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From the New York Times:

Morris Dees, a Co-Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Is Ousted

By Adeel Hassan and Karen Zraick
March 14, 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the nation’s largest legal advocacy groups, announced on Wednesday that its co-founder and chief trial lawyer, Morris Dees, was fired after nearly a half-century, during which he helped grow the organization into a legal powerhouse with an endowment of nearly half a billion dollars focused on hate crimes.

The president, Richard Cohen, did not give a specific reason for the dismissal of Mr. Dees, 82, but in a statement released Thursday, Mr. Cohen said, “as a civil rights organization, the S.P.L.C. is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world.”

He added that an independent assessment of the center, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., will soon examine the workplace to ensure that it would be “one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected.”

“When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action,” Mr. Cohen said. …

In a 2017 profile published by Politico, Mr. Dees was described as a “marketing genius,” who was known informally as “the Mother Teresa of Montgomery.”

“The Montgomery Grift of Alabama” is more like it.

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  1. Anon[232] • Disclaimer says:

    The president who fired Dees, Richard Cohen, is Jewish; Dees is gentile. SPLC has almost half a billion dollars that could go to support Israel.

    It’s the Benjamins, baby!

    • Replies: @Olorin
    , @Reg Cæsar
  2. Jack D says:

    Just like Mother Teresa, except he forgot to take the Vow of Poverty.

  3. According to Christopher Hitchens, Mother Teresa did a bit of grifting herself.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  4. @Jack D

    Jack, Like Harvey Weinstein and a vow of celibacy.

  5. Paul says:

    I remember leftist writer Alexander Cockburn (now deceased) writing in The Nation magazine years ago that the SPLC was a racket.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  6. Hunsdon says:

    I do miss Alexander Cockburn.

  7. #MeToo’d I would imagine.

  8. NYT:

    “he helped grow the organization into a legal powerhouse “


    He helped grow the organization into a fund-raising powerhouse.

    Legally, they managed a default judgement or two against some no-account pseudo-klansmen.

    Fund-raising-wise, they were excellent at scaring Jews into sending big checks.

    They were also excellent at paying their executives way above standard salaries.

    They were also excellent at promoting themselves to credulous, low-IQ media, e.g., the NYT.

    They were also good at saving money, not spending it on any constructive mission and hiding it offshore.

    All of this earned them an “F”, the lowest grade, from CharityWatch and flunked them on an audit from the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

    Somehow the NYT forgot to report all of that. Maybe because they are not real reporters. They are more of a propaganda powerhouse.

    It’s kind of like the NYT‘s Sarah Jeong scandal. The real scandal wasn’t that Sarah Jeong was a mouth-foaming genocidalist, that just goes with the territory at the NYT. The real scandal was that she was utterly incompetent and unqualified for what she was hired for: coverage of law and technology.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  9. @Gilbert Ratchet

    In a 2017 profile published by Politico, Mr. Dees was described as a “marketing genius,” who was known informally as “the Mother Teresa of Montgomery.”

    According to Christopher Hitchens, Mother Teresa did a bit of grifting herself.

    Mother Teresa was also a “marketing genius.”

    IIRC, Hitchens showed how her Calcutta “hospital” was basically just a flop house for the terminally ill. But she somehow managed to leverage this very modest humanitarian operation into international celebrity and future sainthood.

    Contra Hitchens, who was no doubt engaged in an early example of “trolling,” Mother Teresa probably wasn’t a bad person. But she was definitely an example of marketing hype over substance.

    So maybe it’s fair to compare Dees to her.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @FPD72
    , @Anon
  10. @Almost Missouri

    They were also excellent at promoting themselves to credulous, low-IQ media, e.g., the NYT.

    Under the rules of journalism you can print any dumb, slanderous fake fact that you want so long as it is in the form of a quote from a third party.

    As a result, the NYT and their ilk have basically created a mini-industry of third party organizations that exist for the sole purpose of generating the “facts” that the MSM need for their stories. Besides the SPLC, there are the biased “Fact Checking” cites, as well as all the advocacy groups generating bogus “surveys” and “studies.”

    It is a veritable fake-news industrial complex.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri, ic1000
  11. Thirdtwin says:

    “They say that cat Dees is a baaad Mother T—-”

    “Shut yo mouth!”

    “I’m just talkin’ ’bout Dees—-”

    “MORRIS Dees.”

  12. @Hypnotoad666

    While we’re talking about Mother Teresa, a quote from Alexander Cockburn’s obituary for Christopher Hitchens:

    Anyway, between the two of them, my sympathies were always with Mother Teresa. If you were sitting in rags in a gutter in Bombay, who would be more likely to give you a bowl of soup? You’d get one from Mother Teresa. Hitchens was always tight with beggars, just like the snotty Fabians who used to deprecate charity.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Fran800
  13. istevefan says:
    @Jack D

    And to move to India, or at least the ‘hood.

