Predicting Locations of Emerging Hate Groups in Maryland Utilizing Social Identity Theory
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In this analysis, principles behind Social Identity Theory were utilized as a basis to determine whether or not the demographic factors of income and racial diversity can predict where a hate group will likely emerge. This thesis will be tested using the state of Maryland. Specifically, the paper will help identify whether or not areas with a low income and a high diversity will become a breeding ground for hate organizations. To answer this question, the 2010 US census data on income and race dispersion throughout this state were collected. After the race dispersion was converted into a diversity index, it was concluded that areas of low income and high diversity could not explain why hate groups existed in their 2010 locations. However, these two demographic factors did correlate with the 2019 locations of these organizations. Therefore, it was concluded the Social Identity Theory could be utilized to anticipate and possibly predict where hate groups may emerge in Maryland in the future. The paper will also identify additional questions that it is hoped can be addressed by the 2020 census data when it is made available.