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“The unsatisfying truth about hateful online rhetoric and violence?

“Of course hateful rhetoric can lead to violence. Of course hateful rhetoric doesnt always lead to violence.

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Southern Poverty Law Center – Media Bias/Fact Check

These media sources have a slight to moderateliberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes)to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

Notes:The Southern Poverty Law Center is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups and its legal representation for victims of hate groups. The SPLC also classifies and lists hate groupsorganizations that in its opinion attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. The SPLC has been accused of having a far left bias by hate groups and other questionable far right sources. We rate SPLC left-center in bias through reporting choices. (8/23/2016) Updated (4/26/2017)

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Media Beware: The Southern Poverty Law … – National Review

SPLC co-founder Morris Dees (Photo: Smontgom65/Dreamstime)Reporters should stop using it as a source.

I have a confession to make: Im a hater lurking at a convention of haters. Our thoughtcrimes are clear and inexcusable. Im at a meeting of Christians who believe the Bible is true, who believe that mankind is fallen and in need of a Savior, and who believe that we should live according to certain moral rules including rules that govern sexual conduct. We believe that we should have the basic liberty to live according to that faith, and we also believe that other human beings should be able to live according to the different dictates of their consciences, so long as we all respect each others fundamental rights. To make matters even worse, I used to work for this hate group. I was a senior counsel, supervising a whole platoon of hateful litigators.

This may come as a shock to some readers, but there are apparently millions upon million of people like us in these United States. There are even imagine this! elected officials who share these vile beliefs. We tend to gather together once per week, we form groups that advocate for life and liberty, and we sometimes even attend conventions where we discuss legal and cultural trends. Fortunately, however, the mainstream media is on the case, ready to blow the lid off our secret covens of corruption. Heres ABC News, last night:

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said.

Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016, at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, California.

Not to be outdone, NBC News produced its own story, entitled Attorney General Jeff Sessions Criticized for Speaking to Hate Group. Heres its intro:

Democrats and LGBT groups assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for an off-camera, closed-door speech Tuesday to an organization designated as a hate group by a prominent civil rights watchdog.

As announced on his public schedule, Sessions addressed a crowd at the Alliance Defending Freedoms Summit on Religious Liberty in Orange County, California.

Im at that summit right now. I heard the attorney generals speech, I delivered a speech myself, and Im even now sitting right next to friends and former colleagues at ADF listening to a lecture on censorship in the European Union. Let me give you a peek under the curtain. Ill let you in on the major themes of the week.

We heard from men and women whove long served gay customers and formed lasting friendships with gay neighbors who now face death threats because they simply refused to lend their artistic talents to celebrate a gay wedding. We heard one mans voice break as he told the story of how his father fought across Europe and helped liberate a concentration camp from Nazi control and now his son is called a Nazi in part because he wants all people to enjoy the same rights of conscience and wants no man or woman to be coerced into supporting events they find immoral.

We heard from college administrators describing how state legislators were taking steps to try to cut off tuition assistance to poor students disproportionately students of color if those students dared to attend a Christian college that actually taught the biblical principles that the students themselves believed. We also heard stories of the same administrators urging that public debate remain civil and gracious, and they told how they apologized to state legislators when they heard that other people had said unkind or cruel things in the heat of political combat.

We also heard from survivors of sexual abuse who described forming deep and lasting relationships with secular feminists who felt alienated from a movement that had decided, definitively, that gender was nothing but a state of mind, that men can be pregnant, and that men should thus gain access to places where women are most vulnerable.

In fact, throughout the summit, the speakers and attendees advocated basic Christian principles. Bless those who persecute you. Love your ideological foes. Fight for the rights of others that youd like to exercise yourself.

In other words, it was just like your basic Klan rally in rural Alabama, circa 1954.

Lets be clear. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights watchdog group that ABC and NBC so prominently cite, has become a dangerous joke. Its a joke because the very idea that Christians are members of a hate group merely because they advocate for orthodox Christian principles and the liberty to live those principles is so intellectually and ideologically bankrupt that its barely worth addressing.

Indeed, Id encourage you to read the SPLCs information page on the Alliance Defending Freedom. It consists of a collection of quotes where ADF attorneys explain the implications of an unrestrained sexual revolution on religious liberty, and it details how ADF files cases to protect the First Amendment rights of its clients. Thats it. No violence. No hate. Mere Christianity.

But the jokes not funny anymore. In our polarized times, radicals use the SPLCs 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 SPLCs hate-group designation, and his plan was to shoot FRC employees and stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches into their dead, bleeding mouths.

The media should stop using the SPLC as a source.

Last year, a radical mob tried to physically attack American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray. He escaped unharmed, but a female professor who tried to protect him was injured, suffering a concussion and other injuries as the mob surged toward Murray. What helped motivate the mob? The SPLCs absurd designation of Murray as a white nationalist.

It would be unfair to hold the SPLC responsible for these violent acts. After all, the ultimate moral responsibility for violence rests with the criminal. But we all know that speech has power. It can influence men to do great good or inflict great harm. The SPLC is using its speech to inflict harm, to express its own form of hate, and to spread misinformation and deception throughout the land.

Whats the solution? The media should stop using it as a source unless the SPLC again starts focusing on its original valuable mission of exposing and combating racist terrorists and white supremacists. Enough is enough. The SPLC has lost its integrity. Media outlets who use the SPLC to assess Christian speech expose only their own bias and incompetence. There is no justification for its vicious hate.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leader in the fight against hate and bigotry in the United States, is seeking nominations and applications for three new Senior Supervising Attorneys (SSA) in the significantly expanding Childrens Rights practice group. Joining a legal team that uses impact litigation and policy advocacy as its primary tools to pursue justice and equal rights, the Senior Supervising Attorneys will lead the development and implementation of SPLCs childrens right work in their respective states (Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana) and manage highly-talented teams in using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to protect and advance the rights of children in those states.

As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the American consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the country are reigniting their commitment to justice for all. The Southern Poverty Law Centers Legal Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose civil rights are being threatened across the country. Over the last 12 months, the growth of this team has been unprecedented. Under the direction of Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein and Deputy Legal Director Zoe Savitsky, the Childrens Rights practice area is growing to meet the increased demands for justice for children across the South and nationally, with a clear focus on ensuring that vulnerable children in the Deep South have access to the resources they need particularly education and health servicesto grow and thrive, and that they are neither excluded from nor denied such resources due to their background or characteristics. Vulnerable children in SPLCs states are pushed into the school to prison pipeline at disproportionate rates, attend school in under-resourced education systems, and often have little or no access to vital health services. And in SPLCs states, the forces of deregulation and privatization are working to destroy the most important institution for building a democratic society, public schools.

