Southern Poverty Law Center – Fighting Hate?

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Southern Poverty Law Center –  Are they thinking? Currently… no!

At one time, the Southern Poverty Law Center did a lot of good for the country…
Recently I emailed them and asked this question…

“Where is ANTIFA and BLM on your hate map or in your extremist groups ? Or suppressing the freedom of speech and calling for the killing cops doesn’t count as a hate group?
Just curious… on why aren’t they aren’t included… since 2010 they have caused the majority of the violence in the US.”

Their reply was:

“The idea that BLM and antifa caused MOST domestic violence is just ignoring the facts provide by law enforcement.

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2016/07/19/black-lives-matter-not-hate-group

Christine Harrision
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104″

My reply was:

“First off it is “provided” not provide…

Ignoring the facts? Let’s get started and see who is ignoring the facts…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_incidents_of_civil_unrest_in_the_United_States

BLM and violent actions…
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=BLM+violence

Their thoughts and beliefs….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fPGPTl0ipo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaybrpQ2vxk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_64iSGl7KQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK39cUNaucE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfGxqHOtIpo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZYB8fbKyeI

I could go on and on… My question is… (Again) so it isn’t a hate group when they call for police officers to be killed, to suppress free speech by violence and to destroy other people’s property, but it is a hate group when they call for blacks and Jews to be killed? ANTIFA and violent actions…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifa_(United_States)
Read it… do I need to say more?

And there are tons of ANTIFA YouTube videos also if you don’t “see” the problem.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ANTIFA+violence

In America, (you know, the country we live in… and since you are supposedly “lawyers”…) We have the right to say anything we want, provided it is factually correct against anyone or anything (That is called “libel” in case it has been too long since you were at Law school.). Where it crosses the line is… when they call for suppressing other’s rights to free speech, killing and hurting people, destroying other’s property.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/first_amendment
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2331

And apparently you are saying that SPLC condones BLM and ANTIFA actions and beliefs. And I didn’t ignore the facts provided by Law Enforcement… I, unlike the SPLC… looked at all the facts from both sides.

You say “The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice…..”

Justice is supposed to be blind… not have blinders on… to only look one way.

So who do you think is ignoring the facts?

What… they don’t have news and the internet in the Cayman Islands? (I think you know what I’m talking about. BTW)

What has changed over there?

Maybe you are no better than everyone you have listed on your site…

Or you believe… do as I say… not as I do…”

So now I’m waiting on their answer… wonder what it will be?

Meanwhile… You can make your own decision… With SPLC’s “the good and the bad”.

The Good

Quoted from Wikipedia

Notable cases

The Southern Poverty Law Center has initiated a number of civil cases seeking injunctive relief and monetary awards on behalf of its clients. The SPLC has said it does not accept any portion of monetary judgements.[28][29] Dees and the SPLC “have been credited with devising innovative legal ways to cripple hate groups, including seizing their assets.”[30] However, this has led to criticism from some civil libertarians, who contend that the SPLC’s tactics chill free speech and set legal precedents that could be applied against activist groups which are not hate groups.[17] The SPLC has also filed suits related to the conditions of incarceration for adults and juveniles.

Alabama legislature

An early SPLC case was Sims v. Amos (consolidated with Nixon v. Brewer) in which a Federal District Court in Alabama ordered the state legislature to reapportion its election system. The result of the decision, which was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, was that 15 black legislators were elected in 1974.[31]

Vietnamese fishermen

In 1981, the SPLC took Ku Klux Klan leader Louis Beam‘s Klan-associated militia, the Texas Emergency Reserve (TER),[32] to court to stop racial harassment and intimidation of Vietnamese shrimpers in and around Galveston Bay.[33] The Klan’s actions against approximately 100 Vietnamese shrimpers in the area included a cross burning,[34] sniper fire aimed at them, and arsonists burning their boats.[35]

