On the day after Obama's historic election, more than 2,000 people joined his Web site, a remarkable increase from the approximately 80 new members a day he was getting, Black said.
His Web site, which was started in 1995, is one of the oldest and largest hate group sites.
"And you have presidents and politicians flinging open the borders telling them to take the few jobs left while our men are in soup kitchens." Experts studying hate crimes say there is no reliable way to link the growing number of hate groups with an increase in hate crimes, since many of the attacks go unreported.
The FBI's uniform crime report found 7,163 hate crime incidents in 2005.
"People who had been a little more complacent and kind of upset became more motivated to do something," said Black, who also said he joined his first hate group at age 15.
"You have an American work force facing massive unemployment," Schoep said.He added that his Web site sees around 40,000 unique visitors a day, up from 15,000 a day before Obama won the election.Racist anger toward Obama was evident even before he became president.Obama serves as a "visual aid" that is helping respark a sense of purpose in current supporters and lure new members, said neo-Nazi David Duke, the former Klan leader who was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in the 1980s.Duke said he fears "the white European-American" heritage will soon be destroyed.