The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in the Deep South over 40 years ago to combat racist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. But over time, as those fringe groups subsided, the SPLC has become an extremist organization itself.
The SPLC, like it’s counterpart the NAACP, has abandoned its original mission and charter and turned into a leftist agenda supporting politically driven organization. Let’s just call them NAACP-White.
Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet.com, gives a brief history of the once noble organization and the wrong turn it took 15 years after it was founded:
Founded in 1971, the Montgomery, Ala. legal advocacy organization sued the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups in the South on behalf of victims. Big settlements and harsh sanctions were levied against the racist organizations, successfully shuttering some and scaring off many others.
But by 1986, these groups had rapidly declined. The SPLC could have declared “mission accomplished.” But since funds were still coming in, they declared a new mission statement. No longer would they fight Grand Wizards and Jim Crow, but turned instead to an endlessly expanding target of “extremism.” The change in goals was so stark, the entire legal staff resigned.
Now, the group dabbles in tactics more reminiscent of the propaganda used by the groups they used to target. According to Gabriel, “The group’s website now hosts a Hatewatch vertical, a Hate Map, and offers a glossy magazine titled The Year in Hate and Extremism. The publication’s most recent cover features a yelling Donald Trump with a confederate flag in the background.”It’s pretty extreme to claim 60 million American voters are bigots because they voted for Trump. I’m no bigot.
But that’s not the worst of it, as Gabriel explains. Many victims of violent crimes have been targets of the SPLC. Most recently, political scientist Charles Murray and Allison Stranger, a political science professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, were set to give a lecture on campus. However, the event was mobbed by hundreds of students who considered Murray a “white nationalist.” In the melee, Stranger was injured and hospitalized by the angry students who wouldn’t let them through to their car to escape. The SPLC fed the idea that Murray was a racist to students.
In another incident, the Alliance Defending Freedom which fights for religious liberty, was sent a “suspicious powder” to its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Luckily, no one was injured, but just two weeks later, ADF was put on SPLC’s list of hate groups. Interesting, right?
Back in 2012, a crazed man, Floyd Lee Corkins II, brought a gun, a bunch of ammo, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches into the offices of the Family Research Council and opened fire, hitting a security guard. He planned on killing as many as he could and wanted to rub the chicken sandwiches in the faces of his dying victims. Corkins targeted the Christian organization because the SPLC listed them as anti-gay because of its belief in traditional marriage, much like Chick-fil-A’s stance.
That’s a far cry from where the so-called civil rights organization started. The SPLC is nothing more than hateful, liberal crusaders seeking whomever it may devour.