Mark Potok explains why the radical right has grown at free talk Feb. 28

by University Communications,

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will discuss the remarkable growth of the radical right since 2000 at a free lecture Thursday, Feb. 28.

The event, “The State of Hate in America,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Waller Hall’s Cone Chapel at Willamette University.

“Mr. Potok will discuss the growth of hate groups in a climate of political polarization, economic instability and growing conspiracism,” says Stanislav Vysotsky, an assistant sociology professor who organized the talk.

Potok, who also edits the law center's investigative magazine, Intelligence Report, will focus his talk on the reasons behind the explosive growth of the movement during the last four years. According to Potok, reasons include the election of the nation’s first African American president, the ailing economy and support the radical right is receiving from the political mainstream.

In light of President Barack Obama’s reelection last fall, Potok will also assess the prospects for the future with respect to hate and other extreme-right groups.