Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Southern Poverty Law Center Faces Racism, Corruption, Sexual Harassment Claims

Posted by M. C. on March 29, 2019

War, racism and climate change. It’s about the Benjamins.

by Joel B. Pollak

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), long used to accusing other organizations of “hate” — sometimes falsely — now faces accusations of racism, corruption, and sexual harassment and the departure of several senior leaders.

The New York Times reported last week:

On March 14, a group of employees wrote to the [SPLC]’s leaders and warned that “allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism threaten the moral authority of this organization and our integrity along with it.”

After the center announced that it had fired Morris Dees, its charismatic co-founder, for misconduct, another group of employees sent a separate letter accusing the center’s leadership of being “complicit in decades of racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment and/or assault.”

Mr. Dees, 82, has denied any wrongdoing.

Bob Moser, a former SPLC staffer, wrote in the New Yorker last week: “The work could be meaningful and gratifying. But it was hard, for many of us, not to feel like we’d become pawns in what was, in many respects, a highly profitable scam.”…

Just last month, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman admitted that his company worked with the SPLC to identify, and to blacklist, conservatives. Google has also worked with the SPLC to flag content on its platforms, as has Facebook. Giant corporations like Apple, and Hollywood celebrities like George Clooney, have continued to pour donations into the SPLC’s coffers: the embattled organization reportedly enjoys a massive half-billion-dollar endowment….

Be seeing you

Egnorance: October 2012











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