The Senior Supervising Attorneys for Childrens Rights will work in collaboration with the Deputy Legal Director to execute the SPLCs vision and strategy for childrens rights work in each state. With the DLD, the SSAs will supervise dedicated team of staff attorneys, policy counsel, advocates, support staff, and others as they challenge the privatization of public education and the structural inequalities that disproportionately direct vulnerable children from the classroom and toward prison, educate them in unjustly inadequate schools, and prevent them from accessing the services they need to flourish in their communities. Specifically, the Senior Supervising Attorneys will be responsible for developing and litigating impact cases in state courts and in federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels. The SSAs will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to childrens rights issues, particularly relating to the school to prison pipeline, 2 educational equity, and childrens health services (focusing on mental health care). This may include but will not be limited to: addressing disproportionality and discrimination in school discipline, referrals to alternative school, suspensions, expulsion, and school-based arrest; curbing seclusion and restraint; pushing back against school-imposed fines and citations; addressing a variety of equity issues (school funding, deregulation, privatization, school vouchers, segregation/re-segregation); and improving childrens access to Medicaid and other vital health services.

The ideal candidates will be exceptionally talented impact litigators, strategists, and managers with a deep personal passion for pursuing justice on behalf of vulnerable children. They will have an understanding of the challenges facing children in southern states or states with similar demographic, social, and legal contexts and a natural intellectual curiosity to pursue new learnings and knowledge. They will bring at least seven (7) years of litigation experience and two (2) years successfully managing and leading a highly talented team and be barred or willing to sit for the next bar exam in the relevant state. This search is being conducted by Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Erica Nicole Griffin of NPAG. Please find application instructions at the end of this document.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Erica Nicole Griffin of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: SPLC-ChildRights@nonprofitprofessionals.com. Southern Poverty Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate groups – CNN

That’s the number of hate groups operating in the US, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Alabama-based nonprofit activist group tracks civil rights and hate crimes and defines a hate group as an organization with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

Some are classified as neo-Nazi, white nationalists, Ku Kluz Klan and others. The SPLC labels also include anti-LGBT groups, anti-Muslim groups — and some are black separatists, who don’t believe in interracial marriage and want a nation only for black people, according to the group.

But since the FBI doesn’t keep track of domestic hate groups, the SPLC’s tally is the widely accepted one regarding groups such as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and black nationalists.

Editor’s Note: The headline on this story has been changed to more closely align with the content of the piece, which clearly indicates that the data on hate groups is from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This story has also been updated to provide direct links to the full list from the SPLC as opposed to publishing the entire list here, and context has been added regarding some groups who oppose their inclusion on the SPLC list.

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Southern Poverty Law Center settlement with Maajid Nawaz …

The Southern Poverty Law Center took a devastating hit to its credibility and reinforced its reputation for unfairly wielding the hate label Monday by agreeing to pay millions of dollars to an organization previously included on a list of extremists.

In a stunning settlement, SPLC President Richard Cohen issued an apology and agreed to pay $3.375 million to the British-based Quilliam Foundation and founder Maajid Nawaz after they appeared in a since-deleted 2016 journalists guide to anti-Muslim extremists.

The agreement, reached after Mr. Nawaz threatened to sue, prompted the centers many critics on the right to reissue calls for media outlets and companies, which include Google and Amazon, to stop relying on the center for neutral hate group assessments.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, one of 954 groups listed on the SPLCs hate map, argued that the settlement terms leave the media and big business with no excuse in continuing to use the SPLC as an objective, independent source.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has long been the Lefts pit bull resorting to smears and a hate map to advance its liberal political agenda, Mr. Perkins said in a statement. But its falsehoods and dangerous tactics have finally caught up with them with the group doling out millions in a defamatory settlement.

Another group on the hate map, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which won a 7-2 Supreme Court decision this month on behalf of a Christian baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding, blasted the SPLC for sloppy mistakes that have ruinous, real-life consequences.

Its appalling and offensive for the Southern Poverty Law Center to compare peaceful organizations which condemn violence and racism with violent and racist groups just because it disagrees with their views, said ADF Vice President Jeremy Tedesco. Thats what SPLC did in the case of Quilliam and its founder Maajid Nawaz, and thats what it has done with ADF and numerous other organizations and individuals.

In a video apology, SPLC President Richard Cohen said that the center was wrong and offered our sincerest apology for including Quilliam in A Journalists Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.

Although we may have our differences with some of the positions that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have taken, they are most certainly not anti-Muslim extremists, Mr. Cohen said in the video.

Mr. Nawaz, a former Islamic extremist turned liberal reformer, landed on the list for offenses such as tweeting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad; calling for Muslim women to stop wearing face veils in inappropriate public places; and including a list of British Muslim groups as part of a report for a top security official.

The SPLCs guide to anti-Muslim extremists, reportedly prepared in conjunction with the leftist Media Matters for America, also included Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalia-born critic of Islamism who was forced to undergo genital mutilation.

In addition to the payment, the settlement requires the SPLC to remove the field guide from its website and social media, and keep the video and written apologies online for at least two years.

Mr. Nawaz thanked those who contributed to the litigation fund for the London-based group, which bills itself as the worlds first counterextremism organization.

With the help of everyone who contributed to our litigation fund, we were able to fight back against the Regressive Left and show them that moderate Muslims will not be silenced, Mr. Nawaz said. We will continue to combat extremists by defying Muslim stereotypes, calling out fundamentalism in our own communities, and speaking out against anti-Muslim hate.

Despite the criticism, the SPLC has expanded its influence in the past few years by partnering with Amazon and social media giants Facebook and Google-owned YouTube to identify hate on their platforms.

Last month, Amazon removed the ADF from its charitable Amazon Smile program, explaining that the company uses the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and the SPLC to determine which charities are eligible.

Megan Meier, a partner at Clare Locke, the law firm representing Mr. Nawaz, lamented that the apology came only after the legal threat.

