The Southern Poverty Law Center Is a Hate Group

The hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit group that purports to fight “hate and bigotry” and to seek “justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.” Though it makes the most of the goodwill and reputation earned in the 1960s, today they exist mainly to spread hatred, incite violence, and grow their fundraising base. George Orwell, call your office.

While founded as a civil rights organization in 1971 Alabama, the SPLC has morphed gradually into an institution that targets anyone who dares disturb regnant liberal orthodoxies. Their website features a “Hate Map” that is updated annually and which shows the location of various “hate groups” around the country. Interspersed with neo-Nazi organizations and the dying vestiges of the Ku Klux Klan are groups such as the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values and the nationally recognized think-tank, Family Research Council.

These latter two organizations teach a Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and argue for pro-life causes. Hate, apparently, is agreeing with President Obama’s public views on marriage up until mid-2012. It also means that, as a recent Gallup poll shows, a clear majority of Americans are horrible bigots who don’t deserve to air their views on abortion in the public square—let alone harbor such views in the first place.

Recently designated as a “hate” group by the SPLC is the Center for Immigration Studies, a DC-based think-tank run by immigration expert Mark Krikorian. CIS’s nefarious purpose according to its website is to “seek fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted.” But, as Krikorian recently pointed out in a Washington Post op-ed, CIS has been around since 1985. What, pray tell, has changed other than CIS having an individual more amenable to its views residing in the White House?

By blurring the lines of distinction between groups that have no place in civil society and groups who simply express different political views, the SPLC contributes to the rise of intolerance and the ever-growing divide between the ruling class and Americans who reside in flyover country.

That the SPLC’s pronouncements have caused violence should surprise no one. By labeling scholar Charles Murray a “white nationalist,” they helped give purpose to a “student” mob at Middlebury College, who shouted Murray down and assaulted professor Allison Stanger. Their “Hate Map” led a deranged man in 2012 to open fire in the lobby of the Family Research Council because the SPLC labeled the think-tank as “anti-gay.” Miraculously, only one security guard was injured in the ensuing melee. Future recipients of violence instigated by the SPLC may not be so lucky.

None of this seems to bother Morris Dees, the SPLC’s co-founder and chief trial attorney. Dees, a direct marketing guru who is married to his fifth wife, has made millions scaring liberals into thinking an American equivalent of the Third Reich is always just around the corner.

Carl M. Cannon of Real Clear Politics gives the lowdown on how Dees made out like a bandit:

“The business model is simple, albeit cynical, and best illustrated by its most famous case. In 1987, a Dees-led legal team won a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death suit on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, the mother of a 19-year-old kid murdered by members of the racist group. But the defendants’ total assets amounted to a building worth $52,000. That’s how much Mrs. Donald, who died the following year, received. But Dees reaped $9 million for the SPLC from fundraising solicitations about the case, including one showing a grisly photo of Michael Donald’s corpse.”

These strategies have allowed the SPLC to amass upwards of $300 million in its coffers. As the lyricist Ira Gershwin once wrote, nice work if you can get it.

Conservatives aren’t the only ones to notice Dees’ profligacy on his own behalf. Liberals such as Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein have launched withering critiques of Dees, with the former publishing a 2009 take down of Dees titled “King of the Hate Business.”

The SPLC is a hate group that traffics in liberalism’s worst tendencies: intolerance, closed-mindedness, an overly-legalistic mindset, and an urge to make other opinions unlawful. By increasing division and discord between citizens, they are only helping to rend our nation asunder.

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14 responses to “The Southern Poverty Law Center Is a Hate Group”

  1. The SPLC is just one of many hate groups that dot the progressive landscape. These organizations are coddled by the press and the media, nurtured by the Democratic Party, and funded by deep pocketed Democrats who are always in the hunt for like minded organizations willing to spread hate and fear.

  2. The SPLC always has been a hate group masquerading under the banner of “civil rights.” As Cannon pointed out, they mostly raise funds. It’s actually an arm of the Democratic Party. Incidentally, Dees was accused of sexual abuse of his daughters by one of his ex-wives. He’s scum.

