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The name, ‘The Southern Poverty Law Center’ (SPLC) is misleading. The SPLC does little to alleviate poverty, its own stated goals are: fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice. At the moment, the SPLC lists its top activity as attempting to remove confederate statues and symbols. This is consistent with the activity for which the SPLC is best known, its annual hate map in which it locates so-called ‘hate’ groups on a map of the United States. How is it that one of the best funded poverty law centers acts as an arbitrar of hate instead of as an advocate for the poor?

The term ‘Poverty Law’ usually refers to the more mundane practice of representing poor people who are often un or under represented. But the SPLC’s goals are more lofty, here’s how Mark Potok, a Senior Fellow at SPLC described his mission. “It’s not what most in the media think. Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes…Our criteria for a ‘hate group’… have nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess we’re making about ‘this group could be dangerous.’ It’s strictly ideological. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them

Each year, the SPLC advertises over 900 hate groups on its hate map. Author Laird Wilcox says the SPLC “Has specialized [in] a highly developed and ritualized form of defamation … a way of harming and isolating people by denying their humanity and trying to convert them into something that deserves to be hated and eliminated. They accuse others of this but utilize their enormous resources to practice it on a mass scale themselves.”

To begin with, the SPLC uses a very loose definition of a hate group as “an organization that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” They bolster this with the false claim that the FBI uses a similar definition of hate crime, “[A] criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” But the FBI’s words do not refer to practices or beliefs, they characterize an actual crime which may have been inspired by bias.

Without advocating hate or prejudice I find the SPLC’s categories hilarious. They are: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity, Neo-Confederate, Black Separatist, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, General Hate (Anti-Immigrant, Hate Music, Holocaust Denial and Radical Traditional Catholicism) and Other Hate (a grab bag of ‘hateful’ ideologies). Query, if a neo-nazi gets a haircut will he become a racist skinhead or a neo-confederate?

One ‘hate’ group, Radical Traditional Catholicism, are excoriated for blaming Jews for the killing of Christ and “They also embrace extremely conservative social ideals with respect to women.” Is this a hate group? Ultra Orthodox Jews have some pretty vile thoughts about non Jews and also adhere to extremely conservative social ideals for women. Why aren’t the Lubovitches, for instance, on the list?

Holocaust denial is the only hate group defined by simply questioning authority. SPLC claims such groups “only pretend to be interested in historical research.” Instead, even the claim that Jews may have died in ways other than the gas chambers form [hate groups] because they are used simply “to rehabilitate the German Nazis’ image as part of a bid to make the ideology of national socialism more acceptable.” A number of historians investigating World War II might find this assertion surprising.

“The SPLC’s list is wildly inflated,” said Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at the Anti-Defamation League. The National Socialist Movement, for example, was listed 49 times in the 2015 Hate Map, since the count included each of the NSM’s individual chapters. The SPLC also counts single individuals as a group or chapter. The result is a count totally at odds with Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. Hate crimes plummeted 24% between 1998 and 2013, according to the FBI. Yet the SPLC claims the number of hate groups in the U.S. shot up by 75% during this same period.

The SPLC has so many categories of ‘hate’ and those categories are political as much as violent. So is there any actual harm from a listing on the hate map?

There was when Floyd Lee Corkins entered the Family Research Council intending to kill as many as possible because “he found us listed as a hate group on the SPLC website,” said executive vice president retired Gen. William Boykin. “We and others like us who are on this ‘hate map’ believe that this is very reckless behavior. … The only thing that we have in common is that we are all conservative organizations. …”

Gurnee IL is an unlikely location for a hate group. A prosperous suburb of 30,000, the town is careful with its reputation with tourists as it is home to Six Flags Great America amusement park, the Gurnee Mills indoor shopping mall and the water park, Great Wolf Lodge.