  14. “The Montgomery Grift of Alabama” is more like it.

    Hmm. I’ll bet the right answer is:

    “The Mother F_ck_r of Montgomery”

  15. FPD72 says:

    Comforting and easing the suffering of the terminally ill is so important that we have two descriptive terms for such treatment: “palliative care” and “hospice.” And a “flop house” is better than the streets, where most of Mother Teresa’s patients would have otherwise been. I’m sure that if a wealthy benefactor had donated a mansion that she would have been glad to have moved her operations.

    I’m no defender of her theology but I would be very hesitant to question the motives of a person who lived her life and ministered to “the least of these” as she did.

  16. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Her hospital was a hospice for the terminal ill. She was unknown until
    she was about 70. My opinion is the the Vatican found her and made her famous as a weapon in the Catholics anti abortion efforts.

    Her thing was every life is valuable as opposed to the Indian governments policy if letting those who lived in the streets die in the streets. Every life, even a zygote and fetus is valuable is the basis of anti abortion

    Christopher Hitchens was a White hating atheist anti Christian commie snob. Always despised his snarky supercilious self. Probably favored affirmative action as well.

  17. My cousin is one of Mother Theresa’s nuns…around six of them came to visit my brother when he was dying……Except for my cousin…they were all Indian….one of them told me that Hindu Fascists enjoyed raping the Indian Catholic Nuns…….My cousin now speaks with an Indian accent

  18. JimDandy says:

    I could see southern wags who were 100% on to Dees calling him that, sardonically.

  19. @Anon

    At the end….The Hitch was studying Biblical Scripture with a Deep South Evangelical Christian Pastor who took a dying Hitch out for rides in the bucolic Shenandoah Valley……

    • Replies: @sayless
  20. jb says:

    Hmm…, I just looked at the NYT article and the “Mother Teresa” quote isn’t there now. That may have been a little over-the-top even for them.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  21. Fran800 says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Thanks Harry for answering the comment that seemed to regard Christopher Hitchens as some sort of authority on anything. I always regarded him as a blowhard with little of value to say.

  22. @jb

    The new version of the NYT article is much more cynical about the SPLC than the first version.

  23. @Anon

    SPLC has almost half a billion dollars that could go to support Israel.

    That’s half a billion that won’t be spent here. I won’t complain.

  24. Tim says:

    Hey, you guys leave Christopher Hitchens alone!

    He had a beautiful condo in The Wyoming, just north of Dupont Circle. The views were stunning!

  25. @Anon

    I think you had to run things that Hitch said “through a filter”, but I think there was a kernel of truth there.

    Christopher Hitchen’s critique suggested that Mother Teresa may have been guided more by religious conviction than common sense and a humanistic empathy for suffering. From the Wikipedia article (this is an independent opinion that may have influenced Hitchen’s views)

    According to a paper by Canadian academics Serge Larivée, Geneviève Chénard and Carole Sénéchal, Teresa’s clinics received millions of dollars in donations but lacked medical care, systematic diagnosis, necessary nutrition and sufficient analgesics for those in pain;[115] in the opinion of the three academics, “Mother Teresa believed the sick must suffer like Christ on the cross”.[116] It was said that the additional money might have transformed the health of the city’s poor by creating advanced palliative care facilities.[117][118]

    There is also a Scriptural admonishment on this in James 2:15-16

    Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

    You don’t have to tell me that Mother Teresa was “on the ground” with the poorest of the poor in a way that I will never be. On the other hand, I take the Epistle of James as Scriptural motivation that when faced with a person wracked with pain, to get them a prescription for pain medicine rather than telling them to cherish they way they are imitating Christ. Or to tough it out because they are only contributing to the Opiod Crisis.

    Mother Teresa is who she is and did what she thought was right and Christian doctrine holds that she, me and everyone else will some day appear before Christ to offer an accounting of ourselves, where everyone can benefit to varying degrees from the Lord forgiving us for how we came up short. I am certain Mother Teresa “got that.”

    But the Catholic Church, it seems, is engaging in a rush to declare recently departed persons as Christian Saints, and I don’t know if that is such a great thing to do.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    , @Hibernian
    , @Anon
  26. sayless says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    Can you give any more detail on that, Blair Mountain?

  27. @Inquiring Mind

    The bar has been lowered for Sainthood.

    If you never get caught molesting choir boys your chances are pretty good.

  28. Hibernian says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    I think “Canadian academics” might be a little biased.

  29. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    I always thought that Queen Isabella of Castile should be made a saint for expelling the last muslims out of Western Europe plus the Jewish Slave traders of catholic girls to the brothels of Morocco.

    So should Vlad the Impaler aka Count Dracula for slaughtering the Turkish army. And Don Juan of Austrias for winning the battle of Lepanto And the King Louis of Hungary who held back the Turks.

    They did more for European Christians than all the miracles and prayers.

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