Its a shame that it took impending litigation for the Southern Poverty Law Center to finally set the record straight and admit it was wrong all along, Ms. Meier told National Review. Quilliam and Mr. Nawaz do admirable work, and we are honored to have restored their reputations and achieved this victory on their behalf.

At the same time, the retreat caused concern even among SPLCs critics about the First Amendment implications.

It sounds like an apology for drawing an irrational, unfair conclusion, which is simply not defamation, said Popehats Ken White, who described the apology as an unconditional surrender.

Moreover, Nawaz specifically said he was going to sue to fight people who use labels like racist and Nazi. But such labels are classic opinion, he said.

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, also identified as a hate group by the SPLC, said the apology was unlikely to change the situation for others because Mr. Nawaz is regarded as a political liberal.

Its good to see the hard-Left smear machine the SPLC lose a battle, but it is likely that it only gave in to Nawaz because he is a Leftist, Mr. Spencer said in a post. The rest of us on the list continue to be defamed and marginalized by our presence on the list, since the establishment media continues to cite the SPLC as if it were a reliable source.

The apology also the SPLC was wrong to include Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation in our Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Since we published the Field Guide, we have taken the time to do more research and have consulted with human rights advocates we respect. Weve found that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism.

Although we may have our differences with some of the positions that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have taken, they are most certainly not anti-Muslim extremists. We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Mr. Nawaz, Quilliam, and our readers for the error, and we wish Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam all the best.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Hate-Mongering Scam

Amazon has decided to pull the Alliance Defending Freedom from its Amazon Smile program, in which shoppers can send a portion of their Amazon purchases to charities. Because the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled ADF a hate group, Amazon yanked its opportunity to receive donations on an equal playing field with other Amazon Smile participants, which include highly political leftist organizations Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, Media Matters, and Oxfam-America.

ADF is a nonprofit, First Amendment-focused legal organization that has successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court seven times in the past seven years. It is not some Klu Klux Klan revival, and to suggest so is both false and deeply offensive. Yet slandering good-faith people is SPLCs raison detre. Why? Because thats how it rakes in millions of dollars a year, show its latest tax filings, to fund its astronomical $432,723,955 endowment and managements $200,000-$350,000 annual salaries (plus perks!).

Numerous media outlets and watchdog organizations have documented this reality, and over several decades. The Atlantic and Politico have covered, albeit in friendly fashion, the organizations decision to group with neo-Nazis, black power groups, and Klu Klux Klan chapters people and organizations like Sen. Rand Paul, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, ADF, the Family Research Council, the Center for Immigration Studies, and Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz. Publications that have exposed SPLCs hate-profiteering includeTablet magazine; a newspaper local to SPLCs headquarters, the Montgomery Advertiser; Philanthropymagazine, Harpers magazine, Megan McArdle at Bloomberg;The Weekly Standard; City Journal; National Review; andThe Washington Free Beacon.

Simply put, SPLC is not a legitimate arbiter of public discourse. It poisons public discourse for profit. Its business model is to target groups and people, sometimes with baseless smears, to gin up fear and anger so people send SPLC gobs of cash it largely doesnt use to benefit the oppressed. Neither Amazon nor major media outlets such as CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, CBS, and PBS should amplify or give any credence to SPLCs highly partisan, highly personal, self-interested fear-mongering.

Here are a few reasons why. (The Federalist senior contributor Stella Morabito offers more here.)

The SPLCs hate group and extremist labels are effective. Groups slapped with them have lost funding, been targeted by activists and generally been banished from mainstream legitimacy, Politicos chummy writeup notes. in America, even fighting racism can be very good business.

SPLCs extremist and hate group labels are not impartial designations that help citizens, media, and public leaders make better decisions about either local concerns or broader politics. At best, they are self-interested marketing. At worst, they are designed to execute partisan vendettas, to wield financial and political power against legitimate opponents in public discourse.

Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly thatour aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them, SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok said at a 2007 conference.

Of course the ideas and methods of the KKK and other violent and bigoted groups that appear on SPLCs listings are morally wrong and should be rejected. But since SPLC spends the vast majority of its funds on its own salaries and savings instead of tangible efforts to protect and serve victims of bigotry, it seems pretty clear that it uses the relatively few cranks and purveyors of reprehensible racism it can find in America to serve itself both financially and ideologically rather than the public good.

Theyve never spent more than 31 percent of the money they were bringing in on programs, and sometimes they spent as little as 18 percent. Most nonprofits spend about 75 percent on programs, notedMontgomery Advertiser Managing Editor Jim Tharpe in a talk for Harvard Universitys Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Thats because SPLC is basically a very effective scam organization that uses images of white-bedsheeted people and, now, Donald Trump policies, to scare donors into sending them piles of money. Trump-mongering has been very good for business. The organizations latest IRS form, from 2017, shows that Gifts, grants, contributions, membership fees to SPLC almost tripled, from $50,297,653 in 2015 already a huge amount to $132,044,179 in 2016, of course the year Trump ran and won the presidency. Investigative reporters and actual anti-hate-crimes groups say SPLC is largely a shell organization that uses masterful marketing techniques to rake in big-time profits for its staff, especially founder Morris Dees.

Over the years, numerous investigators have pointed out that most of the scary KKK and Nazi and militia groups that the SPLC insists are lurking under our beds are actually ghost entities, with no employees, no address, hardly any followers, and little or no footprint,Philanthropy noted.Its two largest expenses are propaganda operations: creating its annual lists of haters and extremists, and running a big effort that pushes tolerance education through more than 400,000 public-school teachers. And the single biggest effort undertaken by the SPLC? Fundraising. On the organizations 2015 IRS 990 form it declared $10 million of direct fundraising expenses, far more than it has ever spent on legal services.

Last year, a Washington Free Beacon investigation showed SPLC keeps millions in offshore accounts, which charity experts labeled a huge red flag and completely unacceptable.

While listing among largely isolated and rare racist groups several constructive, nonviolent organizations that lean conservative such as ADF and the Ruth Institute, a small pro-family organization headed by a genial PhD who has taught at Yale University, SPLCs hate list does not include violent leftist organizations such as Antifa.

