Covering Hate and Extremism, From the Fringes to the Mainstream: An Overview from the Southern Poverty Law Center


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Covering Hate and Extremism, From the Fringes to the Mainstream: An Overview from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Reporting hate and extremism.

Type: Webinar

Originally Broadcast On: February 14, 2018

Time Estimate: One hour.



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This webinar uses SPLC’s years of research and experience to explain the reasons behind the growth of hate and extremism as well as the challenges that white supremacists and other hate groups face. The webinar will explore how white supremacist ideas have found support with officials in the current administration and have influenced policy decisions, particularly as they relate to immigration and the LGBTQ community. It will also examine the inherent violence espoused by these movements — and perpetrated by their members, whether as incidents of domestic terrorism or as hate crimes. Additionally, the webinar addresses the nuances of hate crimes and hate incidents and will share resources for covering hate and extremism.


  • Explore trends in hate and extremism; learn how hate and extremism movements have fared over the last year and what their future looks like.
  • Understand the mainstreaming of hate and extremism.
  • Learn how white supremacism fuels hate crimes and domestic terrorism.
  • Distinguish between hate crimes and hate incidents and learn about the growth — and underreporting — of both.
  • Hear how the policies of major tech companies and social media networks address online hate speech and how changes in those policies could impact white supremacists and the movement they have created.
  • Explore the rise of white supremacism in the United States as both a domestic issue and an international phenomenon.
  • Identify key hate movements worth watching.
  • Resources for covering hate and extremism.


Journalists who cover extremist movements and issues surrounding hate crimes, as well as those who are interested in immigration policy and civil rights related to the LGBTQ and immigrant populations.


Heidi Beirich

Heidi Beirich, Ph.D., is director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the authoritative, award-winning annual count of the nation’s hate and hard-line, anti-government groups as well as the Hatewatch blog. Heidi is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements and racism in academia.