By Carol M. Swain
Sept. 11, 2017 7:07 p.m. ET
Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee about threats posed by domestic extremist groups. The hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed because of Hurricane Irma. As a black conservative who has been smeared by the SPLC, I recommend against reinviting Mr. Cohen.
When Morris Dees and Joseph J. Levin Jr. started the SPLC in 1971, it was needed and it had noble goals. In recent years, however, it has become a tool of the radical left. Domestically, it uses its influence to paint with a broad brush that smears immigration restrictionists, orthodox Christian churches and pro-family organizations as “hate groups.”
What landed me in the SPLC’s crosshairs was a Sept. 10, 2009, Huffington Post blog entry titled “Mission Creep and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Misguided Focus.” I pointed out the SPLC’s silence about video footage released after the 2008 elections showing members of the New Black Panther Party, decked out in full paramilitary regalia, patrolling a polling precinct in Philadelphia where they were clearly intimidating white voters.
Although several news organizations covered the story, the SPLC ignored the incident. At the time, the law center was spending an inordinate amount of time attacking then-CNN host Lou Dobbs for his relentless focus on illegal immigration. It demanded that CNN fire the anchor. After CNN and Mr. Dobbs parted ways, the SPLC took credit for getting him off the air. I ended my post with a one-liner that raised the ire of the organization and had a devastating effect on my life. I wrote: “Rather than monitoring hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center has become one.”
The SPLC’s retaliation was vicious and effective. On Oct. 17, 2009, my photo appeared on the front page of my local newspaper, the Tennessean, with the headline “ Carol Swain is an apologist for white supremacists.” That was a quote from Mark Potok, at the time the SPLC’s national spokesman. The context for Mr. Potok’s attack was a review I gave for a film titled “A Conversation About Race.” I endorsed it for classroom use because it offered a perspective on race rarely encountered on university campuses. Mr. Potok argued that the filmmaker was a bigot. I felt then and now that the perspective needed to be heard.
This negative article was featured on the front pages of several newspapers and it went viral, especially in black media outlets. The attacks did not subside until this newspaper’s website published a lengthy article titled “In Defense of Carol Swain.”
Being targeted by the SPLC has had a lasting impact on my life and career. Offers from other universities ended and speaking opportunities declined. Once you’ve been smeared in this way, mainstream news outlets are less likely to cite you as an expert of any kind.
Yet today I wear the SPLC’s mud as a badge of honor because I know I am in the company of many good men and women who have been similarly vilified for standing for righteousness and truth. Other SPLC targets have included Ben Carson (who eventually received an apology and retraction), Somali refugee Ayaan Hirsi Ali, terrorism expert Steve Emerson, political scientist Guenter Lewy (who successfully sued the SPLC), attorney Robert Muise, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, and Princeton professor Robert P. George. The SPLC has tagged Mr. George, a devout Catholic intellectual, as “anti-LGBT.”
Whatever label the SPLC assigns, such smears are harmful and designed to destroy the individual’s credibility and ability to have influence in the public square.
Some of those vilified by the SPLC have been subjected to even worse treatment. The Family Research Council and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise have been violently attacked by individuals inspired by the propaganda the SPLC regularly dishes out—which is often accepted without criticism and passed on by media, law-enforcement agencies and universities.
The SPLC should not be dignified with invitations to provide congressional testimony about domestic extremism as long as it continues to advance a transparently partisan agenda—one Mr. Potok has publicly acknowledged is designed to “destroy” groups it opposes.
Ms. Swain, a former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, is author of “The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration.”
As told by the following piece, the real intention of the SPLC it the destruction of any group that it believes is racist or anti-Government, etc.
The prerequisites are always changing with the far leftist leadership of the SPLC. One never knows when one is placed on their hit list, only when suddenly you are accosted by the likes of AntiFa due to your presence on this list, do you know that you are honored with such hatred from the left. Obviously your message is resounding so they attempt to stifle you and your following as it goes against their belief of what is America. Time to join with American Bedrock Foundation and others in pursuit of justice and constitutionally protected free speech and assembly.
