Kentucky Has 23 Hate Groups


As a reminder that hate groups are not just “somewhere else” but also among us here in the Bluegrass state, here is the list of 23 hate groups as named and compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center in their Hate Map:

Group Location Type(s)
American Defense Records Lexington Hate Music
Aryan Strikeforce Kentucky (statewide) Racist Skinhead
Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Kentucky (statewide) Ku Klux Klan
Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Morehead Ku Klux Klan
Crew 38 Kentucky (statewide) Racist Skinhead
Fellowship of God’s Covenant People (HQ) Union Christian Identity
Israel United In Christ Louisville Black Separatist
Kinsman Redeemer Ministries (HQ) Alexandria Christian Identity
Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Harrodsburg Ku Klux Klan
League of the South Fort Mitchell, London, Taylorsville Neo-Confederate, League of the South
Nation of Islam Lexington, Louisville Black Separatist, Nation of Islam
National Socialist Movement Kentucky (statewide) Neo-Nazi, National Socialist Movement
New Black Panther Party Louisville Black Separatist, New Black Panther Party
Nordic Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (HQ) Dawson Springs Ku Klux Klan
Southern National Congress Fruit Hill Neo-Confederate
Supreme White Alliance Kentucky (statewide) Racist Skinhead
The Daily Stormer Louisville Neo-Nazi
Traditionalist Worker Party Louisville, Madisonville, Murray White Nationalist


And, here are their descriptions of the hate-group types listed above:

Black Separatist Black separatists typically oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions — or even a separate nation — for blacks. Most forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks are the Biblical “chosen people” of God.
Christian Identity Christian Identity is a unique anti-Semitic and racist theology that rose to a position of commanding influence on the racist right in the 1980s. “Christian” in name only, the movement’s relationship with evangelicals and fundamentalists has generally been hostile due to the latter’s belief that the return of Jews to Israel is essential to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.
Hate Music Racist music groups are typically white power music labels that record, publish and distribute racist music in a variety of genres.
Ku Klux Klan The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.
League of the South The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite.
Nation of Islam Since its founding in 1930, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has grown into one of the wealthiest and best-known organizations in black America. Its theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.
National Socialist Movement An organization that specializes in theatrical and provocative protests, the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States.
Neo-Confederate The term neo-Confederacy is used to describe twentieth and twenty-first century revivals of pro-Confederate sentiment in the United States. Strongly nativist, neo-Confederacy claims to pursue Christianity and heritage and other supposedly fundamental values that modern Americans are seen to have abandoned.
Neo-Nazi Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy.
New Black Panther Party The New Black Panther Party is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.
Racist Skinhead Racist Skinheads form a particularly violent element of the white supremacist movement, and have often been referred to as the “shock troops” of the hoped-for revolution. The classic Skinhead look is a shaved head, black Doc Martens boots, jeans with suspenders and an array of typically racist tattoos.
White Nationalist White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories – Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity – could also be fairly described as white nationalist.


Note that both the names of the groups and the names of the types are sorted alphabetically, so as not to imply any ranking.


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.