SPLC says this is because as a general matter, prejudice on the basis of factors such as race is more prevalent on the far right than it is on the far left. Thats not the case for anti-Semitism. Even if one assumes we should ignore political labels and focus on actions and ideology, asMegan McArdle notes, the center offersbizarrely shifting rationalesthat suggest that the staff started with the target they wanted to deem hateful, and worked backward to the analysis.

That is likely why its designated haters are those the organization deems most likely to stir up contributions from its mostly liberal donors, not groups and people who genuinely deserve calling out according to objective criteria.

The SPLC blacklist list contains practicing Muslims like Maajid Nawaz, ex-Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, foreign-policy think-tankers like Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes, and right-wing firebrands like David Horowitznone of whom could be reasonably described as anti-Muslim bigots, findsTablet magazine.[T]he Southern Poverty Law Center is now aggressively defending the kind of violent supremacists [Islamists] it had once sought to prosecute, and attacking types like Nawaz it had once defended against violence.

SPLC is entitled to its own opinions, but it is not entitled to respect for them or a pretense that they are fair, neutral, unbiased, or free of self-serving motivations.

SPLC act[s] like they have hegemony over how to conduct a civil rights debate in this country, which I find a strange posture coming from a group of white men, saysLoretta Ross, program director for the Center for Democratic Renewal, an Atlanta, Georgia-based white supremacy monitoring group. That is likely because SPLCs concern for civil rights appears to be a facade to facilitate donor and victim exploitation.

In its expose, Harpers says former SPLC lawyer Gloria Browne, who resigned to protest its behavior, told reporters that the Centers programs were calculated to cash in on black pain and white guilt.’ They are not targeted to need or effective social solutions.Harpers continues:

Horrifying as such incidents are, hate groups commit almost no violence. More than 95 percent of all hate crimes, including most of the incidents SPLC letters cite (bombings, church burnings, school shootings), are perpetrated by lone wolves. Even Timothy McVeigh, subject of one of the most extensive investigations in the FBIs history-and one of the most extensive direct-mail campaigns in the SPLCs-was never credibly linked to any militia organization.

Of course, however, news of a declining Klan does not make for inclining donations to Morris Dees, so SPLC sensationalizes the incidents of racial and anti-LGBT violence in the United States, which data shows is still the most racially tolerant country in the world. While of course this doesnt mean any incidents of bigotry are alright, SPLCs profits depend on mischaracterizing and and exploiting them in ways that damage social cohesion and do not benefit actual victims.

Even when it does spend a tiny percentage of its war chest on litigation, the SPLC would pursue essentially meaningless but headline-grabbing cases, exploiting its uncollectible verdicts through sensational fundraising appeals that generated massive donations, reports City Journal.One disgruntled former SPLC attorney complained that [Dees] was on the Klan kick because it was such an easy targeteasy to beat in court, easy to raise big money on.

Because the SPLC depends on racism, violence, and division for its revenue and legitimacy, they have reason to want more of these terrible things, or at least the appearance of more. Their vested interest is not in solving and reducing these social blights, but in maximizing and perpetuating them. All the more reason polite society should starve their fire-stoking of the oxygen of attention.

The SPLC is infamous for offering a pretext for violence. When eminent social scientist Charles Murray, whose work has done more to lift U.S. minorities out of poverty than perhaps any other single living person, visited Middlebury College for a talk, because SPLC has falsely smeared him as a white supremacist,students rioted. They attacked Murray and a Middlebury professor as security escorted them out, blocking and rocking their car and yanking the professors hair so hard it caused a neck injury that required her to wear a brace afterward.

Murray remains on the hate list and SPLCs website includes no statement about the incident.

In 2012, a young man guided by the SPLC hate map entered the Family Research Councils headquarters in Washington DC with a gun and shot the security guard, who managed to disarm the shooter. Police later determined the young man intended to kill people at the office because the SPLC had labeled FRC an extremist organization. While condemning the violence, SPLC continues to designate FRC a hate group and defend that designation.

After it designated Muslim reformer Nawaz an extremist in 2016, the British Quilliam Foundation leader toldThe Atlantic: They put a target on my head. The kind of work that I do, if you tell the wrong kind of Muslims that Im an extremist, then that means Im an target. They dont have to deal with any of this. I dont have any protection. I dont have any state protection. These people are putting me on what I believe is a hit list.Given the FRC shooting four years earlier and the real dangers of opposing radical Islamism, thats not a specious claim.

City Journalfurther reports that SPLC speaks highly of convicted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization Weather Underground fomented riots and bombed government offices and banks:

The SPLCs education project, Teaching Tolerance, and its companion website, tolerance.org, market Ayerss books and describe him as a highly respected figure in the field of multicultural education. Failing to mention that Ayers dedicated the Weather Undergrounds 1974 revolutionary manifesto,Prairie Fire, to Robert F. Kennedys assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, the SPLC lauds Ayers for his rich vision of teaching that interweaves passion, responsibility and self-reflection.

Whatever credibility SPLC earned fighting some anti-KKK cases in the 1970s is long gone. It has squandered its moral authority many times over. Its proclamations exploit people to serve its bottom line, and should receive no furtherance from media or organizations like Amazon.

Treating SPLC as a good-faith arbiter of public discourse grants speech police power to an organization whose business model is to make money from poisoning public discourse. Those who care about free speech and justice will grant no such power to folks who, like SPLC, exploit these noble and necessary ideas for their own selfish, cynical, socially destructive ends.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Hate-Mongering Scam

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“The unsatisfying truth about hateful online rhetoric and violence? “Of course hateful rhetoric can lead to violence. Of course hateful rhetoric doesnt always lead to violence. We have almost no answers as to why some people choose to pursue violence and some dont.