As usual, the Southern Poverty Law Center, no more “law” than the “federal” in Federal Reserve, continues to attack the conservatives in our
Country. When will the American people demand an end to this blasphemy?? These types of organizations are funded by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and Soro’s Open Source Foundation, do nothing but cut at the very core of America. The meer fact that they refuse to refute AntiFa as the racist organization that is, is more than enough fodder for fire.
Where is the Southern Poverty Center on this woman. We know that she advocates for the destruction of the West and the creation of the caliphate, but yet she is absent from the annuals of hate?? Just look at the speakers she is headlining with and then ask yourself why these Islamic, Muslim Brotherhood funded events are not shutdown. Can we expect that the radical leftist anarchists will be there to shout down the hateful rhetoric?? Of course not, they are infected and supported by the very same groups.
Where is the outrage from our so called “elected”? They have sold us down the river again. How the protectors of those that have sworn an Oath, a sacred Oath to Defend, could vote yea on this bill is an outrage.
This is not the first time Congress has quietly passed a bill that will take away some of the most basic rights from law-abiding citizens in the U.S., and it won’t be the last. One of the most important things to remember about this legislation is that it was ignored by the media, and while it may only affect the Washington D.C. metro area now, it could be laying the blueprint for future legislation across the country.
They treat real hatred and political disagreement as the same thing.
Again, the SPLC, rears its ugly head and determines which groups are hate filled and which are not. While there definitely are some groups that belong on a list such as this, the majority are obviously politically determined. If you do not follow the same lefty beliefs of SPLC, you make the list. Well the obvious question becomes, what makes the SPLC such an all powerful determiner of “hate”. The media, that’s who and the government agencies that ascribe to their rhetoric and use them as a sounding board. Time to strip the SPLC of it power and stop referencing them as an all knowing source of hate. Recognize the SPLC for what it is, an arm of the “Deep State”.
Source: Charlottesville Shows How Dangerous the SPLC Really Is
At the July 29th “Rally for America”, patriots, Oath Keepers, Citizens, came together to support our Republic. To remind our elected that they swore an “Oath to Defend the Constitution” not the party. That “Sacred Oath” is to the people of the United States of America. It’s a reminder that the Constitution limits the power of the very government that it creates.
We were reminded of the overreaching of our government. Specifically the “Bureau of Land Management“. The agency that used it overreach to attempt to steal the Bundy Ranch cattle and also is denying the Finicum Ranch the grazing rights that they were granted before LaVoy’s demise.
To have the SPLC spin this rally into a “hate America” or an “Anti Government Movement”, elevates the very purpose of coming together to celebrate America for ALL its virtue. Haven’t we seen enough destruction and rampant rioting from those that do not celebrate our Great Nation? Where is the SPLC’s spin on the Antifa?
More than three years after cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, backed by heavily armed militias, stood down federal agents in Bunkerville, Nevada, the antigovernment movement has not forgotten that fateful day, especially as many of the defendants from the standoff are heading to trial.
Another exposed den of vipers that use the guise of “co-existence” and “kumbaya” to deceive those that are not informed. This might as well be another Muslim training camp.
This outfit, The Chautauqua Institution, uses the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) to espouse and support jihad. They fully understand and further espouse the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Civilization Jihad by Our Hands”. They turn the hearts of all religions to do the bidding of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In order to learn about the “Enemy from Within”, here is a typical presentation by this bastion of vipers by Jihadi/Terrorist defender and advocate Karen Armstrong speaking at Chautauqua Institution.
What can you do besides sit there, read this, and get angry?
- Ensure your church, pastor, and religious community is not involved in the Chautauqua Institution, the National Council of Churches, nor the World Council of Churches.
- Utilize UTT’s training programs for Churches and communities to ensure your pastor and church leaders do not unwittingly become tools for America’s enemies like the Chautauqua Institution.
