Call it a chicken-and-egg conundrum, but a new study published in Social Science Quarterly has found that activity in hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Family Research Council correlates strongly to the number of Wal-Marts in a given region.
Summarizes Raw Story:
The number of Wal-Mart stores was a better predictor of hate group participation than the unemployment rate, high crime rates and low education…
The researchers believe that the correlation between Wal-Mart and hate groups exists because of breakdown of the community. Small local businesses are more likely to be members of civic groups and involved in the community. They are also more likely to have closer relationships among their employees.
It would be interesting to see, though, if generally pro-gay big-box retailers like Macy’s, JCPenney and Target correspond to a similar atmosphere of hate-group preponderance. We’re guessing not.
In any case, just another reason to support small businesses: they’re less anti-gay!