“In our polarized times, radicals use the SPLC’s hate-group designations to justify violence. Politicians and corporations use the designation to marginalize and punish good men and women. Not long ago the Family Research Council narrowly avoided mass murder when a man tried to attack its headquarters. He was inspired in part by the SPLC’s hate-group designation, and his plan was to shoot FRC employees and stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches into their dead, bleeding mouths.” – David French, Senior Writer, National Review, July 13, 2017
The Daily Caller reports that
Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen resigned Friday, in the latest blow to the embattled left-wing nonprofit.
Cohen’s resignation came nine days after the SPLC fired co-founder Morris Dees on March 13, citing unspecified conduct issues.
Cohen announced his resignation in a staff-wide email Friday evening, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them,” Cohen’s email read, according to the Times.
Current and former SPLC employees have accused the organization of turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and racial discrimination within its own ranks. (RELATED: ‘Highly Profitable Scam’: Former SPLC Staffers Come Clean)
Cohen took responsibility for unspecified “problems” at the SPLC in a statement released to the Montgomery Advertiser.
Cohen asked the SPLC’s board “to immediately launch a search for an interim president in order to give the organization the best chance to heal,” according to the Advertiser.
SPLC employees were long aware of racial issues and sexual harassment within the organization, former SPLC staffer Bob Moser recounted in a scathing essay published in The New Yorker on Thursday.
Moser described the SPLC as a “highly-profitable scam” that “never lived up to the values it espoused,” despite its portrayal to gullible donors.
“We were part of the con, and we knew it,” Moser wrote.
The SPLC is known to label pedestrian conservative organizations as “hate groups,” and is a key resource for Amazon, Google and other tech companies in policing “hate speech.”
The non-profit recently reported more than half a billion dollars in assets, including $121 million in off-shore funds.
So, just who is this bunch of foaming-at-the-mouth, snot-nosed Liberals known as the SPLC?
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 by two young Alabama lawyers, 35-year-old Morris Dees and 28-year-old Joseph Levin, Jr. The latter served as the Center’s legal director from 1971-76, but it was Dees who would emerge as the long-term “face” of the organization. A leftist who views the U.S. as an irredeemably racist nation, Dees, upon launching SPLC, joined forces with an African American who would serve as a perfect complement to him ideologically—the civil-rights activist Julian Bond.
Identifying itself as a “nonprofit civil rights organization” committed to “fighting hate and bigotry” while “seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society,” SPLC describes the United States as a country “seething” with “racial violence” and “intolerance against those who are different.” “Hate in America is a dreadful, daily constant,” says the Center, and violent crimes against members of minority groups like blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals, and Arabs/Muslims “are not isolated incidents,” but rather, “eruptions of a nation’s intolerance.” To combat this epidemic of “bigotry,” SPLC dedicates itself to “tracking and exposing” the activities of “hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States.” Specifically, the Center’s “Hate & Extremism” initiative publishes its findings in SPLC’s Hatewatch blog and in its quarterly journal, the Intelligence Report, which claims to be “the nation’s preeminent periodical monitoring the radical right in the U.S.”
SPLC first gained widespread national recognition in 1987, its seventeenth year of activity, by winning a $7 million verdict in a civil lawsuit against the United Klans of America (UKA) for the role that organization had played in the death of a black Alabama teenager. By the time that lawsuit was filed, UKA was already a destitute, impotent, disintegrating entity that virtually all white Americans had emphatically rejected; the SPLC suit merely drove the final nail into the UKA coffin. SPLC boasts that it has likewise won “crushing jury verdicts” that effectively shut down groups like the White Aryan Resistance (with a $12 million judgment in 1991), the White Patriot Party militia, and the Aryan Nations (with a $6.5 million judgment in 2001).
This has been SPLC’s modus operandi since its inception: to initiate “innovative lawsuits” against prominent hate groups for crimes that their individual members commit. In these suits, declares Morris Dees proudly, “We absolutely take no prisoners. When we get into a legal fight we go all the way.” The leftist writer Ken Silverstein, who in 2000 wrote a penetrating exposé of SPLC for Harper’s magazine, notes that the targets of these suits tend to be “mediagenic villains” who are “eager to show off their swastikas for the news cameras.” As Dees and SPLC well understand, such figures stand the best chance of triggering an emotional public response that translates, in turn, into financial contributions from donors eager to combat the perceived threat.
Inflating the Numbers on “Hate”
As of 2016, SPLC identified 892 active “hate groups” in the United States. Asserting that the vast majority of such organizations are “right wing,” the Center says they include “the Ku Klux Klan,” “the neo-Nazi movement,” “neo-Confederates,” “racist skinheads,” “antigovernment militias,” “Christian Identity adherents,” and a variety of “anti-immigrant,” “anti-LGBT,” “anti-Muslim,” and “alternative Right” organizations. While also identifying a tiny smattering of black separatist entities as hate groups, SPLC takes pains to point out that black organizations must be judged by a different standard than their white counterparts, because “much black racism in America is, at least in part, a response to centuries of white racism.” SPLC contends that from 2000 to 2012, the number of hate groups in the U.S. increased by 67%—a surge allegedly “fueled by anger and fear over the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation’s first African-American president”—i.e., Barack Obama. In other words, white Americans’ reflexive bigotry allegedly triggered a host of hate-filled responses to the increased political and cultural influence wielded by nonwhites. And America’s racists, by SPLC’s calculus, are almost unanimously conservatives—as evidenced by the caption featured in the “Hatewatch” section of SPLC’s website: “Hatewatch monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right.” The radical left gets no mention at all.
I do not know exactly what the “problems” are at the SPLC that are causing Cohen’s resignation.
However, perhaps it had something to do with the organization’s relationship with the Obama Administration.
In late July of 2018, it was revealed that the FBI had worked with the SPLC in 2009, using the organization to help them identify “domestic terrorism groups”.
2009? What happened in 2009? Oh, yeah. Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated as 44th President of the United States of America and the Federal Government, the DOF and the FBI included took a severe turn to the Far Left of the Political Spectrum.
It was during this time, that the Professional Bureaucrats in the Hierarchy of the DOJ and the FBI pledged their loyalty to “The Lightbringer” and his “Democratic Socialist” Political Ideology, which he so feverishly attempted to install in the place of America’s Constitutional Republic system of government which our Founders bequeathed us.
For the Administration and the FBI at that time to identify the SPLC as “well-known, established, and credible” gives you a clue as to just how incestuous the relationship between the Obama Administration and all of the 501 non-profit organizations like Obama’s own Organizing for America, and the SPLC, was.
As troubling a past as all of that was, it is the present that is even more troubling.
Why did then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions not instruct the FBI Director to examine the Bureau’s relationships with all of disruptive Far Left Organizations like the SPLC when he took office at the beginning of the Trump Administration?
And, here’s another thought…
What sort of role has these Far Left Organizations been covertly playing in the effort of the DOJ/FBI Deep State Operatives to sabotage and depose President Trump?
If the FBI has more “friends” like the Southern Poverty Law Center, they literally have a network of Far Left Shadow Operatives possibly working to bring down the current Administration.
Talk about your spy novel. That whirring sound that you are hearing is the sound of Tom Clancy spinning like a pin-wheel in his grave.
Until He Comes,