SPLC Continues Scamming the Media and Public with Phony Claims

Bob Dane, Immigration Reform, August 17, 2011

SPLC claims the number of “hate groups” increased 66.4% from 2000 to 2010, yet FBI statistics show a 30% drop in hate crimes from 2000 to 2009 (2010 not yet available). What gives?

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What gives is that the SPLC uses an invented and undefined “hate group” label to stigmatize groups they don’t like and then claim that the number of those groups is rising each year. On the other hand, the FBI uses a well-defined, legitimate and measureable term “hate crime” and simply reports the facts.

The facts contradict the bloated claims the SPLC uses year after year to retain their relevancy. So instead, the SPLC often cites that specific populations–Hispanics for instance–are increasingly victimized as a result of the “heated rhetoric” of the immigration debate. Here again, the facts say otherwise. In 2000 there were 763 Hispanics victims of hate crimes, while in 2009 there were 692. When properly indexed to account for Hispanic population growth during that period, the incidence of hate crime against Hispanics has dropped 34.6%.

That’s very good news for America, but very bad news for the SPLC. Less crime doesn’t stoke the donor base of an organization whose fortunes depend on creating the illusion that there is a surge of dangerous groups operating in America. And it doesn’t keep their membership in a perpetual frenzy–or a perpetual state of giving. But inventing “hate group” labels and claiming that America’s internal threats are rising does. And it delights the SPLC’s “non-profit” fundraising department which generates fistfuls of money by manufacturing bad news–donations of $32.8 million and total assets of $250.8 million to be exact, according to their most recently filed 990.

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Undisciplined journalists unwilling to test the accuracy of the information or question the motives of the source, simply parrot the “hate group” labels. And of course, if a lie is repeated often enough it becomes perceived as truth. {snip}

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Ultimately, the actions of the SPLC demonstrate that its goal isn’t stopping hate, it’s shutting down debate.

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  • Anonymous

    We all know who funds SPLC, the same group who files every school busing and anti affirmative action lawsuit.

    I just today looked at the SPLC website for the first time. It is truly frightening. Reminds me of a survelliance agency in communist Russia or China.

  • hugo

    The SPLC might be actually be right that hate groups are growing if they include black and Latino hate groups. Somehow I don’t think that is what they mean.

  • Linked to Whiteness

    What gives is that the SPLC uses an invented and undefined “hate group” label to stigmatize groups they don’t like and then claim that the number of those groups is rising each year. On the other hand, the FBI uses a well-defined, legitimate and measureable term “hate crime” and simply reports the facts.

    SPLC is expert in rhetorical trick of false cause and effect, which dismisses any other potential cause but the one THEY proclaim. And since they are teaching tolerance, fighting hate, and seeking justice, they have a moral authority that protects them from being questioned and exposed for their tricks. Only racists would notice, mention, complain, and post online, thus SPLC can say, “We must be right, because our only enemies are recognized and avowed racists. Send more money.”

  • Joseph

    Has anyone in the media queried the $PLC as to why they have an off-shore account in the Cayman Islands?

    What are they hiding?

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/26/923486/-Southern-Poverty-Law-Centers-Cayman-Islands-bank-account

  • Jim

    These political con artists have just expanded their definition of “hate group”, that’s all. That’s why they have pictures of people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on their website. An attempt to create a “10 most wanted” atmosphere towards fairly benign public figures.

    The truth is, the rank and file American doesn’t even know who or what the SPLC is, and could care less about SPLC propaganda. Used to see them interviewed on news programs like the Newshour, but they’ve lost too much credibilty to have much mainstream media presence in the last few years.

    To be honest, I really don’t even worry about them much anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Real hate crimes have skyrocketed – as in the Black flash mobs who beat unsuspecting whites. But the police, politicians, and media refuse to label these as hate crimes. I wonder if the SPLC even considers those to be crimes, or just youths venting!

  • Madison Grant

    The $PLC is merely copying a scam the ADL pioneered in the 90’s: both groups claim there’s an increase in “hate groups” because of an increase in “hate websites”.

    Of course in the last 15 years there’s been an explosion of websites dealing with every topic under the sun, from religion to politics to Japanese needlepoint.

    That explains the increase in “hate” sites, many of which are not even hateful, merely un-p.c. and therefore scapegoated by the money-grubbing $PLC.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it yet again;

    Why does anybody listen to the SPLC?

    Do you listen to Al Sharpton when he flatulates from the mouth? Maxine Waters?

    An unfortunate, deranged schizophrenic streetwalker when he’s out of his mind and hallucinating?

    No.

    So why the SPLC?