  3. The main stream media decides on a narrative that it wants to push, then looks for a source to support that narrative. It’s the only reason I can fathom why the media continues to cite the corrupt SPLC as a source in news reports.

    Here are some quotes from people who probably know the SPLC better than you or I do.

    Carol M. Swain, African-American professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University:

    “There is a name for what has happened [to the Southern Poverty Law Center]. It is called ‘mission creep.’ Mission creep occurs when an organization strays beyond its original purpose and engages in actions antithetical to its goals. Rather than monitoring hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center has become one.”

    Millard Farmer, noted anti-poverty lawyer and opponent of capital punishment, and former associate of SPLC’s co-founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees:

    “He [Morris Dees of the SPLC] is the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement, though I don’t mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye.”

    Stephen B. Bright, liberal attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights, progressive civil rights activist, Yale law school professor:

    “Morris Dees is a con man and fraud…”

  4. Yes, SPLC is a hate group that tries to define others as hate groups. It is the ultimate in hypocrisy and preys on the intellectually weak.

    • When you argue from hatred and lies, that is how you earn title ‘hate group.’

      And yes, your positions ARE intellectually weak.

  5. I never knew much about the SPLC until the past 2 days when I posted some comments on their website in response to a story about Jeff Sessions speaking at the FRC. The responses I got were ignorant and uneducated, but even worse they were all hard left with no room for free thought or any dissension whatsoever. It was pathetic. Posters suggested Sessions was a terrorist (yes terrorist) for speaking to the group. Talk about know nothings with closed minds. The dishonesty and ignorance were really stunning to me.

    • Mike, our responses were educated.

      Yours were unflexibly false and doctrinaire. And the best you could do was fault someone for misspelling a word.

      All you have is argument from ignorance. And that is why everyone stood up to your nonsense.

      • I am sure you are right. I am just not wise enough to refute arguments like this- “Actually, you have no idea what the Framers ‘intended,’ as you weren’t there.”

        Unlike the posters on SPLC I use logic and (heaven forbid) proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and English when I make statements. I don’t make false or ignorant statements.

        I’d invite you to cite examples of any false or ignorant arguments I have made (similar to this whopper you wrote above) but we know you can’t. The best you can do is claim I am a hypocrite because I didn’t point out other foolish statements. I am sorry but my time is limited….and it’s clear you are just too smart for me.

      • Every statement you have made is both false and ignorant. And conveniently, you deleted all of your comments, so there is no way for me to refute what you previously wrote.


      • Sadly the SPLC has deleted all my comments from their cite. While I attacked no one and only pointed out ignorance, falsehoods, and foolishness, apparently this was too much for the posters on the SPLC and I have been banned from their “HATEWATCH” which I find hilarious and incredibly sad.

        By the way- you make great arguments.

        “Every statement you have made is both false and ignorant.” Examples= ZERO. Again, you are just too smart for me.

      • Hey DIMWITTED (((Aron))) i bet you do not even know what the argument from ignorance fallacy is. lol It is sad since lefties are well known to commit such fallacies

      • This thread is nearly a year old.

        Do you really have nothing better to do than mke a fool of yourself, Marco?

        Mike claimed he knew what the country’s founders believed because ‘reasons.’ I said it is impossible to know what they knew beyond their specific writings.

        He had no evidence, and claimed that I was wrong because I could not ‘disprove’ him.

        That is an argument from ignorance.

        And now like all trolls, you get your just desserts. See ya!

    • Oh, and there is plenty of room for ‘freedom thought and dissent.’ Just be prepared to be called a liar when all you have is lies.

      To say nothing of your hypocrisy for not pointing out the obvious falsehoods of your fellow travelers.

      And with that, I look forward to never conversing with you again, you sniveling whiner. I just needed to drop the microphone one last time.

      • Please cite a single “lie” I posted. We know you cannot. Unlike you and others who have posted on the SPLC cite, before I post comments I think and state facts or make assertions that I know are supportable by evidence.

        I would never say things like “Someone is a terrorist for giving a speech” or “Actually, you have no idea what the Framers ‘intended,’ as you weren’t there.”

        These are ignorant arguments unsupportable by facts and evidence.

        But again, I am sure you are far too smart for me.