Neither Really Southern Nor Terribly Impoverished

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On occasion, it does a soul good to gaze upon the skulls of one’s conquered enemies and smirk. That comes, of course, after you have made a rather clever pyramid out of them for the kids to use as an ill-constructed jungle gym.

And so it is with the amusing news in recent days that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is, as many of us have known for more than 30 years, a vast con instituted to take advantage of “gullible northern liberals.” This revelation is not just highly pleasing, it’s also a rare example of race hustlers getting their just deserts in today’s PC culture. Even CNN has taken up the cudgel against them. No doubt of out of sheer mortification.

If you’ve missed the fun, the group has since 1971 been at the forefront of leftist racism and radical chic. It lost no opportunity to give a forum to Chicken Little hysterics and it specialized in naming anyone to the right of Angela Davis as a Ku Kluxer. Granted, as a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut, there were times the SPLC went after actual racists.

To the surprise of no sentient person, however, behind the scenes an employee described the SPLC as perpetuating a “pervasive racist culture” and added for good measure “my boss only hires white people.” Yes, you may have another puff of your cigar and another sip of Pappy. This is that satisfying.

The employee goes on to relate that blacks were generally hired for menial positions while whites had the vast majority of top administrative and supervisory jobs. Another employee says the entire group was merely a fundraising mechanism that targeted the wealthy Northern Left in order for SPLC honchos live high on the hog.

The disgruntled poverty pimps also claimed sexism was rampant. Yet the resignation of legal director Meredith Horton started the poetic justice ball rolling. A black female herself, Horton took shots at SPLC leadership on her way out the door. No doubt, that was well appreciated by the remnants. When this became public, co-founder and hustler-in-chief Morris Dees was sacked. This was soon followed by SPLC President Richard Cohen’s resignation.

The person the survivors brought in to clean up the mess? Wait for it . . . Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, and a key behind-the-scenes figure person in the Jussie Smollett affair, Tina Tchen. That’s like bringing in Mussolini to run the prosecution at Nuremberg.

Will this have any long-term repercussions in the larger race-hustling community?

Likely not.

They’ll chalk this up to the price of doing business, say a couple of platitudes over the rotting corpse of the SPLC, and skip off on their merry way to find new pigeons to plunder. They will do this with the tumultuous applause and slobbering sanctimony of the Left and their Democratic Party handmaidens ringing in their ears.

For why should other groups pause at all when the SPLC and they have heretofore done their jobs so well?

As the Smollett case showcases, there are many kinds of treatments by the law when one steps in it. Yes, there is credibility to the case that the rich and poor receive different outcomes. Well, the rich can afford better attorneys because they have more money. The rich can also afford better cars for the same reason. Not exactly a logical epiphany.

A related rule applies if you’re a black celebrity in an environment run by a political machine commanded by other blacks, or those who are beholden to liberal black votes. Then guess what? You will get kid glove treatment, lest someone raise a clamor over alleged racism and someone else (perhaps a D.A.?) get a less than subtle call from the former chief of staff of the former first lady. It helps if the first lady just happens to be from the state and city in question. Throw in gay status and you are handed a get-out-of-jail-free card quicker than a conservative speaker is shut down on a college campus.

That is how deeply Morris Dees and the SPLC have corrupted our legal system and the definition of poverty. This while innocent poor black children were shot down by thugs in places like Chicago their leadership were too busy munching on canapés with the next potential moneybags from Boston to comment; there was no money to be raised in addressing that.

Targeting Yankees, living well, and making a mockery of the law. The Southern Poverty Law Center has not only sold out its defining mission but it has also done so in grand material circumstances slimed over with all the cynically earnest cheerleading and oodles of donor money the modern Left can muster.

Who says poverty doesn’t pay?

Photo Credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications

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About David Kamioner

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army intelligence, serving with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked as a political consultant for over 15 years and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia for over four years. He is a public relations consultant in Washington, D.C. and lives in Annapolis, MD.