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Southern Poverty Law Center – Media Bias/Fact Check

These media sources have a slight to moderateliberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes)to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources. Factual Reporting: HIGH Notes:The Southern Poverty Law Center is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups and its legal representation for victims of hate groups. The SPLC also classifies and lists hate groupsorganizations that in its opinion attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. The SPLC has been accused of having a far left bias by hate groups and other questionable far right sources. We rate SPLC left-center in bias through reporting choices. (8/23/2016) Updated (4/26/2017) Source:https://www.splcenter.org/

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Media Beware: The Southern Poverty Law … – National Review

SPLC co-founder Morris Dees (Photo: Smontgom65/Dreamstime)Reporters should stop using it as a source. I have a confession to make: Im a hater lurking at a convention of haters. Our thoughtcrimes are clear and inexcusable. Im at a meeting of Christians who believe the Bible is true, who believe that mankind is fallen and in need of a Savior, and who believe that we should live according to certain moral rules including rules that govern sexual conduct. We believe that we should have the basic liberty to live according to that faith, and we also believe that other human beings should be able to live according to the different dictates of their consciences, so long as we all respect each others fundamental rights. To make matters even worse, I used to work for this hate group. I was a senior counsel, supervising a whole platoon of hateful litigators. This may come as a shock to some readers, but there are apparently millions upon million of people like us in these United States. There are even imagine this! elected officials who share these vile beliefs. We tend to gather together once per week, we form groups that advocate for life and liberty, and we sometimes even attend conventions where we discuss legal and cultural trends. Fortunately, however, the mainstream media is on the case, ready to blow the lid off our secret covens of corruption. Heres ABC News, last night: The linked story begins: Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said. Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016, at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, California. Not to be outdone, NBC News produced its own story, entitled Attorney General Jeff Sessions Criticized for Speaking to Hate Group. Heres its intro: Democrats and LGBT groups assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for an off-camera, closed-door speech Tuesday to an organization designated as a hate group by a prominent civil rights watchdog. As announced on his public schedule, Sessions addressed a crowd at the Alliance Defending Freedoms Summit on Religious Liberty in Orange County, California. Im at that summit right now. I heard the attorney generals speech, I delivered a speech myself, and Im even now sitting right next to friends and former colleagues at ADF listening to a lecture on censorship in the European Union. Let me give you a peek under the curtain. Ill let you in on the major themes of the week. We heard from men and women whove long served gay customers and formed lasting friendships with gay neighbors who now face death threats because they simply refused to lend their artistic talents to celebrate a gay wedding. We heard one mans voice break as he told the story of how his father fought across Europe and helped liberate a concentration camp from Nazi control and now his son is called a Nazi in part because he wants all people to enjoy the same rights of conscience and wants no man or woman to be coerced into supporting events they find immoral. We heard from college administrators describing how state legislators were taking steps to try to cut off tuition assistance to poor students disproportionately students of color if those students dared to attend a Christian college that actually taught the biblical principles that the students themselves believed. We also heard stories of the same administrators urging that public debate remain civil and gracious, and they told how they apologized to state legislators when they heard that other people had said unkind or cruel things in the heat of political combat. We also heard from survivors of sexual abuse who described forming deep and lasting relationships with secular feminists who felt alienated from a movement that had decided, definitively, that gender was nothing but a state of mind, that men can be pregnant, and that men should thus gain access to places where women are most vulnerable. In fact, throughout the summit, the speakers and attendees advocated basic Christian principles. Bless those who persecute you. Love your ideological foes. Fight for the rights of others that youd like to exercise yourself. In other words, it was just like your basic Klan rally in rural Alabama, circa 1954. Lets be clear. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights watchdog group that ABC and NBC so prominently cite, has become a dangerous joke. Its a joke because the very idea that Christians are members of a hate group merely because they advocate for orthodox Christian principles and the liberty to live those principles is so intellectually and ideologically bankrupt that its barely worth addressing. Indeed, Id encourage you to read the SPLCs information page on the Alliance Defending Freedom. It consists of a collection of quotes where ADF attorneys explain the implications of an unrestrained sexual revolution on religious liberty, and it details how ADF files cases to protect the First Amendment rights of its clients. Thats it. No violence. No hate. Mere Christianity. But the jokes not funny anymore. In our polarized times, radicals use the SPLCs 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 SPLCs hate-group designation, and his plan was to shoot FRC employees and stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches into their dead, bleeding mouths. The media should stop using the SPLC as a source. Last year, a radical mob tried to physically attack American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray. He escaped unharmed, but a female professor who tried to protect him was injured, suffering a concussion and other injuries as the mob surged toward Murray. What helped motivate the mob? The SPLCs absurd designation of Murray as a white nationalist. It would be unfair to hold the SPLC responsible for these violent acts. After all, the ultimate moral responsibility for violence rests with the criminal. But we all know that speech has power. It can influence men to do great good or inflict great harm. The SPLC is using its speech to inflict harm, to express its own form of hate, and to spread misinformation and deception throughout the land. Whats the solution? The media should stop using it as a source unless the SPLC again starts focusing on its original valuable mission of exposing and combating racist terrorists and white supremacists. Enough is enough. The SPLC has lost its integrity. Media outlets who use the SPLC to assess Christian speech expose only their own bias and incompetence. There is no justification for its vicious hate.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Salaries | Glassdoor

41 salaries (for 34 job titles)Updated Aug 15, 2018 How much do Southern Poverty Law Center employees make? Glassdoor has salaries, wages, tips, bonuses, and hourly pay based upon employee reports and estimates. Average Base Salaries in (USD) Average Base Salaries in (USD) $32,500/yr Range: $29K – $38K 4salaries $32,500/yr $77,829/yr Range: $73K – $85K 3salaries $77,829/yr $53,286/yr Range: $50K – $56K 2salaries Are you paid fairly?Get a free, personalized salary estimate based on today’s market $82,000/yr Range: $62K – $104K 2salaries $60,960/yr Range: $58K – $63K 1employee salary or estimate $42,050/yr Range: $40K – $44K 1employee salary or estimate $10/hr Range: $10 – $11 1employee salary or estimate $60,943/yr Range: $59K – $63K 1employee salary or estimate $100,000/yr Range: $96K – $104K 1employee salary or estimate $52,645/yr Range: $50K – $55K 1employee salary or estimate $54,804/yr Range: $53K – $58K 1employee salary or estimate $90,749/yr Range: $87K – $95K 1employee salary or estimate $59,639/yr Range: $58K – $62K 1employee salary or estimate $11/hr Range: $11 – $11 1employee salary or estimate $103,199/yr Range: $98K – $107K 1employee salary or estimate $64,621/yr Range: $62K – $68K 1employee salary or estimate $11/hr Range: $10 – $11 1employee salary or estimate $38,000/yr Range: $37K – $39K 1employee salary or estimate $42,000/yr Range: $40K – $44K 1employee salary or estimate $26,727/yr Range: $25K – $28K 1employee salary or estimate

