The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a hate group that purports to stand up against hate groups. When one thinks of a “hate group” they typically think about Klansmen on horseback riding with
While the watchdog organization claimed back in February that hate groups rose 30 percent since Trump took office, who the SPLC calls a hate group’ has reached incredibly far-reaching levels.
The SPLC claims a ‘hate group’ is “an organization based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities — has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people typically for their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Groups fitting the definition of a ‘hate group’ according to the SPLC include more than 953 active groups, in categories that include the Ku Klux Klan (72 groups), Neo-Nazis (121 groups), White Nationalists (100 groups), Racist skinheads (71 groups), Christianity Identity (20 groups), Neo-Confederate groups (31 groups), Black Nationalists (233 groups) and Holocaust Deniers (10 groups). They also categorize groups that oppose the LGBT, Islam, and promote ‘male supremacy’ as hate groups.
SPLC, which has an annual budget of $72 million and more than 330 employees, have also flagged physician, medal of freedom recipient and Secretary of Housing and Human Services as a ‘progenitor of hate.’ They have also listed the pro-Christian Family Research Council as a hate group because of their stance on the LGBT. The 2012 gunman who entered the Family Research Council with the intent to kill them and “stuff [a] Chick-fil-A sandwhich in their mouths” did so because he saw them listed as a hate grup on the SPLC website. The SPLC also listed popular Christian preacher, James Dobson, as running an “active hate group” because of his stance on the LGBT lobby.
Now, the tables have turned on the SPLC and employees are speaking out about their own culture of racism.
Recently, two dozen employees signed a letter claiming mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism regarding Morris Dees, the co-founder of SPLC. He has since resigned.
However, according to CNN, the news outlet spoke with three current employees who claimed systemic problems with racism and sexism. In fact, one employee claimed that “qualified African American employees are routinely and regularly passed over for promotions” and that her boss “only hires white people.”
Perhaps the greatest hate group of all is the Southern Poverty Law Center.