- Contact the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) office and give them the names of Karen Armstrong, John Esposito, Joan Brown Campbell, and others you believe are agents acting on behalf of a foreign power.
- Use social media to ask Sheryl Crow why she performed at a venue that supports terrorists, and see what other acts are coming to Chautauqua Institution soon and ask them the same thing.
- Utilize the resources available at http://www.UnderstandingtheThreat.com and deepen your understanding of the threat to America from the Islamic Movement.
Remember, the best-dressed and “nicest” muslim in the room, is the most dangerous.
Anni Cyrus exposes Linda Sarsour’s newest Jihad of finance and practice of Sharia’s jizya on people of America. The enemies of the Constitution continue to use the very Constitution to attack our freedom. You must continue to educate yourself of these ways so you can see this for what it really is. Take action, preemptive action, to stop this evil today!
This is what “We the People” must continue to do. The people have had enough and are not taking any more. This is peaceful, lawful assembly that we must ALL partake in to continuously push back against “diversity”. This so-called policy is allowing non-Americans to rule over the Americans. There is no good reason that I know of for any refugee, no matter how long they have been here, to be in any position of authority over Americans.
In this case, do you believe a Muslim can “take the oath to defend the Constitution”, when their faith states nothing is greater than the Koran?
A smart, educated activist, Sarsour knew that calling for jihad against our president would be inflammatory. And then she went one step further—she blamed us for being offended. Here’s an idea—when you purposefully try to provoke people, don’t claim victim status when you succeed.
Here we have another Convention of radical Islamist leaders, whom incite more radical behavior against the American culture. This so called convention is nothing but an in your face we’ll show you. The people highlighted by the speakers would be like the Weathermen or SDS groups getting together to glorify Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
This display of hatred for America and the non-Muslim world should to a wake up call to all.
When you have the support of like minded conservative groups and organizations you can achieve the impossible. Now the Oath Keepers wasn’t one of the 40 organizations that were removed, but it goes to show that it is possible to use OUR “defense of freedom” to force these hate filled NGO’s to change their position. With OUR perseverance, we too shall be removed.
The SPLC should be relegated to the dustbin of history like their intellectual inspiration: Goebbels. The networks and major newspapers should follow GuideStar’s lead on this and sever all ties with this vile hate machine. If not for the mainstream media the SPLC would be where it belongs, on the outer fringe of decent society. Like the KKK.
The time is NOW for these bills to progress quickly and then be enforced with gusto. We must stop this evil from growing in OUR REPUBLIC. The Constitution is the “Law of the Land”. The Muslim Brotherhood is instigating the “Sharia” and the Caliphate.
Who has the authority in New Jersey? Are our elected Sheriff’s beholden to the people or the party? These questions are just the beginning of the awakening that New Jersey voters must confront. Are we a sanctuary state by OUR choice?
Time to take a real close look at who is deciding OUR FATE.
Innocuous as it seems, this is really taqiyya at its best. We know the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood are behind the building of these so called mosques. In reality, they are outposts in the West. Awaken my friends and see this for what it is. Now we have the same DOJ siding with the Muslim Brotherhood and determining that when we resist, we end up paying for the mosque.
See this about the Muslim Brotherhood.
The more we look at the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the more we see their manipulation of Western Culture. They use their money, mostly from Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, to fund programs that deceive the non-Muslims into believing that Islam is the religion of peace. They continue the mantra that the Koran is the only holy and pure book of God’s word.
This complicit association with the Muslim Brotherhood and organizations like the Clinton Foundation are the reason the American people will be suffering the coming battle. These are the “REAL” enemies of the Republic. Those that walk among us, acting like they are with us, when their agenda is the destruction of the very Republic that empowers them. We need to awaken to the forces of evil that are using one another to scramble to the top. We are the ones that will suffer if we do not protect our Republic TODAY! We can not be complacent and believe we are bigger than this. Our forefathers fought for our Liberty and Prosperity, so we must do the same to protect that which we have so freely received.