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I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time(More than 5 years) Pros Great organization, the work is more relevant than ever. Attracts great talent and offers room to grow in career. Cons Montgomery is not a great place to live, but it’s changing for the better. Advice to Management Continue investing in new talent and nurture young leaders within organization Southern Poverty Law Center 2018-04-26 13:27 PDT

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Website: Southern Poverty Law Center The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leader in the fight against hate and bigotry in the United States, is seeking nominations and applications for three new Senior Supervising Attorneys (SSA) in the significantly expanding Childrens Rights practice group. Joining a legal team that uses impact litigation and policy advocacy as its primary tools to pursue justice and equal rights, the Senior Supervising Attorneys will lead the development and implementation of SPLCs childrens right work in their respective states (Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana) and manage highly-talented teams in using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to protect and advance the rights of children in those states. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the American consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the country are reigniting their commitment to justice for all. The Southern Poverty Law Centers Legal Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose civil rights are being threatened across the country. Over the last 12 months, the growth of this team has been unprecedented. Under the direction of Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein and Deputy Legal Director Zoe Savitsky, the Childrens Rights practice area is growing to meet the increased demands for justice for children across the South and nationally, with a clear focus on ensuring that vulnerable children in the Deep South have access to the resources they need particularly education and health servicesto grow and thrive, and that they are neither excluded from nor denied such resources due to their background or characteristics. Vulnerable children in SPLCs states are pushed into the school to prison pipeline at disproportionate rates, attend school in under-resourced education systems, and often have little or no access to vital health services. And in SPLCs states, the forces of deregulation and privatization are working to destroy the most important institution for building a democratic society, public schools. The Senior Supervising Attorneys for Childrens Rights will work in collaboration with the Deputy Legal Director to execute the SPLCs vision and strategy for childrens rights work in each state. With the DLD, the SSAs will supervise dedicated team of staff attorneys, policy counsel, advocates, support staff, and others as they challenge the privatization of public education and the structural inequalities that disproportionately direct vulnerable children from the classroom and toward prison, educate them in unjustly inadequate schools, and prevent them from accessing the services they need to flourish in their communities. Specifically, the Senior Supervising Attorneys will be responsible for developing and litigating impact cases in state courts and in federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels. The SSAs will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to childrens rights issues, particularly relating to the school to prison pipeline, 2 educational equity, and childrens health services (focusing on mental health care). This may include but will not be limited to: addressing disproportionality and discrimination in school discipline, referrals to alternative school, suspensions, expulsion, and school-based arrest; curbing seclusion and restraint; pushing back against school-imposed fines and citations; addressing a variety of equity issues (school funding, deregulation, privatization, school vouchers, segregation/re-segregation); and improving childrens access to Medicaid and other vital health services. The ideal candidates will be exceptionally talented impact litigators, strategists, and managers with a deep personal passion for pursuing justice on behalf of vulnerable children. They will have an understanding of the challenges facing children in southern states or states with similar demographic, social, and legal contexts and a natural intellectual curiosity to pursue new learnings and knowledge. They will bring at least seven (7) years of litigation experience and two (2) years successfully managing and leading a highly talented team and be barred or willing to sit for the next bar exam in the relevant state. This search is being conducted by Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Erica Nicole Griffin of NPAG. Please find application instructions at the end of this document. This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Erica Nicole Griffin of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: SPLC-ChildRights@nonprofitprofessionals.com. Southern Poverty Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate groups – CNN

That’s the number of hate groups operating in the US, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Alabama-based nonprofit activist group tracks civil rights and hate crimes and defines a hate group as an organization with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Some are classified as neo-Nazi, white nationalists, Ku Kluz Klan and others. The SPLC labels also include anti-LGBT groups, anti-Muslim groups — and some are black separatists, who don’t believe in interracial marriage and want a nation only for black people, according to the group. But since the FBI doesn’t keep track of domestic hate groups, the SPLC’s tally is the widely accepted one regarding groups such as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and black nationalists. Editor’s Note: The headline on this story has been changed to more closely align with the content of the piece, which clearly indicates that the data on hate groups is from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This story has also been updated to provide direct links to the full list from the SPLC as opposed to publishing the entire list here, and context has been added regarding some groups who oppose their inclusion on the SPLC list.

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Southern Poverty Law Center settlement with Maajid Nawaz …

