The HEAT map

On the web: Find the map here.

The Anti-Defamation League has launched the ADL H.E.A.T. (Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism) Map  — an interactive map showing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.

The map uses data developed by ADL experts in its Center on Extremism.

ADL CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt, in a statement, said, “As extremists continue to spread hate and incite violence using any and all means that they can, ADL is committed to exposing their efforts and fighting to prevent the hate they aim to spread.”

The ADL also released a report that evaluates the ways the white supremacist movement — and the “Alt-Right” in particular — has changed in the year since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and provides an overview of the state of white supremacy in the country.

Among the trends observed, the Alt-Right has embraced podcasts as a way to reach followers. White supremacist podcast audiences are not large by the standards of mainstream podcasts but represent significant audiences for white supremacists.

Additionally, white supremacists have increased on-campus and off-campus propaganda efforts in the past year.

Since the beginning of 2017, ADL’s Center on Extremism has tracked more than 900 white supremacist propaganda incidents, from distributions of white supremacist literature to display of white supremacist handbills, posters, and more.

The 2017-18 school year saw an increase of 77 percent increase in the number of incidents on campus from the previous academic year, with 292 cases reported, compared with 165 in 2016-17.

The map contains information for more than 4,500 data points, including extremist-related murders, terrorist plots and attacks, extremist shootouts with police, white supremacist propaganda on and off campus, white supremacist rallies and anti-Semitic incidents.

“As extremism and hate increases its reach, so too will our efforts to expose them locally and nationally,” said George Selim, ADL’s senior vice president of programs. “These resources are educational tools for all who are committed to fighting hate. We look forward to working with partners to strengthen our research and capabilities to prevent hate from spreading further.”

On the web

Find the map here.

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