Here’s some news from over the weekend that we overlooked, but it’s certainly interesting.
As Twitchy reported March 14, the Southern Poverty Law Center kicked out Morris Dees, who co-founded the organization back in 1971, with little explanation other than he had apparently fallen afoul of the organization’s mission and had to go, but there was muttering among reporters of allegations of racism and sexism, and maybe a little #MeToo sprinkled in.
The co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center has been fired amid allegations of widespread racial and gender discrimination. A former employee weighs in: https://t.co/5qmK8FSLz8 pic.twitter.com/wt7q4lMptk
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) March 21, 2019
Just over a week later, the SPLC, which recently reported more than a half-billion in assets, announced that president Richard Cohen would be stepping down.
BREAKING: Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen has announced his resignation amid employee upheaval at the nonprofit.
“Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them."https://t.co/3JhPvNSv1G
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) March 22, 2019
President of @splcenter has resigned. This follows resignations of other high-profile leaders amid allegations of workplace racism & sexism. Under his leadership, SPLC has aggressively fundraised hundreds of millions & listed conservatives as extremists. https://t.co/XmehR8S9ww
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) March 23, 2019
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 23, 2019
The SPLC is a group that inspired two different progressive nuts to try to assassinate friends of mine. The media has long treated SPLC as objective, when it has instead used its old reputation to operate as progressive grifters using its name to ruin good people and good groups
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 23, 2019
Yep, it’s like we always say here: you know journalists are lazy or just don’t care when they cite the SPLC as a valid source on hate groups. Of course, liberal politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are quick to promote the SPLC’s own hateful rhetoric, as she did just after Dees had been forced out:
White supremacists committed the largest # of extremist killings in 2017.
What the President is saying here: “if you engage in violent acts of white supremacy, I will look the other way.”
Understand that this is deliberate. This is why we can’t afford to sit on the sidelines. https://t.co/yUwUXzhBoE
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 18, 2019
Yes, there they are citing their famous “hate map” again, which recently cost them $3.375 million for sliming Maajid Nawaz in their “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”
So the SPLC seems to be crumbling from the top down. Fox News reports:
In a statement, Cohen said the organization will “emerge stronger” after an audit of its practices by Tina Tchen, a Chicago-based attorney and former chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama.
“We’re going through a difficult period right now, and I know that we’ll emerge stronger at the end of the process that we’ve launched with Tina Cohen,” the statement said. “Given my long tenure as the SPLC president, however, I do not think I should be involved in that process beyond cooperating with Tina, her team, and the board in any way that may be helpful.”
Paypal came under fire from religious groups after its CEO revealed it works with the SPLC to help identify accounts to ban from its platform. Several groups called for a boycott of the digital payment system because it listed several conservative Christian organizations as “hate groups” or “extremists” because of their religious views.
Republican lawmakers have also questioned the working relationship between the SPLC and the FBI.
Oh, and “an assistant legal director also left over gender and race equity concerns.” The Los Angeles Times reported that about two dozen employees signed a letter raising concerns over “allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism.”
Couldn’t happen to a nicer group.
Just a fantastic day all around!
— David Madeira (@DavidJMadeira) March 23, 2019
It's about time this has happened. This organization has been nothing more than an ambulance chasing sham to make money for a long time now.
— Dade (@Hysteria87) March 23, 2019
@Timcast did an awesome explanatory on his podcast on this. Today is like winning a scratch off ticket bigly and then the rest of your string of winners is like more gravy 😂
— Pjenkins (@Peeeeeeeeeejjjj) March 23, 2019
They saw it coming. They moved assets offshore. Civil suits against individual leaders will work though.
— Shep (@Kwills11) March 23, 2019
$320,000,000.00 in Cayman Islands accounts
— Yikescat007 (@yikescat007) March 23, 2019
The wheels came off of this organization a long time ago.
— Mike Simms (@R80Mike) March 23, 2019
HA HA HA; DOWN IN GLORIOUS FLAMES 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Bill Kitchens (@BillKitchens1) March 23, 2019
A day full of great news!
— Terry Cantrell (@CantrellTerry) March 23, 2019
Too much winning, I can’t take it!
— GE (@ge2229617) March 24, 2019
SPLC has been a partisan, far-left propaganda outfit for years, slandering legitimate orgs & folks on the right while blissfully ignoring hate on the left. The media, who knew the deal, still routinely cited SPLC to label "hate groups" whenever that suited their own agenda.
— Information Age Strategy (@InfoAgeStrategy) March 24, 2019
The #SPLC is a "labeling" hate group of the worst kind. I'm sure if you follow the money you'll see the high level left-wingers who actually fund it. They try to deceive, brainwash & scare the American people into silence. Not gonna work. They need to be dismantled asap.
— American Girl (@AmericaLoves45) March 23, 2019
A fraud on par with the Clinton Foundation?
Whistle blowers and departing executives singing the same song?
Great time for an audit? Imagine the tax returns that would need to be revised…
— faster34me X (@faster34me) March 23, 2019
wow seems like a lot of dots getting connected
— candyhorner1 (@candice90265) March 23, 2019
Civil rights organization??? 🙄 Boy, someone has a wild imagination. The SPLC has always been just one more "enforcement" arm of the Liberal/Left.
— Lynette (@lynette530) March 23, 2019
Reporter cites SPLC in claiming Jewish neo-Nazi hate groups are calling for Ilhan Omar’s committee removal https://t.co/7wMwlKP6qN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 7, 2019