The Southern Poverty Law Center took a devastating hit to its credibility and reinforced its reputation for unfairly wielding the hate label Monday by agreeing to pay millions of dollars to an organization previously included on a list of extremists. In a stunning settlement, SPLC President Richard Cohen issued an apology and agreed to pay $3.375 million to the British-based Quilliam Foundation and founder Maajid Nawaz after they appeared in a since-deleted 2016 journalists guide to anti-Muslim extremists. The agreement, reached after Mr. Nawaz threatened to sue, prompted the centers many critics on the right to reissue calls for media outlets and companies, which include Google and Amazon, to stop relying on the center for neutral hate group assessments. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, one of 954 groups listed on the SPLCs hate map, argued that the settlement terms leave the media and big business with no excuse in continuing to use the SPLC as an objective, independent source. The Southern Poverty Law Center has long been the Lefts pit bull resorting to smears and a hate map to advance its liberal political agenda, Mr. Perkins said in a statement. But its falsehoods and dangerous tactics have finally caught up with them with the group doling out millions in a defamatory settlement. Another group on the hate map, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which won a 7-2 Supreme Court decision this month on behalf of a Christian baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding, blasted the SPLC for sloppy mistakes that have ruinous, real-life consequences. Its appalling and offensive for the Southern Poverty Law Center to compare peaceful organizations which condemn violence and racism with violent and racist groups just because it disagrees with their views, said ADF Vice President Jeremy Tedesco. Thats what SPLC did in the case of Quilliam and its founder Maajid Nawaz, and thats what it has done with ADF and numerous other organizations and individuals. In a video apology, SPLC President Richard Cohen said that the center was wrong and offered our sincerest apology for including Quilliam in A Journalists Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Although we may have our differences with some of the positions that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have taken, they are most certainly not anti-Muslim extremists, Mr. Cohen said in the video. Mr. Nawaz, a former Islamic extremist turned liberal reformer, landed on the list for offenses such as tweeting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad; calling for Muslim women to stop wearing face veils in inappropriate public places; and including a list of British Muslim groups as part of a report for a top security official. The SPLCs guide to anti-Muslim extremists, reportedly prepared in conjunction with the leftist Media Matters for America, also included Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalia-born critic of Islamism who was forced to undergo genital mutilation. In addition to the payment, the settlement requires the SPLC to remove the field guide from its website and social media, and keep the video and written apologies online for at least two years. Mr. Nawaz thanked those who contributed to the litigation fund for the London-based group, which bills itself as the worlds first counterextremism organization. With the help of everyone who contributed to our litigation fund, we were able to fight back against the Regressive Left and show them that moderate Muslims will not be silenced, Mr. Nawaz said. We will continue to combat extremists by defying Muslim stereotypes, calling out fundamentalism in our own communities, and speaking out against anti-Muslim hate. Despite the criticism, the SPLC has expanded its influence in the past few years by partnering with Amazon and social media giants Facebook and Google-owned YouTube to identify hate on their platforms. Last month, Amazon removed the ADF from its charitable Amazon Smile program, explaining that the company uses the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and the SPLC to determine which charities are eligible. Megan Meier, a partner at Clare Locke, the law firm representing Mr. Nawaz, lamented that the apology came only after the legal threat. Its a shame that it took impending litigation for the Southern Poverty Law Center to finally set the record straight and admit it was wrong all along, Ms. Meier told National Review. Quilliam and Mr. Nawaz do admirable work, and we are honored to have restored their reputations and achieved this victory on their behalf. At the same time, the retreat caused concern even among SPLCs critics about the First Amendment implications. It sounds like an apology for drawing an irrational, unfair conclusion, which is simply not defamation, said Popehats Ken White, who described the apology as an unconditional surrender. Moreover, Nawaz specifically said he was going to sue to fight people who use labels like racist and Nazi. But such labels are classic opinion, he said. Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, also identified as a hate group by the SPLC, said the apology was unlikely to change the situation for others because Mr. Nawaz is regarded as a political liberal. Its good to see the hard-Left smear machine the SPLC lose a battle, but it is likely that it only gave in to Nawaz because he is a Leftist, Mr. Spencer said in a post. The rest of us on the list continue to be defamed and marginalized by our presence on the list, since the establishment media continues to cite the SPLC as if it were a reliable source. The apology also the SPLC was wrong to include Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation in our Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Since we published the Field Guide, we have taken the time to do more research and have consulted with human rights advocates we respect. Weve found that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism. Although we may have our differences with some of the positions that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have taken, they are most certainly not anti-Muslim extremists. We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Mr. Nawaz, Quilliam, and our readers for the error, and we wish Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam all the best.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Hate-Mongering Scam

