Southern Poverty Law Center Fires Co-Founder Morris Dees Amidst Allegations Of Racism And Sexism

Written by Wes Walker on March 22, 2019

They’ve spent all this time searching for hateful racists. They’ve finally found themselves a real one.

It’s like one of those murder mysteries where the detective discovers all the clues lead back to him.

Any success they’ve had in the past are ancient history. More recently the organization has lost the plot.

Although the SPLC is allegedly an advocacy group focused on the equal treatment of minorities, it has transformed itself into a fundraising goon squad primarily interested in crushing anyone who isn’t Left of Lenin.

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If they weren’t so openly hostile to Christianity, they might have heard and heeded that warning about the speck in your neighbor’s eye.

They have quietly fired their own co-founder, and scrubbed his name from their website.

There were plenty of red flags that maybe their ‘white knight’ isn’t really a good guy, too: Hey Feminists: Can We Talk About What Your Beloved SPLC Founder Did With His Stepdaughter?

Morris Dees, the group’s co-founder, was abruptly fired last week for failing to meet “the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world,” according to a statement from SPLC President Richard Cohen to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

…“The story actually is really, really bad,” said O’Neil. “You had 13 black former employees of the SPLC interviewed. Twelve of them said they witnessed racist incidents in their time there and three of them called the organization a plantation for its black workers.”
Source: DailyCaller

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Tucker Carlson and PJ Media editor, Tyler O’Neil discuss the racism within the SPLC:

Simultaneous with the cashiering of Dees after nearly 50 years at the SPLC, roughly two dozen ­employees wrote a letter warning that “allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism threaten the moral authority of this organization and our integrity along with it.”

The missive is touching in its ­assumption that the SPLC still has moral authority or integrity. The scandal is, nonetheless, a remarkable comeuppance for an organization that has weaponized political correctness for its own money-grubbing.

Over the decades, the SPLC basically made the American philosopher Eric Hoffer’s famous line about organizational degeneracy its strategic plan: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Originally founded as a civil rights group in 1971 and gaining fame for its campaign to bankrupt the Ku Klux Klan, the SPLC shifted to a catch-all “anti-hate” group that widened its definition of bigotry to encompass more and more people as the Klan faded as a threat.

…There’s a lot of talk of the need for more civility in our public life. Any journalist who believes this should shun the SPLC. Its business model is based on an elaborate form of name-calling. It lumps ­together people who have legitimate, good-faith opinions the SPLC finds uncongenial with hideous racists, using revulsion with the latter to discredit the former. This is a poisonous form of public argument.

Not to mention that many of the groups the SPLC smears have never had their employees complain about a hostile workplace culture. If the SPLC is going to engage in a period of self-reflection, it should think about what it’s become — and recoil in shame.
Source: NYP

This is the same group everyone was throwing money at hand-over-fist after the incident in Charlottesville. It is also one of the ‘fact-checkers’ the Big Tech comapnies have relied on to separate reliable sources from unreliable ones. (e.g.: here & here) (Which explains a lot.)

The New Yorker published a longer piece, painting a very different picture of that ‘crusading group’ than the one you’ll get on cable news. It’s well worth the read. Here’s a small sampling of him describing a bigger problem:

But nothing was more uncomfortable than the racial dynamic that quickly became apparent: a fair number of what was then about a hundred employees were African-American, but almost all of them were administrative and support staff—“the help,” one of my black colleagues said pointedly. The “professional staff”—the lawyers, researchers, educators, public-relations officers, and fund-raisers—were almost exclusively white. Just two staffers, including me, were openly gay.

During my first few weeks, a friendly new co-worker couldn’t help laughing at my bewilderment. “Well, honey, welcome to the Poverty Palace,” she said. “I can guaran-damn-tee that you will never step foot in a more contradictory place as long as you live.”

“Everything feels so out of whack,” I said. “Where are the lawyers? Where’s the diversity? What in God’s name is going on here?”

“And you call yourself a journalist!” she said, laughing again. “Clearly you didn’t do your research.”

In the decade or so before I’d arrived, the center’s reputation as a beacon of justice had taken some hits from reporters who’d peered behind the façade. In 1995, the Montgomery Advertiser had been a Pulitzer finalist for a series that documented, among other things, staffers’ allegations of racial discrimination within the organization. In Harper’s, Ken Silverstein had revealed that the center had accumulated an endowment topping a hundred and twenty million dollars while paying lavish salaries to its highest-ranking staffers and spending far less than most nonprofit groups on the work that it claimed to do. The great Southern journalist John Egerton, writing for The Progressive, had painted a damning portrait of Dees, the center’s longtime mastermind, as a “super-salesman and master fundraiser” who viewed civil-rights work mainly as a marketing tool for bilking gullible Northern liberals. “We just run our business like a business,” Dees told Egerton. “Whether you’re selling cakes or causes, it’s all the same.”

The staffers wrote that Dees’s firing was welcome but insufficient: their larger concern, they emphasized, was a widespread pattern of racial and gender discrimination by the center’s current leadership, stretching back many years. [Emphasis added]
Source: Bob Moser, New Yorker

Big Tech and even the FBI had been following the leads of SPLC and their ‘hate group’ declarations.

Maybe the real lesson here is that we shouldn’t be so quick to give activist groups that kind of power.

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