But the SPLC bestowed upon Gurnee the label that makes small-town officials sweat. Towns usually earn their reputations as harbors for hate groups in more public ways. They may be unlucky enough to be the place the Klan decides to march and someone later dies (Charlottesville) or be home to the media-trolling Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kansas). But for towns like Gurnee, designation as one of the 917 locales on SPLC’s Hate Map comes without warning or explanation.


When the town asked the self appointed cartographers of hate to remedy the listing they were told, “I know it is disturbing to find hate groups in your community but I don’t think that should be seen as a reflection of what I am sure is a wonderful community.” Sorry, but the map is only updated once a year. “Call back in January.” The town protested that its police had searched and failed to find a hate group in Gurnee. SPLC Intelligence Chief Heidi Beirich would not budge. “ Even though the police couldn’t locate them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.”

Given the low threshold for inclusion on the list, it is not surprising that other towns were included for questionable reasons. In 2004, Olathe, Colorado earned a white hood icon when a self-proclaimed “international imperial wizard” from Indiana told a Denver newspaper that a chapter in Olathe, “a little Klan klavern,” had asked him to come and speak. Neither he nor any of the town officials could name any of the members. Olathe stayed on SPLC’s list for three years.

Amana, Iowa, was placed on the hate map when someone at the SPLC spotted a chat thread on the Daily Stormer. Someone with the screen name “Concerned Troll” proposed a neo-Nazi “book club” meeting in an Amana café. No one in Amana was able to confirm to the SPLC whether or not the meeting actually took place, but that was enough to earn the corn-carpeted state its only swastika.

But still, Beidich worries more about undercounting than over inclusion. She thinks the undercount groups hide in shadows. She does not explain why listing what are ‘un’ hate groups, by her own criteria, will cause hate groups to emerge from the shadows. In fact, it is not clear why we are not all better off if a ‘hate’ group stays hidden.

(Republished from Gilad Atzmon by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Rational says:


    Thanks for the excellent article, Sir. You are so right.

    SPLC is itself the biggest hate group. Here is a look at the main conman who runs this scam:

    Name: Morris Dees.

    Profession: Professional conman and a fraud, who runs America’s notorious Jewish hate group called the Southern Poverty Law Center, which issues lies and propaganda ad nauseum. He promote alienism and librotism and calls anybody with culture or morals names.

    Description (Source: Wikipedia):
    In 2005, Washington Times editor Wesley Pruden called Dees “nothing more than a scam artist.”[21] …….. Stephen Bright, an Atlanta-based civil rights attorney, wrote in 2007 that Dees was “a con man and fraud”, who “has taken advantage of naive, well-meaning people–some of moderate or low incomes–who believe his pitches and give to his \$175-million operation.”[23].

    According to various online sources, his divorce papers describe him as a sexual predator. All this suggests that he is a psychopath.

    Though Morris Dees has repeatedly violated the Rules of Professional Conduct in various jurisdictions, and is a well known psychopath, and is one of the most unethical and crooked lawyers and conman scamming the public, and has brought the legal profession into total disrepute, this con-man’s law license has not yet been revoked. It is suggested that everybody report his misconduct to Bar of the state wherever this con-man practices law and demand the revocation of his law license, which revocation is long overdue.

    Lawsuits against SPLC will also help.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  2. You can tell when they are wrongly named there is something wrong.

  3. The SPLC’s own stated goals are: fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice.

    Which is newspeak for ‘fomenting hate, promoting intolerance and seeking vengeance.’

  4. I was a bit taken up with the SPLC in the past. Experience taught me most people and groups, in all sorts of settings, are no different or little different. Thereafter I haven’t felt bothered by the SPLC any more.

  5. While living in Baltimore, I noticed a sudden upsurge in panhandlers. As if overnight, at almost every major intersection, you could see one or more panhandlers shuffling between the cars and asking for money. Remarkably, in a city where white males are only 12 percent of the population, almost all of these new panhandlers were young, able-bodied, white males.