In May 1981, U.S. District Court judge Gabrielle McDonald[36] issued a preliminary injunction against the Klan, requiring them to cease intimidating, threatening, or harassing the Vietnamese.[37] McDonald eventually found the TER and Beam liable for tortious interference, violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and of various civil rights statutes and thus permanently enjoined them against violence, threatening behavior, and other harassment of the Vietnamese shrimpers.[36] The SPLC also uncovered an obscure Texas law “that forbade private armies in that state.”[38] McDonald found that Beam’s organization violated it and hence ordered the TER to close its military training camp.[38]

White Patriot Party

In 1982, armed members of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan terrorized Bobby Person, a black prison guard, and members of his family. They harassed and threatened others, including a white woman who had befriended blacks. In 1984, Person became the lead plaintiff in Person v. Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a lawsuit brought by the SPLC in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The harassment and threats continued during litigation and the court issued an order prohibiting any person from interfering with others inside the courthouse.[39] In January 1985, the court issued a consent order that prohibited the group’s “Grand Dragon”, Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., and his followers from operating a paramilitary organization, holding parades in black neighborhoods, and from harassing, threatening or harming any black person or white persons who associated with black persons. Subsequently, the court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim for damages.[39]

Within a year, the court found Miller and his followers, now calling themselves the White Patriot Party, in criminal contempt for violating the consent order. Miller was sentenced to six months in prison followed by a three-year probationary period, during which he was banned from associating with members of any racist group such as the White Patriot Party. Miller refused to obey the terms of his probation. He made underground “declarations of war” against Jews and the federal government before being arrested again. Found guilty of weapons violations, he went to federal prison for three years.[40][41]

United Klans of America

In 1987, SPLC won a case against the United Klans of America for the lynching of Michael Donald, a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama.[42] The SPLC used an unprecedented legal strategy of holding an organization responsible for the crimes of individual members to help produce a $7 million judgement for the victim’s mother.[42] The verdict forced United Klans of America into bankruptcy. Its national headquarters was sold for approximately $52,000 to help satisfy the judgement.[43] In 1987, five members of a Klan offshoot, the White Patriot Party, were indicted for stealing military weaponry and plotting to kill Dees.[44] The SPLC has since successfully used this precedent to force numerous Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups into bankruptcy.[45]

The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery

White Aryan Resistance

On November 13, 1988, in Portland, Oregon, three white supremacist members of East Side White Pride and White Aryan Resistance (WAR) fatally assaulted Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian man who came to the United States to attend college.[46] In October 1990, the SPLC won a civil case on behalf of Seraw’s family against WAR’s operator Tom Metzger and his son, John, for a total of $12.5 million.[47][48] The Metzgers declared bankruptcy, and WAR went out of business. The cost of work for the trial was absorbed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as well as the SPLC.[49] As of August 2007, Metzger still makes payments to Seraw’s family.[50][needs update]

Church of the Creator

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In May 1991, Harold Mansfield, a black U.S. Navy war veteran, was murdered by George Loeb, a member of the neo-Nazi “Church of the Creator” (now called the Creativity Movement).[51] SPLC represented the victim’s family in a civil case and won a judgement of $1 million from the church in March 1994.[52] The church transferred ownership to William Pierce, head of the National Alliance, to avoid paying money to Mansfield’s heirs. The SPLC filed suit against Pierce for his role in the fraudulent scheme and won an $85,000 judgement against him in 1995.[53] The amount was upheld on appeal and the money was collected prior to Pierce’s death in 2002.[53]

Christian Knights of the KKK

The SPLC won a $37.8 million verdict on behalf of Macedonia Baptist Church, a 100-year-old black church in Manning, South Carolina, against two Ku Klux Klan chapters and five Klansmen (Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and Invisible Empire, Inc.) in July 1998.[54] The money was awarded stemming from arson convictions; these Klan units burned down the historic black church in 1995.[55] Morris Dees told the press, “If we put the Christian Knights out of business, what’s that worth? We don’t look at what we can collect. It’s what the jury thinks this egregious conduct is worth that matters, along with the message it sends.” According to The Washington Post the amount is the “largest-ever civil award for damages in a hate crime case.”[56]