    Blacks flatulate at the mouth.

    Acutely ill schizophrenics babble nonsense.

    The SPLC lies.

    What has this to do with the price of tea in China?

  • Anonymous

    It helps to put all this in historical perspective. The revelations during COINTELPRO , for example, serve to suggest how inherently corrupting it is in America to get law enforcement involved in investigating and policing thoughts and emotions and motives. A larger issue is some historical sense of how many here-and-now perspectives considered “extremist” in their inception became vindicated over time in American democracy because they were allowed to grow or wilt on their own merits within the test of free discussion and disputation. Many nuggets of factual gold and conceptual gold are to be found sometimes amidst ideological garbage and weird viewpoints. $PLC appears to prefer spoon feeding. So did Stalin.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps they’re now including groups like the youtubers Walt Disney Appreciation Society and the readership of the (British) Daily Mail.

    Just a thought.

  • Question Diversity

    I did a regression curve analysis on the top chart, the one of the SPLC’s count of “hate groups” by year. According to my calculations, by 2045, there will be more hate groups than people in the United States, which means that not only will every man, woman and child (even newborns), both white and non-white, have to have and run their own hate group, some will have to have and run more than one at the same time.

  • Duran Dahl

    The SPLC’s raison d’etre is to provide the bogus intelligence necessary for the System to persecute and prosecute white dissidents.

    Oh, and that big offshore war-chest? That is earmarked to “finance” their way out of a richly deserved date with justice once the tide has turned (and indeed it will). Memo to Moe: It isn’t going to be enough! White people actually believe in justice as an abstract concept…and she will be served.

  • Anonymous

    That’s why people refer to them as the Southern Poverty Lie Center.

  • Anonymous

    “In 2000 there were 763 Hispanics victims of hate crimes, while in 2009 there were 692”.

    That’s incredible. As in, I would guess the real number is closer to 100,000. I personally know of 3 hate crimes committed against Hispanics, and I inhabit a Very small social circle. Each hate crime was from a mild (tho humiliating) public beatdown, to a life-threatening, maiming injury done to a peacable Hispanic by an criminal African American. I guess as long as the person has lighter skin than you, it’s not a hate crime. Where as if the person has darker skin, just using ‘offensive’ words is considered a hate crime. . . It’s really quite incredible, the number of real injuries sustained by the different groups and the percentage of those times these are considered hate crimes. Those looking to document ‘bias’ could not find a more apparent example than the issue of hate crimes and the way they are tabulated.

  • Anonymous

    Many campus security entities and general law enforcement entities

    are not so much concerned about, or perceptive about, the unfairness of $PLC as they come to be concerned about the extent to which over time $PLC runs counter to their own local long-term interests.

  • Anonymous

    Part of the ascendancy of $PLC arises from pendulum swing extremes years ago as reaction to FBI domestic spying abuses.

    The initial Freedom of Information Act particulars made it difficult for organizations like the FBI to maintain information or even to receive it, without threat of having to compromise sources. These gyrations from one extreme to another, provided a vacuum that $PLC gladly filled to its prosperity with its “intelligence” operations against–irony of ironies –extremism!! Presumably the FBI has been long ago sufficiently reformed and modernized and FOIA brought into balance, so that “intelligence” can find its way back under the roof of trained law enforcement??

  • Anonymous

    Post #09. $PLC is rather well-known in offices of chief counsel for insurance companies, the U.S. Post Office, various Licensed Mail Providers, moving companies, etc. etc., in that the long arm of perverted legal purposes reaches in all manner of places if if in the myopic view of $PLC they can thereby damage the savings, employment, local reputation, etc. of someone they have designated as a “witch” In doing so, $PLC usually ends up doing “collateral damage” to the sources that accommodate it. This is an extremely important to point to emphasize. It is important to note that what $PLC does could be done , say, to cripple those on either side of the abortion issue by their opposing side. It is likely true that the kind of special “networking” that Victor Ostrovsky outlined in his great book may be uniquely relevant to $PLC (??), but plenty of persons in the great tradition of Truth Speaking to Power condemn $PLC. A more basic reality is how the modus operandi of $PLC arises from many degenerative features of our legal system, law enforcement, media, etc. Certainly, the media have far far fewer hard-driven, rough-edged “dig out the story” reporters than used to characterize journalism. There are, by contrast, legions of yuppie “feed me” “reporters” that are vulnerable to $PLC manipulation. A practical matter in all of this is that

    $PLC operations exacerbate weaknesses in other social institutions and accommodating $PLC may be easy and pleasant “here and now” but probably is very detrimental over time.