    I spent a lot of time talking to them. The vast majority were heroin addicts, which meant they were in the process of committing mass suicide (few last longer than a year out there). Then I learned that white males overall, while only 30 percent of the US population, account for a shocking 70 percent of actual suicides in the United States.

    Clearly, we are in the midst of a humanitarian, cultural, and demographic catastrophe. But what could be the cause? And is there a solution?

    There appears to be a correlation between the defeat of a people and a surge in male suicides among them. The phenomenon was remarked on in both Japan and Germany after WWII, and the suicide rate for Native American males was consistently highest by far among all groups until about ten years ago when the rate of white male suicide exceeded even theirs.

    Are white American males members of a defeated people? One could certainly argue that going from a majority status to a minority status in a democracy is a defeat, but even if it weren’t, it is easy to see how the sociological expression of a defeated people could readily apply to white people in 2019 America.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center taught me in 2000 just how defeated white people are. I had started an organization in New York that put up billboards containing information about mass immigration that the people were not getting from the media. A typical message, for example, would state that within our lifetimes, according to Census Bureau data, immigration will double the population of the United States.

    As a result of our billboard campaign, everyone went insane. Among other excesses, Congressman Joe Crowley, my representative in Congress, called the billboards “loathsome”; a group of rabbis protested in front of a billboard in Queens; The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart ridiculed me on Comedy Central and used a photo of me with a Hitler mustache superimposed; TV crews camped outside the homes and businesses of family members; politicians held press conferences denouncing the “hate” the billboards spread; the New York City Council voted 43-2 to condemn ProjectUSA and, at a news conference after the vote, I was compared to a self-described neo-Nazi who had shot up a Jewish daycare center in Los Angeles and murdered an Asian postal worker the day before; New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, writing in the Jewish Forward, inveighed against “the putrid stench of Nelsen’s racism”; billboard companies—after threats from city officials—broke their contracts and took down ProjectUSA billboards.

    The SPLC joined in the public hysteria, denouncing me and ProjectUSA and implying in its “Intelligence Report” that the billboards were “racist”. Most damaging and outrageously unfairly, the SPLC used its well-honed skills at character assassination to link ProjectUSA and me to “Nazi atrocities”.

    In one illustrative incident, New York’s Fox 5 TV station contacted me, requested an interview, and asked whether I could also bring along some “followers”. I agreed and brought two local supporters, both of whom had contributed money to the billboard campaigns. One was an African-American man from Brooklyn, who understood the downward pressure on wages mass immigration put on the teens and low income workers in his neighborhood. The other was an immigrant from India, who was most concerned about the massive fraud that occurs in the immigration industry. As the cameras were being set up, the two ProjectUSA supporters were telling the reporter, Mary Garofalo, why they felt the country needed an immigration time-out. Interrupting, she pointed at me, saying, “Look, I understand why he’s here. What I don’t understand is why you are here.” In other words, Garofalo couldn’t even hear the words coming out of their mouths. The only pertinent fact to her was their skin color. By these and other experiences, I learned that immigration is, for many, including Mary Garofalo, absolutely a racial issue. This raised an interesting question: if the immigration issue is absolutely a racial issue, then what are the racial reasons for Mary Garofalo’s support for mass immigration, or Dov Hikind’s, or Jon Stewart’s, or the Southern Poverty Law Center’s?

    From my experience with ProjectUSA and the vicious attacks—including attacks from the SPLC—on me and my group some twenty years ago, I have come to believe that a debilitating, spirit-sapping bigotry against whites permeates the culture. While the National Association of La Raza openly advocates for Latino interests, the Anti-Defamation League openly advocates for Jewish interests, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People openly advocates for African-American interests—all without the slightest censure—the completely race-neutral ProjectUSA had been attacked viciously by the SPLC as a racist organization. The other groups made no secret of their racial activism, indeed, were rewarded for it with grants from the Ford Foundation and federal and state governments. Meanwhile, we were attacked for SECRETLY advocating for the interests of

    So I came up with a program to help those men in distress. It was a 13-week residency program that included exercise, a healthy diet, a rigorous academic program that included philosophy, poetry, math, literature, and, contra Hollywood, history. But the core of the program was daily intensive boxing training. While the program was designed to address the particular challenges unique to white males, the program–always clearly stated–was open to men of any race experiencing personal distress.