Aryan Nations

In September 2000, the SPLC won a $6.3 million judgement against the Aryan Nations (AN) from an Idaho jury who awarded punitive and compensatory damages to a woman and her son who were attacked by Aryan Nations guards.[6] The lawsuit stemmed from the July 1998 attack when security guards at the Aryan Nations compound near Hayden Lake in northern Idaho, shot at Victoria Keenan and her son.[57] Bullets struck their car several times, causing the car to crash. An Aryan Nations member held the Keenans at gunpoint.[57] As a result of the judgement, Richard Butler turned over the 20-acre (81,000 m2) compound to the Keenans, who sold the property to a philanthropist. He donated the land to North Idaho College, which designated the area as a “peace park”.[58] Because of the lawsuit, members of the AN drew up a plan to kill Dees, which was disrupted by the FBI.[citation needed]

Ten Commandments monument

See also: Roy Moore § Ten Commandments monument controversy

In 2002, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit (Glassroth v. Moore) against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for placing a display of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. Moore, who had final authority over what decorations were to be placed in the Alabama State Judicial Building’s Rotunda, had installed a 5,280 pound (2400 kg) granite block, three feet wide by three feet deep by four feet tall, of the Ten Commandments late at night without the knowledge of any other court justice. After defying several court rulings, Moore was eventually removed from the court and the Supreme Court justices had the monument removed from the building.[59]

Ranch Rescue

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On March 18, 2003, two illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Edwin Alfredo Mancía Gonzáles and Fátima del Socorro Leiva Medina, were trespassing through a Texas ranch owned by Joseph Sutton. They were accosted by vigilantes known as Ranch Rescue, who were recruited by Sutton to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border region nearby.[40] Mancía, Leiva, and the SPLC alleged that members of Ranch Rescue held the two migrants at gunpoint, threatened them with death, and otherwise terrorized them; they also alleged that Mancía was struck on the back of the head with a handgun and that a Rottweiler dog was allowed to attack him.[40][60] Mancía and Leiva also stated that the vigilantes gave them water, cookies and a blanket before letting them go after about an hour.[60]

Later that year, SPLC, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and local attorneys filed a civil suit, Leiva v. Ranch Rescue, in Jim Hogg County, Texas, against Ranch Rescue and several of its associates, seeking damages for assault and illegal detention. In April 2005, SPLC obtained judgements totaling $1 million against Ranch Rescue member Casey James Nethercott and Ranch Rescue’s leader, Torre John Foote. Those awards came six months after a $350,000 judgement in the same case and coincided with a $100,000 out-of-court settlement with Sutton. Nethercott’s 70-acre (280,000 m2) Arizona property, which was Ranch Rescue’s headquarters, was seized to pay the judgement. Nethercott was also charged by Texas prosecutors of pistol-whipping Mancía (which Nethercott denied). A jury deadlocked on the pistol-whipping charge but convicted Nethercott of being a felon in possession of a firearm (as he had a prior assault conviction in California).[60] SPLC staff worked with Texas prosecutors to obtain Nethercott’s conviction.[40][61]

Billy Ray Johnson

The SPLC brought a civil suit on behalf of Billy Ray Johnson, a black, mentally disabled man, who was severely beaten by four white males in Texas and left bleeding in a ditch, suffering permanent injuries. In 2007, Johnson was awarded $9 million in damages by a Linden, Texas jury.[62][63] At a criminal trial, the four men were convicted of assault and received sentences of 30 to 60 days in county jail.[64][65]

Imperial Klans of America

In November 2008, the SPLC’s case against the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), the nation’s second-largest Klan organization, went to trial in Meade County, Kentucky.[66] The SPLC had filed suit for damages in July 2007 on behalf of Jordan Gruver and his mother against the IKA in Kentucky. In July 2006, five Klan members went to the Meade County Fairgrounds in Brandenburg, Kentucky, “to hand out business cards and flyers advertising a ‘white-only’ IKA function”. Two members of the Klan started calling Gruver, a 16-year-old boy of Panamanian descent, a “spic“.[67] Subsequently, the boy, (5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) and weighing 150 pounds (68 kg)) was beaten and kicked by the Klansmen (one of whom was 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and 300 pounds (140 kg)). As a result, the victim received “two cracked ribs, a broken left forearm, multiple cuts and bruises and jaw injuries requiring extensive dental repair.”[67]

