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It is virtually impossible for any journalist not to be aware of allegations made about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Charges of institutional racism, sexual harassment of employees, malicious labeling of political opponents as “hate groups,” and unscrupulous fundraising practices date back more than 30 years.
Reports of the SPLC’s scurrilous private and public behavior have been reported by dozens of reputable journalists and published by news and opinion outlets as diverse as The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper’s, Politico, and many others. Just over the last few weeks, Twitter announced it was dropping the noxious SPLC as one if its “safety partners,” as it seeks to combat “hateful conduct and harassment” on its platform.
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Nonetheless, as the Journal of Philanthropy questioned, “Why do so many reporters cite the SPLC blacklist as if it were some kind of neutral Consumer Reports guide to what’s intolerable in cultural advocacy?”
Okay, so maybe some of these reporters weren’t paying attention to what was being said and written about the SPLC last year, or five years ago, or 20 years ago. Well, how about last week, or last month? Beginning on March 14, the SPLC’s house of ill-repute in Montgomery, Alabama (dubbed the Poverty Palace by those who worked there), imploded. The SPLC’s founder Morris Dees was fired for what was vaguely described as “workplace misconduct.” Current and former employees were less circumspect – they called it sexual harassment.
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Dees’ firing was quickly followed by the resignations of the SPLC’s long-time president Richard Cohen, and the legal director Rhonda Brownstein. They quit before they could be sacked. Meredith Horton, one of the few African-Americans in the upper echelons of the so-called civil rights group, quit for different reasons. Before she departed she wrote an email in which she “noted the hardships women and employees of color...
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