    A friend I’d known for years thought my idea worth a try. He had an 8,000 sq ft empty grocery store in his small hometown of Lexington, Missouri. He put the grocery store at my disposal to see whether I could make the program work. A friend and I went to Lexington. As we began to clean up the old grocery store, there were some questions on the local Facebook group about the program, but then a local woman named Deborah Starke Bulloc found the old Southern Poverty Law Center smear against me from 2000 and posted it on the group’s Facebook page.

    And everyone went insane.

    It was hardly necessary, but the SPLC got wind of our effort and writer Stephen Piggott reworked the old smear into a new attack, which was written so as to leave readers believing we were opening a whites-only club in Lexington, Missouri.

    That was the end of our effort and this marvelous opportunity that could have helped so many families. In the wake of the SPLC’s attack, our Kickstarter campaign was shut down, the city issued a “stop work” order, the owner of the grocery store withdrew his support, and, if I was walking my dog, passengers in passing cars would roll down their windows and scream, “Get out, Nazi! We don’t want your shit here”.

    In November, I filed a \$4.755 million defamation suit against the SPLC in the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and against Morris Dees, Richard Cohen, Heidi Biereich, and the author, Stephen Piggott (who appears to have been fired just about the time the summonses were served on the SPLC). They have a half billion dollars in assets, more than a hundred attorneys on staff, and have hired a major DC law firm and a Kansas City law firm to go against me.

    I’m filing pro se, en forma pauperis. And I’m going to win.

    You can read the whole complaint here:

  6. Rational says:
    @Craig Nelsen


    Thanks for the interesting comment. I am glad you are standing up against the SPLC.

    What SPLC is doing is also mail fraud and wire fraud, which is a criminal offense under 18 USC 1341 as they are raising funds by false representations (calling innocent people haters, hate groups, racists, etc.)

    18 USC 1341:

    “Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, or to sell, dispose of, loan, exchange, alter, give away, distribute, supply, or furnish or procure for unlawful use any counterfeit or spurious coin, obligation, security, or other article, or anything represented to be or intimated or held out to be such counterfeit or spurious article, for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice or attempting so to do, places in any post office or authorized depository for mail matter, any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by the Postal Service, or deposits or causes to be deposited any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by any private or commercial interstate carrier, or takes or receives therefrom, any such matter or thing, or knowingly causes to be delivered by mail or such carrier according to the direction thereon, or at the place at which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, any such matter or thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”

    The FBI needs to arrest and criminally charge SPLC and Morris Dees under the above statute, besides civil rights intimidation (for harassing white people like above), etc.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
    , @EH
  7. Great stuff, as always, Gilad. I was just talking about the evil SPLC with a friend of mine. I recently heard a doctor interviewed about how dangerous the transgender movement is, and especially how dangerous it is to children. This doctor is a member of an organization called, “The American College of Pediatricians”. Can’t you just sense the “hate” by the name of this organization? LOL! It’s not even a Christian organization. It’s a secular organization that advocates pro-family, conservative, traditional views and policies. I don’t agree with them on everything (they are 100% opposed to the legalization of marijuana, for example), but anyone who is thinking rationally, whether he or she agrees with this organization or not, can clearly see that this is not a “hate group”. There is nothing resembling hatred on the TACP website….but you guessed it! TACP is on the SPLC’s “hate” map/”hate list” just because they dare to oppose the gay agenda, transgenderism etc. The SPLC doesn’t care that there is nothing close to anything advocating malicious behavior towards gays, “transgenders” or anyone else. According to the SPLC, these people might as well be the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan. I have no words for how ridiculous this is.