Amazon has decided to pull the Alliance Defending Freedom from its Amazon Smile program, in which shoppers can send a portion of their Amazon purchases to charities. Because the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled ADF a hate group, Amazon yanked its opportunity to receive donations on an equal playing field with other Amazon Smile participants, which include highly political leftist organizations Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, Media Matters, and Oxfam-America. ADF is a nonprofit, First Amendment-focused legal organization that has successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court seven times in the past seven years. It is not some Klu Klux Klan revival, and to suggest so is both false and deeply offensive. Yet slandering good-faith people is SPLCs raison detre. Why? Because thats how it rakes in millions of dollars a year, show its latest tax filings, to fund its astronomical $432,723,955 endowment and managements $200,000-$350,000 annual salaries (plus perks!). Numerous media outlets and watchdog organizations have documented this reality, and over several decades. The Atlantic and Politico have covered, albeit in friendly fashion, the organizations decision to group with neo-Nazis, black power groups, and Klu Klux Klan chapters people and organizations like Sen. Rand Paul, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, ADF, the Family Research Council, the Center for Immigration Studies, and Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz. Publications that have exposed SPLCs hate-profiteering includeTablet magazine; a newspaper local to SPLCs headquarters, the Montgomery Advertiser; Philanthropymagazine, Harpers magazine, Megan McArdle at Bloomberg;The Weekly Standard; City Journal; National Review; andThe Washington Free Beacon. Simply put, SPLC is not a legitimate arbiter of public discourse. It poisons public discourse for profit. Its business model is to target groups and people, sometimes with baseless smears, to gin up fear and anger so people send SPLC gobs of cash it largely doesnt use to benefit the oppressed. Neither Amazon nor major media outlets such as CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, CBS, and PBS should amplify or give any credence to SPLCs highly partisan, highly personal, self-interested fear-mongering. Here are a few reasons why. (The Federalist senior contributor Stella Morabito offers more here.) The SPLCs hate group and extremist labels are effective. Groups slapped with them have lost funding, been targeted by activists and generally been banished from mainstream legitimacy, Politicos chummy writeup notes. in America, even fighting racism can be very good business. SPLCs extremist and hate group labels are not impartial designations that help citizens, media, and public leaders make better decisions about either local concerns or broader politics. At best, they are self-interested marketing. At worst, they are designed to execute partisan vendettas, to wield financial and political power against legitimate opponents in public discourse. Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly thatour aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them, SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok said at a 2007 conference. Of course the ideas and methods of the KKK and other violent and bigoted groups that appear on SPLCs listings are morally wrong and should be rejected. But since SPLC spends the vast majority of its funds on its own salaries and savings instead of tangible efforts to protect and serve victims of bigotry, it seems pretty clear that it uses the relatively few cranks and purveyors of reprehensible racism it can find in America to serve itself both financially and ideologically rather than the public good. Theyve never spent more than 31 percent of the money they were bringing in on programs, and sometimes they spent as little as 18 percent. Most nonprofits spend about 75 percent on programs, notedMontgomery Advertiser Managing Editor Jim Tharpe in a talk for Harvard Universitys Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Thats because SPLC is basically a very effective scam organization that uses images of white-bedsheeted people and, now, Donald Trump policies, to scare donors into sending them piles of money. Trump-mongering has been very good for business. The organizations latest IRS form, from 2017, shows that Gifts, grants, contributions, membership fees to SPLC almost tripled, from $50,297,653 in 2015 already a huge amount to $132,044,179 in 2016, of course the year Trump ran and won the presidency. Investigative reporters and actual anti-hate-crimes groups say SPLC is largely a shell organization that uses masterful marketing techniques to rake in big-time profits for its staff, especially founder Morris Dees. Over the years, numerous investigators have pointed out that most of the scary KKK and Nazi and militia groups that the SPLC insists are lurking under our beds are actually ghost entities, with no employees, no address, hardly any followers, and little or no footprint,Philanthropy noted.Its two largest expenses are propaganda operations: creating its annual lists of haters and extremists, and running a big effort that pushes tolerance education through more than 400,000 public-school teachers. And the single biggest effort undertaken by the SPLC? Fundraising. On the organizations 2015 IRS 990 form it declared $10 million of direct fundraising expenses, far more than it has ever spent on legal services. Last year, a Washington Free Beacon investigation showed SPLC keeps millions in offshore accounts, which charity experts labeled a huge red flag and completely unacceptable. While listing among largely isolated and rare racist groups several constructive, nonviolent organizations that lean conservative such as ADF and the Ruth Institute, a small pro-family organization headed by a genial PhD who has taught at Yale University, SPLCs hate list does not include violent leftist organizations such as Antifa. SPLC says this is because as a general matter, prejudice on the basis of factors such as race is more prevalent on the far right than it is on the far left. Thats not the case for anti-Semitism. Even if one assumes we should ignore political labels and focus on actions and ideology, asMegan McArdle notes, the center offersbizarrely shifting rationalesthat suggest that the staff started with the target they wanted to deem hateful, and worked backward to the analysis. That is likely why its designated haters are those the organization deems most likely to stir up contributions from its mostly liberal donors, not groups and people who genuinely deserve calling out according to objective criteria. The SPLC blacklist list contains practicing Muslims like Maajid Nawaz, ex-Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, foreign-policy think-tankers like Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes, and right-wing firebrands like David Horowitznone of whom could be reasonably described as anti-Muslim bigots, findsTablet magazine.[T]he Southern Poverty Law Center is now aggressively defending the kind of violent supremacists [Islamists] it had once sought to prosecute, and attacking types like Nawaz it had once defended against violence. SPLC is entitled to its own opinions, but it is not entitled to respect for them or a pretense that they are fair, neutral, unbiased, or free of self-serving motivations. SPLC act[s] like they have hegemony over how to conduct a civil rights debate in this country, which I find a strange posture coming from a group of white men, saysLoretta Ross, program director for the Center for Democratic Renewal, an Atlanta, Georgia-based white supremacy monitoring group. That is likely because SPLCs concern for civil rights appears to be a facade to facilitate donor and victim exploitation. In its expose, Harpers says former SPLC lawyer Gloria Browne, who resigned to protest its behavior, told reporters that the Centers programs were calculated to cash in on black pain and white guilt.’ They are not targeted to need or effective social solutions.Harpers continues: Horrifying as such incidents are, hate groups commit almost no violence. More than 95 percent of all hate crimes, including most of the incidents SPLC letters cite (bombings, church burnings, school shootings), are perpetrated by lone wolves. Even Timothy McVeigh, subject of one of the most extensive investigations in the FBIs history-and one of the most extensive direct-mail campaigns in the SPLCs-was never credibly linked to any militia organization. Of course, however, news of a declining Klan does not make for inclining donations to Morris Dees, so SPLC sensationalizes the incidents of racial and anti-LGBT violence in the United States, which data shows is still the most racially tolerant country in the world. While of course this doesnt mean any incidents of bigotry are alright, SPLCs profits depend on mischaracterizing and and exploiting them in ways that damage social cohesion and do not benefit actual victims. Even when it does spend a tiny percentage of its war chest on litigation, the SPLC would pursue essentially meaningless but headline-grabbing cases, exploiting its uncollectible verdicts through sensational fundraising appeals that generated massive donations, reports City Journal.One disgruntled former SPLC attorney complained that [Dees] was on the Klan kick because it was such an easy targeteasy to beat in court, easy to raise big money on. Because the SPLC depends on racism, violence, and division for its revenue and legitimacy, they have reason to want more of these terrible things, or at least the appearance of more. Their vested interest is not in solving and reducing these social blights, but in maximizing and perpetuating them. All the more reason polite society should starve their fire-stoking of the oxygen of attention. The SPLC is infamous for offering a pretext for violence. When eminent social scientist Charles Murray, whose work has done more to lift U.S. minorities out of poverty than perhaps any other single living person, visited Middlebury College for a talk, because SPLC has falsely smeared him as a white supremacist,students rioted. They attacked Murray and a Middlebury professor as security escorted them out, blocking and rocking their car and yanking the professors hair so hard it caused a neck injury that required her to wear a brace afterward. Murray remains on the hate list and SPLCs website includes no statement about the incident. In 2012, a young man guided by the SPLC hate map entered the Family Research Councils headquarters in Washington DC with a gun and shot the security guard, who managed to disarm the shooter. Police later determined the young man intended to kill people at the office because the SPLC had labeled FRC an extremist organization. While condemning the violence, SPLC continues to designate FRC a hate group and defend that designation. After it designated Muslim reformer Nawaz an extremist in 2016, the British Quilliam Foundation leader toldThe Atlantic: They put a target on my head. The kind of work that I do, if you tell the wrong kind of Muslims that Im an extremist, then that means Im an target. They dont have to deal with any of this. I dont have any protection. I dont have any state protection. These people are putting me on what I believe is a hit list.Given the FRC shooting four years earlier and the real dangers of opposing radical Islamism, thats not a specious claim. City Journalfurther reports that SPLC speaks highly of convicted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization Weather Underground fomented riots and bombed government offices and banks: The SPLCs education project, Teaching Tolerance, and its companion website, tolerance.org, market Ayerss books and describe him as a highly respected figure in the field of multicultural education. Failing to mention that Ayers dedicated the Weather Undergrounds 1974 revolutionary manifesto,Prairie Fire, to Robert F. Kennedys assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, the SPLC lauds Ayers for his rich vision of teaching that interweaves passion, responsibility and self-reflection. Whatever credibility SPLC earned fighting some anti-KKK cases in the 1970s is long gone. It has squandered its moral authority many times over. Its proclamations exploit people to serve its bottom line, and should receive no furtherance from media or organizations like Amazon. Treating SPLC as a good-faith arbiter of public discourse grants speech police power to an organization whose business model is to make money from poisoning public discourse. Those who care about free speech and justice will grant no such power to folks who, like SPLC, exploit these noble and necessary ideas for their own selfish, cynical, socially destructive ends.

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