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Reader comment: What I learned about the SPLC over the years

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 23, 2017

Editor: From time to time, I publish/feature (as posts) comments from readers that would otherwise be lost in the daily din.

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This is from Deena Flinchum (see a previous comment here) who enlightens us on the Southern Poverty Law Center and how they have evolved over the last 4 decades. (Emphasis is mine)

Ann, I sent this to a reporter and thought you might find it interesting:

The social philosopher Eric Hoffer, author of The True Believer, once said: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” This has been my observation of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

In 1973, I received a fundraising letter from the SPLC signed by Julian Bond, an icon of the civil rights movement, asking me to become a retainer supporter, meaning I’d send a monthly payment to retain lawyers for African-Americans seeking to secure voting rights, access to schools and neighborhoods, etc. I readily agreed, sending in my monthly contribution for over 25 years. Never missed a single payment. I was gratified to see progress in a cause I believed in and to have a chance to be a part of it.

As time went by, I saw less and less civil rights work but the fundraising continued.

We were told that SPLC needed to put away a lot of reserves so that they could withstand loss of contributions, etc. In essence, SPLC had become a business, piling up retained earnings from contributions that they didn’t spend on the cause. I began to see more effort in hunting down ‘hate’ and less on suing entities on behalf of those whose civil rights were being violated. It costs a lot less to ship copies of Teaching Tolerance out to schools and libraries and to designate as ‘hate groups’ organizations that disagree with you on issues than it does to finance complex lawsuits. More money in the reserve fund!

The break for this old-line environmentalist came when SPLC entered its racket phase by declaring FAIR and CIS – two organizations that saw massive immigration as not a good thing for the US – to be ‘hate groups’. How can two very mainstream organizations, ones who shared the opinions of the Jordan Commission led by Congresswoman Barbara Jordan under President Bill Clinton, be classified in the same terms as the KKK and Nazis? Were Congresswoman Jordan and President Clinton ‘far-right haters’? Hardly. I stopped my support immediately and told SPLC why. I was left alone for years until after Trump’s election when, I guess, SPLC considered me fair game again. I’ve had about 4 letters since then wanting me to re-up. Hilarious!

No way. I look upon the SPLC the same as I do scammers who try to separate senior citizens from their savings by pretending to be good causes intent upon some good work or another if only the mark would come through with hard cold cash. Unfortunately too many still do.

I’m stunned that anybody in the media takes the SPLC seriously anymore after all of the exposure there has been about their dishonesty, discrimination in hiring, and simple greed. All they are doing with their ‘hate group’ designations is trying to shut down dissent or even discussion if it varies from their opinions. I firmly believe that a lack of discussion over the years because people were afraid of being smeared is what has led to a lot of the bitterness in the debate over immigration now.

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9 Responses to “Reader comment: What I learned about the SPLC over the years”

  1. Janelle Mckinley said

    They were a business scam from the getgo.

    On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 4:21 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “Editor: From time to time, I publish/feature (as > posts) comments from readers that would otherwise be lost in the daily din. > This is from Deena Finchem (see a previous comment here) who enlightens us > on the Southern Poverty Law Center and how they have” >

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  2. I’ve listened to the radio a lot over the years and scan the channels to listen to programs that interest me. It was not a year ago I happened on a Christian channel that had hosts discussing a law suit filed by SPLC in state of New Jersey against a synagogue that offered counseling to troubled homosexuals(free or for fee I don’t know). The charge was fraud since counselors encouraged those who wanted to go straight. SPLC goes with notion that this is not scientifically possible. Believe it or not,judge ruled against synagogue and imposed a huge fine.Also, synagogue had to pay legal expenses of SPLC! Lately you might have heard SPLC brag about bankrupting KKK.Well, it seems they’ve also bankrupted a community of Jews in N.J.There is no mission other than prosecution for profit.

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  3. Pamela Marsiano said

    Thank you for all of your hard work and research on the refugee program. How can we help ? How can we get the truth out to the American people? Pam

    On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 7:21 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “Editor: From time to time, I publish/feature (as > posts) comments from readers that would otherwise be lost in the daily din. > This is from Deena Finchem (see a previous comment here) who enlightens us > on the Southern Poverty Law Center and how they have” >

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  4. Rick Barnett said

    Ann, thank you for all your work. Best wishes, Rick Barnett

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  5. Aren’t “threats, intimidation and harassment” crimes for which the SPLC can be prosecuted. The SPLC is turning into the old mafia “protection racket” where you had to pay the mob regularly or something would happen to your business or family. That is what the RICO statute is designed to take care of.

    Historically, the SPLC is a far-Left Jewish (Joseph J. Levin Jr., Mark Potok etc.) owned and operated business which promotes the Communist agenda by tearing down the fabric of traditional societies (i.e. borders, language, culture etc.). It has be remembered that Jews were highly over represented in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the USSR. At the founding of the USSR 2% of the population were Jews while 33% of the leadership of the USSR were Jews. Marx, Trotsky etc. were all Jews.

    The far-Left Jewish lobby has used the deaths of 6 million Jews during World War II as a propaganda tool of Judaism and the hard Left and to silence critics of the Hard Left even though over 60 million people were killed during War War II. In other words, Jews represented only 10% of the people killed during World War II and have no special “bragging” rights or victim status over that of the 54 million Christian killed during World War II.

    Israel does not take in any African or Muslim immigrants but the Jewish lobby (e.g. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) push for endless Third World immigration into North America and Europe.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Israel does have African/Muslim migrants and HIAS is not particularly supportive of Israel because they have pushed for Israel to take more (or at least keep the ones that get in from Africa). We have posts going back several years about HIAS making negative comments about Israel.

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  6. Isnt this the same place George Clooney dontated $1,000,000 to?

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  7. ljarvik said

    Excellent article–SPLC apparently has little to do with the South, Poverty or Law anymore… based upon this analysis the name may be misleading donors.

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