    Fuck the SPLC.

    • Replies: @NZLex
  8. J1234 says:

    A very good article by Mr. Atzmon. The Church of the Social Orthodoxy doesn’t want to intimidate hate groups – if those groups haven’t been intimidated out of existence by now, they never will be, and the radical left knows it. The CSO wants to intimidate everyone in the proximity of hate groups…at least by their definition of “hate group,” which is broad. And ultimately, everyone in the gradient between Mitt Romney and Steve King, or roughly half the population.

    Steve King is too close to some of the hate group language says the left (even if they have to fabricate context to make that idea believable) so he becomes a Nazi. The left then glares out at everyone else who’s standing around Steve King and warns, “Do you want to be next? Do you want this to happen to YOU?”

    The circle of Nazis (in the left’s eyes) grows and grows at the public square, enveloping people like Tucker Carlson and Michael Savage or whoever. And the frightened (and sometimes cowardly) hordes run away from the spreading plague in a panic, which is entirely the point of all this. Who says the 12th century wasn’t fun?

    Now, have you noticed how Jeff Sessions is rarely called a Nazi these days, even though some of his immigration enforcement stances have been on par with Steve King? That’s because even Hitler was accepted as an ally of Stalin’s when the circumstances were right. They don’t piss off Sessions with public torment because, in their eyes, his firing stands as a testament to how unstable Adolf Trump is. He’s worth more to them untormented than tormented.

  9. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    I gave the PDF a somewhat cursory read, but I have to say it looks astounding. I don’t think I’ve heard of your case before (although I’m not sure). This seems like a strikingly stronger case than that of the Muslim dude in Britain who got a settlement (and I believe his case was strong). What really strikes me is the authenticity of the document. I believe you are telling the truth. Good luck. I will aim to give it a closer read and to follow this.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  10. NZLex says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    Bravo, sir. I hope you win. Racism has no place in a civilized society, whether against white people or any other group. It seems like slander has been accepted for far too long in the “West” – though I wonder whether that term will ever be used again… too much “hate” in the world, probably. I suppose even “civilization” is “hateful”, too.

  11. NZLex says:
    @Pinche Perro

    As the SPLC themselves say, this is not about actual hate, but “ideology” – ie, the anti-Western, anti-Christian ideology of post-modern secularism, which forbids genuine, consistent views on morality and decency. Their “morality” is about sexual license, degeneracy and self-obsessed narcissism. There is likely an element of sheer lust for power, money and status involved, but there is more to it. It seems to be an almost perfect Satanic plan to destroy European civilization, though what would replace it I shudder to think. Unfortunately, the best defense would have been to immediately confront such nonsense proudly and unapologetically, yet when all the levers of mass media have been seized already and the political, economic and judicial systems compromised, one wonders if that is even possible anymore. Certainly “white guilt” is no longer viable in any form. Could we be seeing the reduction of the famed “West” to a mere sub-culture after so many centuries? Or is there a bigger reckoning to come which dooms us all?

  12. curri says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    I don’t know if it would make any difference, but I found a minor error in your complaint. Kris Kobach was never elected Governor of Kansas, he lost the race. He’s currently Kansas Secretary of State. Anyway, good luck with the case.

  13. Dov says:

    As a Jew, I believe SPLC tolerance of Jewish-supremacist Apartheid groups shows the SPLC to be an illegal unregistered agency of the Israeli government. The authoritative interpretation of the supreme law of the land regarding freedom of expression shows that the US government has an unconditional responsibility to protect our freedom of opinion from SPLC:

    Your freedom of opinion is a non-derogable right. No state of emergency can justify restrictions.

