKillen case could reflect Klan decline Mar 21, 2005
Mark Potok is a spokesman and director of publications and information for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama, a nonprofit organization that arose from the anti-segregation movement to counter extremism and hate crimes.
He is the editor of quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report. According to Huffington Post Potok "leads one of the most highly regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today." He has testified before the United States Senate, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other venues. The son of Joan and Andrew Potok, he grew up in Plainfield, Vermont, and studied at University of Chicago (from 1974 to 1978). He spent almost 20 years as reporter at several newspapers, including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Miami Herald.
The Intelligence Report he edits recently received the 2007 Investigative Award part of the UTNE Independent Press Awards.