In a related criminal case in February 2007, Jarred Hensley and Andrew Watkins were sentenced to three years in prison for beating Gruver.[66] On November 14, 2008, an all-white jury of seven men and seven women awarded $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff against Ron Edwards, Imperial Wizard of the group, and Jarred Hensley, who participated in the attack.[68]

Mississippi correctional institutions

Further information: Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility and East Mississippi Correctional Facility

Together with the ACLU National Prison Project, the SPLC filed a class-action suit in November 2010 against the owner/operators of the private Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Leake County, Mississippi, and the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDC). They charged that conditions, including under-staffing and neglect of medical care, produced numerous and repeated abuses of youthful prisoners, high rates of violence and injury, and that one prisoner suffered brain damage because of inmate-on-inmate attacks.[69] A federal civil rights investigation was undertaken by the United States Department of Justice. In settling the suit, Mississippi ended its contract with GEO Group in 2012. Additionally, under the court decree, the MDC moved the youthful offenders to state-run units. In 2012, Mississippi opened a new youthful offender unit at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.[70] The state also agreed to not subject youthful offenders to solitary confinement and a court monitor conducted regular reviews of conditions at the facility.[71]

Also with the ACLU Prison Project, the SPLC filed a class-action suit in May 2013 against Management and Training Corporation (MTC), the for-profit operator of the private East Mississippi Correctional Facility, and the MDC.[72] Management and Training Corporation had been awarded a contract for this and two other facilities in Mississippi in 2012 following the removal of GEO Group. The suit charged failure of MTC to make needed improvements, and to maintain proper conditions and treatment for this special needs population of prisoners.[73] In 2015 the court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification.[74][needs update]

Polk County Florida Sheriff

In 2012, the SPLC initiated a class action federal lawsuit against the Polk County, Florida sheriff, Grady Judd, alleging that seven juveniles confined by the sheriff were suffering in improper conditions.[75] U.S. District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday found in favor of Judd, who said the SPLC’s allegations “were not supported by the facts or court precedence [sic].”[76] The judge wrote that “the conditions of juvenile detention at (Central County Jail) are not consistent with (Southern Poverty’s) dark, grim, and condemning portrayal.”[77] While the county sheriff’s department did not recover an estimated $1 million in attorney’s fees defending the case, Judge Merryday did award $103,000 in court costs to Polk County.[78]

Andrew Anglin and The Daily Stormer

In April 2017, the SPLC filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Tanya Gersh, accusing Andrew Anglin, publisher of the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer, of instigating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against Gersh, a Whitefish, Montana, real estate agent.[79][80]

The Bad

Quoted from Wikipedia

Controversies over hate group and extremist listings

The SPLC’s identification and listings of hate groups and extremists has been the subject of controversy. Critics of the SPLC say that it chooses its causes with funding and donations in mind,[95] and argue that people and groups designated as ‘hate groups’ are often targeted by protests that prevent them from speaking. The SPLC sometimes responds by reviewing its actions and removing people or organizations from hate listings, such as that of Ben Carson; however, it has stood behind the vast majority of its listings.[15][97][98]

