Mark Potok

As a Senior Fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Editor in Chief of its award-winning Intelligence Report magazine, Mark Potok helps lead the premier operation monitoring the extreme right in the United States. In addition to editing the magazine, Potok acts as a key spokesman for the SPLC, a well-known civil rights organization based in Alabama, and has testified before the Senate, the Helsinki Commission, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other leading venues. Before coming to SPLC in 1997, Potok spent almost 20 years as an award-winning reporter at newspapers including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald and The Miami Herald. While at USA Today, he covered the 1993 siege in Waco, the rise of militias, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the trial of Timothy McVeigh. In 1996, his editors nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize for a package of stories on racism in Texas public housing. Most recently, Potok won a 2010 first-place Green Eyeshade Award for best investigative magazine article from the Society of Professional Journalists.
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New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

In a remarkable confluence of events, the right-wing national leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel find themselves, at least for a brief historical moment, besieged by criticism and stark political dangers. In the US, President Donald Trump is facing a more serious impeachment threat than ever before, slowly but steadily sinking in the polls and seeing even his notoriously... Continue Reading

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The Radical Roots of Trump Talk

Donald Trump regularly adopts talking points and conspiracy claims that originate on the furthest fringes of the radical right. For years, the American radical right has insisted that huge numbers of South African whites are being subjected to a racist genocide by their black countrymen. The late neo-Nazi leader William Pierce was already decrying the alleged genocide in the 1970s, long before... Continue Reading

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The "Patriot" Movement Explodes (Part 2)

In the second part of his report on right-wing extremism in the United States, Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center breaks down its multiple components. Anti-gay Groups The LGBT community made significant advances in 2011, with the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gay men and lesbians in the military, the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage by... Continue Reading

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The "Patriot" Movement Explodes (Part 1)

The American civil rights NGO Southern Poverty Law Center has registered a dramatic increase in so-called “hate groups" in the United States since 2008, attributing it to the economic crisis, immigration, mistrust of the government, and the election of an African-American president. The radical right grew explosively in 2011, the third such dramatic expansion in as many years. The... Continue Reading

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