Posted on March 29, 2011

CASPER: ‘Fighting Hate in America’

Casper Star-Tribune, March 25, 2011

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich will present “Fighting Hate in America” at Casper College.

Beirich, an expert on academic racism, nativist extremism and the white supremacist fringe of the neo-Confederate movement, is the director of research in the center’s hate and extremism department.

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“After a brief decline in the mid 1990s hate groups have exploded, more than tripling in number since the mid 90s. In particular, the number of hate and extremist websites has grown,” said Erich Frankland, Casper College political science instructor.

“I was moved to help bring in someone of Beirich’s qualifications to speak to the community about hate crimes following the shootings in Tucson this past January. I believe that we need to work toward ending hate in this country,” said Mariko Miller, Democratic Women’s Forum representative.

A reception will follow Beirich’s presentation, which is sponsored by the Democratic Women’s Forum, the Casper College Political Science Department and the Casper College Campus Security Office.

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