  • Analyst of political fringe movements Laird Wilcox has said the SPLC had taken an incautious approach to assigning the labels “hate group” and “extremist”.[99] Mark Potok of Southern Poverty Law Center said Wilcox “had an ax to grind for a great many years” and engaged in name calling against others doing anti-racist work.[100]
  • In 2009, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) argued that allies of America’s Voice and Media Matters had used the SPLC designation of FAIR as a hate group to “engage in unsubstantiated, invidious name-calling, smearing millions of people in this movement.”[101] FAIR and its leadership have been criticized by the SPLC as being sympathetic to, or overtly supportive of, white supremacist and identitarian ideologies, as the group’s founder has stated his goal as ensuring that the United States remains a majority-white country.[102]
  • In 2010, a group of Republican politicians and conservative organizations criticized the SPLC in full-page advertisements in two Washington, D. C., newspapers for what they described as “character assassination” because the SPLC had listed the Family Research Council (FRC) as a hate group due to its “defaming of gays and lesbians”.[16][103]
  • In August 2012, a gunman entered the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council with the intent to kill its staff members and stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their mouths. Corkins stated that he chose FRC as a target because it was listed as an anti-gay group on the SPLC’s website. A security guard was wounded but successfully stopped Corkins from shooting anyone. In the wake of the shooting, the SPLC was again criticized for listing FRC as an anti-gay hate group, including by liberal columnist Dana Milbank.[104] while others defended the categorization. The SPLC defended its listing of anti-gay hate groups, stating that the groups were selected not because of their religious views, but on their “propagation of known falsehoods about LGBT people… that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities…”[105]
  • In October 2014, the SPLC added Ben Carson to its extremist watch list, citing his association with groups it considers extreme, and his “linking of gays with pedophiles”.[106] Following criticism, the SPLC concluded its profile of Carson did not meet its standards, removed his listing, and apologized to him in February 2015.[107]
  • In October 2016, the SPLC published a list of “anti-Muslim extremists”, including British activist Maajid Nawaz and ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The SPLC said that Nawaz appeared to be “more interested in self-promotion and money than in any particular ideological dispute”, identified what it said were gaps and inconsistencies in his backstory, rebuking his assertion that British universities had been infiltrated by radical Islamists.[108] Nawaz, who identifies as a “liberal, reform Muslim”, denounced the listing as a “smear”, saying that the SPLC listing had made him a target of jihadists.[109][110] Mark Potok of the SPLC responded, “Our point is not to make these people targets for violence… The point is to tamp down the really baseless targeting.”[111] The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice subsequently addressed a public letter to the SPLC (November 8, 2016) requesting a retraction of the listings.[112]
  • In August 2017, a defamation lawsuit was filed against the SPLC by the D. James Kennedy Ministries for describing it as an “active hate group” because of their views on LGBT rights.[113][114][115] The SPLC lists D. James Kennedy Ministries and its predecessor, Truth in Action, as anti-LGBT hate groups because of what the SPLC describes as the group’s history of spreading homophobic propaganda, including D. James Kennedy’s statement that “homosexuals prey on adolescent boys”, and false claims about the transmission of AIDS.[116]

Finances

The SPLC’s activities, including litigation, are supported by fundraising efforts, and it does not accept any fees or share in legal judgements awarded to clients it represents in court. Starting in 1974, the SPLC set aside money for its endowment stating that it was “convinced that the day [would] come when non-profit groups [would] no longer be able to rely on support through mail because of posting and printing costs”.[117] For 2016, its endowment was approximately $319 million per its annual report and SPLC spent 68% of its revenue on programs.[1]

In 1994 the Montgomery Advertiser published an eight-part critical report on the SPLC, saying that it exaggerated the threat posed by the Klan and similar groups in order to raise money, discriminated against black employees, and used misleading fundraising tactics. The SPLC dismissed the series as a “hatchet job”. SPLC’s co-founder Joe Levin stated: “The Advertiser’s lack of interest in the center’s programs and its obsessive interest in the center’s financial affairs and Mr. Dees’ personal life makes it obvious to me that the Advertiser simply wants to smear the center and Mr. Dees.”[citation needed][118] The series was nominated for a 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism. Despite an SPLC campaign against the nomination the series was one of three finalists.[119]

Starting in the 1990s, Ken Silverstein writing in Harper’s Magazine and others were critical of the SPLC’s fundraising appeals and finances, alleging that the group has used hyperbole and overstated the prevalence of hate groups to raise large amounts of money.[120]

Based on 2015 figures, Charity Navigator rated the SPLC three out of four stars – 80.44 on financial health matters, 97.00 on accountability and transparency, and 86.00 (out of 100) overall; and GuideStar gives the SPLC a Gold-level rating.[121]

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