    The government is also obligated to protect us against SPLC attacks on our honor and reputation:

    You can report ICCPR-illegal attacks by the SPLC to binding international human-rights review at [email protected]

    Here is what you need to know to submit a report:

    Victims like Mr. Nelsen would certainly get a more impartial hearing by bolstering his suit with a human-rights complaint.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
    , @JLK
  14. @Dov

    That is a very interesting suggestion. I have never before considered appealing to an international body for anything, but, considering the degree to which our domestic institutions–including our government–have become hostile to our interests, it makes sense.

    I am going to check those links you provided. Thank you.

  15. @Rational

    I have long wondered how it is that George Soros doesn’t face criminal indictment. The man funds antifa, a paid mob that commits violence and political intimidation while masked.

  16. Skeptikal says:

    Agree absolutely.
    SPLC is a hate group that thrives on exaggerating the existence of other hate groups, is actually a parasite of the groups it accuses of being hate groups, interferes with people’s First Amendment rights by labeling their speech “hate speech,” peering around the USA and under stones and everywhere else and labeling hate groups as such.
    This is the basis of the organization’s fundraising. It is a fraud and a racket.
    This group should be investigated by the FBI, the Better Business Bureau, the Justice Department, and sued for libel by every one of its targets. What a fraud. What a joke. These jokers arrogate to themselves the roles of jury, judge, and executioner. They deserve to swallow their own medicine.

  17. Wally says:


    Immigration group demands SPLC revoke ‘hate’ labelration group demands SPLC revoke ‘hate’ label
    Center for Immigration Studies files racketeering lawsuit against ‘watchdog’
    “One of the most prominent groups advocating for stricter immigration went to court Wednesday to demand a judge order the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop labeling it a “hate group,” accusing the self-described watchdog of running an illegal racket to silence political opponents.”

  18. Are they trying to get the Albert Pike statue in Washington removed?

    38.8946,-77.0157 <— lat-lon

    Maybe he gets a pass because it isn't his Confederate war making which is memorialized and honored?

  19. Kirt says:

    At 233 out of 954, black nationalists have far more individual hate groups than any other ideology, although its possible that this is because similar whitish groups are broken out into many more different but related ideologies. Add up all the whitish ones and they may outnumber that 233, but given that whites far outnumber blacks in the US, that’s to be expected.

  20. n230099 says:

    Really, this is all they have to do?

  21. JLK says:

    As a Jew, I believe SPLC tolerance of Jewish-supremacist Apartheid groups shows the SPLC to be an illegal unregistered agency of the Israeli government.

    I doubt that the Israeli government has a big problem with conservative groups like the Family Research Counsel, not that I know too much about it. They see the fundamentalist Christians as allies.

  22. bro3886 says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    You have no more chance of winning than a Jew would have in 1943 Germany. Get real. The law is arbitrary and anti-white.

  23. EH says:

    Here’s 18 USC 1341 boiled down to it’s skeleton, without more than a single paraphrase of no practical difference at all, but leaving out ellipses and a bunch of specific clauses already stated more generally:

    Whoever, having devised or intending to devise [!] any scheme for obtaining money or property by means of false representations, for the purpose of executing such scheme or attempting so to do, [sends or receives] any matter or thing whatever, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

    You don’t actually even have to send anything false, and you don’t have to start out with a scheme to get money, all that is needed is:
    1.) at some point, “a scheme for obtaining money or property by means of false representations”
    2.) sending or receiving anything to do with the scheme, anytime, ever.

    Point 1. can certainly be inferred just from getting money from people to whom you lied, but even an attempt to solicit donations using claims a prosecutor says are false is enough to likely be convicted.

    It’s really, as written, a blanket criminal prohibition of any kind of false representation in any solicitation or discussion of any potentially paid endeavor or transaction, even if the misrepresentation is in person, so long as something related was sent at some time. As actually used, it allows practically anyone to be convicted of a felony at the discretion of prosecutors.

    • Replies: @JLK
  24. JLK says:

    Didn’t the NYT used to have a banner that said “All the News That’s Fit to Print”?

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