From the weird files: A new study just out from Penn State University
has found that the more Walmart stores a county has, the more likely that county is to have active hate groups. The study, published in the journal Social Science Quarterly, found the number of Walmart stores in a county predicted the number of hate groups there better than high crime rates, low graduation rates, and high unemployment.
Why? "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."