|After the Civil War ended, many whites were
against recognizing African-American former-slaves as free citizens
with equal rights. As a result, white supremacy groups began to
form. Today, many of these same groups still exist. They include
the Ku Klux Klan, National Association for the Advancement of White
People, Aryan Nations, and the Chicago White Vikings. As of 1994,
it was estimated that there were 350 white supremacist groups and
5,000 Ku Klux Klan members in the U.S.
Unfortunately, these groups promoted not only hatred, but
violence and harm against blacks and other minorities as well. Even
in recent years, innocent people have been killed for the color of
Luckily, many states have taken action against such hate groups
by preventing them from forming or being in existence.