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SPLC Implosion: World's Biggest Hate Industry fires 25% of staff

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SPLC Implosion: World's Biggest Hate Industry fires 25% of staff

Tyler ONeil at DailySignal reports: The far-left smear factory the Southern Poverty Law Center reportedly terminated a quarter of its staff Wednesday, weakening and perhaps eliminating two of its departments amid a restructure that heavily hit its union members.

The SPLC “gutted its staff by a quarter,” the organization’s union posted on X. (Yes, this nonprofit organization has its own labor union. If staff get tired of protesting Alliance Defending Freedom, they can protest management, instead.) The SPLC told more than 60 union members, including five union stewards and the union’s chair, that they would be losing their jobs.

“We are devastated for our union and our colleagues,” the union posted.

What Is the SPLC?

As I wrote in my book “Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the SPLC began by providing free legal services to poor people in the South. In the 1980s, it shifted its focus to suing Ku Klux Klan groups into bankruptcy. By the 1980s, the Klan—evil though it still was—had become a paper tiger, and lawyers complained that suing Klan groups was like “shooting fish in a barrel.” Yet the lawyers said the SPLC kept doing it because it raked in donations.

Eventually, the SPLC ran out of grand dragons to conquer, so it repurposed the journal it used to monitor the Klan—appropriately named Klanwatch—and started reporting on ever more mainstream organizations. By the 2010s, it started putting mainstream conservative and Christian organizations on a list of “hate groups” that eventually morphed into including a “hate map.” The list and the map have always included Klan chapters.

In 2019, the SPLC fired its co-founder, Dees, in a racial discrimination and sexual harassment scandal. Amid that scandal, a former employee came forward, calling the SPLC’s “hate” accusations a “highly profitable scam.” Almost every year, the SPLC reports a higher number of “hate groups” than the year before. For the 2022 version of the “hate map”—released in 2023—it added “antigovernment extremist groups” to the map.

Conservatives have long suspected that the “hate map” is a tool to silence the SPLC’s opponents. The SPLC advocates against enforcing immigration laws, and it brands immigration enforcement groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Dustin Inman Society “anti-immigrant hate groups.” It also advocates for LGBTQ issues and it puts Christian nonprofits like Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council on the map as “anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups.”

Last year, it added parental rights groups such as Moms for Liberty to the “hate map.”

Scandals

The SPLC has faced numerous scandals in recent years, though that seems not to bother President Joe Biden and his administration.

In 2012, a terrorist used the SPLC’s “hate map” to target the Family Research Council for a mass shooting. The building manager suffered a gunshot wound but prevented the terrorist from carrying out his plan. The SPLC condemned the attack but kept the council on the “hate map” ever since.

Despite all this, the Biden administration has repeatedly worked with the SPLC, with a Justice Department division listening to an SPLC briefing on its “hate map.” SPLC President Margaret Huang bragged that the administration reached out to the SPLC for advice on combating the “domestic terrorism threat.”

Read the full report on Daily Signal.

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