Is Idaho too great for hate? Not exactly, according to this report

Boiseans gather at Anne Frank Memorial in show of support for Charlottesville

Boiseans on Sunday gathered at the Anne Frank Memorial to show their support for victims of violence in Charlottesville, Va., following a white supremacist rally there.
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Boiseans on Sunday gathered at the Anne Frank Memorial to show their support for victims of violence in Charlottesville, Va., following a white supremacist rally there.

Idaho is too great for hate, tweeted Sen. Mike Crapo on Sunday. The Idaho leader’s words were part of his response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., but the slogan is one that’s familiar to Idahoans — it adorns posters and T-shirts and even has a home on a plaque at Boise’s Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

But a recent analysis of data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that monitors hate groups and advocates for civil rights, finds that Idaho has more than its share of hate.

WARNING: This video contains graphic content. Clashes between protesters and counterprotesters broke out in Charlottesville, Va. even after a white nationalist rally called 'Unite the Right' was cancelled. At one point a car plowed into a crowd of

On Monday, the financial news blog 24/7 Wall Street named Idaho the second-most hateful state in the U.S. Its list of the top 10 states with the most hate groups looked at the SPLC statistics released earlier this year calculating the number of hate groups nationwide, then couched those numbers in statistics about race, immigration and overall population in each state.

What landed Idaho at No. 2 on the list?

Of all the states named, Idaho had the highest percent population of residents identifying as white (91.5 percent) — that’s the fifth highest of any state nationwide. Add to that Idaho’s relatively low population and relatively high number of total hate groups statewide (12), and our state has 7.1 hate groups per million residents, according to the article’s authors.

And it doesn’t end with North Idaho’s history of neo-Nazi and KKK-like groups, which Gov. Butch Otter made reference to in his statements about Charlottesville on Tuesday.

Video from Twitter shows a driver plowing into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday afternoon. One person died and 19 others were injured. The driver is in police custody.

“Newly emerging hate groups in Idaho reflect the broader changes occurring on a national scale,” the 24/7 Wall Street article said. “The SPLC identified five anti-Muslim groups operating in the state in 2016, groups that were not active as recently as 2015.”

According to the article, just 5.7 percent of Idaho’s population is foreign-born — another statistic that the authors took into account when creating their top 10 list. Montana, which was named the most hateful state, with 9.6 hate groups per million residents, has a foreign-born population of only 2.1 percent.

What started as a white nationalist protest centered on a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia exploded into violence between protesters and counterprotesters that has left one dead and many injured.

Many of the other states on the list were from the South. They are as follows:

10. Indiana

9. Missouri

8. Virginia

7. Kentucky

6. Arkansas

5. Alabama

4. Tennessee

3. Mississippi

2. Idaho

1. Montana

Nicole Blanchard: 208-377-6410, @NMBlanchard