Exposing the SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center - Morris Dees hate group

Selected articles on the Southern Poverty Law Center - SPLC

The SPLC File - An Exclusive Report on the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Social Contract, Spring, 2018. Articles include:

  • The $outhern Poverty Law Center ...and the latest scourge of blacklisting, career-purging, and political cleansing, by The Social Contract Editors
  • A Peek Into Hate, Inc., by Peter B. Gemma
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center - Institution of weaponized hate, by James Simpson
  • Cooking the Books on 'Hate' - A closer look at SPLC's famous list, by Steven Menzies
  • The Church of Morris Dees - How the Southern Poverty Law Center profits from intolerance, by Ken Silverstein
  • Why the Government Should Sever Its Ties with the SPLC, by Social Contract Editors
  • In the War to Defend Western Civilization from Jihadist Islam, the SPLC Sides with the Enemy, by Brenda Walker
  • Law Enforcement Agent Condemns SPLC, by Social Contract Editors
  • SPLC: Extreme Left-Wing 'Muckrakers', by The Social Contract Editors
  • Teaching Tolerance - The SPLC's youth mission, by Martin Witkerk
  • Bill Ayers and the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance Project, by The Social Contract Editors
  • SPLC: Radical Evil Posing as Good, by John Vinson
  • An Expert on Fringe Political Movements Reflects on the SPLC's Political Agenda An exclusive interview with author and researcher Laird Wilcox, by Peter B. Gemma
  • The Practice of Ritual Defamation - How values, opinions, and beliefs are controlled in democratic societies, by Laird Wilcox
  • SPLC: Morris Dees' Award-Winning Cash Machine, by Wayne Lutton
  • The SPLC's Censorship Collaboration with Google, by Fred Elbel
  • The Deceptive Methods of the Southern Poverty Law Center, by Dave Gibson
  • The SPLC State ...and the unprecedented threat to civil liberties, by James Kirkpatrick
  • SPLC's MO: Audacter calumniare, semper aliquid haeret (Slander boldly, something always sticks), by John H. Tanton


The John Tanton 'White Nationalist' Smear, by K.C. McAlpin, July, 2018.

Morris Dees background information, Discover The Networks, 2018.


King of Fearmongers - Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, scaring donors since 1971, by Charlotte Allen, Weekley Standard, April 15, 2013.


Southern Poverty Law Center: Wellspring of Manufactured Hate, by James Simpson, Capital Research Center, September 25, 2012.

Southern Poverty Law Center's Lucrative 'Hate Group' Label, by Rosslyn Smith, American Thinker, August 20, 2012.


Racial Racketeering for Fun and Profit: The Southern Poverty Law Center Scam, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, LewRockwell.com, June 22, 2011.


The Southern Poverty Law Center - A Special Report, The Social Contract, Spring 2010. Multiple articles are contained in this journal issue.

CIS Report: SPLC Manipulating the media with smear campaign, Center for Immigration Studies, March, 2010.


Mission Creep and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Misguided Focus, by Carol M. Swain, Political Analyst, Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University, August 10, 2009.

Hate and Slander for Profit - Dissecting the Southern Poverty Law Center Report, by Dan Amato, Digger's Realm, August, 2009.

The American Institute of Philanthropy's Charity Watch gave the SPLC an overall rating of F from 1999 through August, 2009.

King of the Hate Business - With haters on the wane, what will the hate-seekers do?, by Alexander Cockburn, The Nation, April 29, 2009.

Good News: SPLC loses $50 Million. Bad news: $PLC can afford it, by Patrick Cleburne, VDare, April 8, 2009.

2008 and earlier

The truth about 'hate crimes' and the racial justice racket, by Ron Smith, BaltimoreSun.com, December 3, 2008.

The Southern Poverty Law Center - No Artistry in its Smears / Clumsy Smear Masters, by Don Feder, Charleston City Paper, December 13, 2007.

The Southern Poverty Law Center: A Twisted Definition of Hate, by Matthew Vadum, Capital Research Center, November 1, 2006.

Charity Navigator gave the SPLC an overall rating of only one star and a score of only 39 in 2004.

Who is the Southern Poverty Law Center and What is Their Role in the Campaign Against Prop. 2004, FAIR, August 24, 2004.

When a hate crime is something to love, by Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times, February 9, 2004.

Lump of Coal, Fairfax Journal, December 16, 2003.

Morris Dees Fact Sheet, The Patriotist, JR Books Online, August 30, 2003.

Wypijewski Replies on the Southern Poverty Law Center, by JoAnn Wypijewski, The Nation, February 8, 2001.

Intolerance Identified - Morris Dees and The Southern Poverty Law Center, by Karen De Coster, originally published on ZolaTimes.com, December, 2000, and The Laissez Faire City Times, December, 2000.

The Church of Morris Dees, by Ken Silverstein, Harpers, November, 2000.

Morris Dees Personal Information.

Article excerpts on the Southern Poverty Law Center - SPLC

From the article Southern Poverty Law Center's Lucrative 'Hate Group' Label

...the not-for-profit SPLC ostensibly began its mission to help those who had been victimized by civil rights violations by filing suits on their behalf. In recent years, the SPLC greatly expanded its definition of civil rights and hate groups to the point where any organization that opposes the left's favored causes risks being labeled a hate group by the SPLC. It has also moved away from suing on behalf of the aggrieved to raising awareness of the presence of "hate groups." Most of all, for the last 35 years, it has become a real fundraising dynamo...

...Perhaps if you personally know people who swear by the validity of the new SPLC hate map you may want to nicely inform them they are now charter members of the new secular version of the PTL Club and watch the reaction. If they get angry, remind them that this is not the assessment of the political right. The most damning quotes about Dees and the SPLC all come from former associates on the political left.

From the article King of Fearmongers - Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, scaring donors since 1971

One of the SPLCís leitmotifs is that there is an ever-spiraling amount of hate in America, and sure enough, its state-by-state list of hate and patriot groups has grown steadily over the years, especially during the presidency of Obama, a godsend to the SPLCís fundraisers because of his race and his pro-gun control and pro-gay marriage stances. In the SPLCís latest hate report, issued on March 5, it counted a record 1,360 patriot groups alone during 2012, up 6.75 percent since 2011 and up by almost a factor of 10 from the mere 149 such organizations that the SPLC had counted just before Obama was elected in 2008.

From the article Lump of Coal:

... human nature being what it is, there always seems to be a lump of coal lurking among the sugarplums. We were reminded of this unpleasant fact again by a Journal reader in Arlington who considered making a contribution to the Southern Poverty Law Center, listed as No. 0454 in the Combined Federal Campaign...

In fact, unknown to most CFC donors, the tax-exempt SPLC flunked an audit by the Arlington-based Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, which requires that "a reasonable percentage, at least 50 percent of total income from all sources, should be applied to programs and activities directly related to the purposes for which the organization exists."

...SPLC...spent 89 percent of its total income on fund-raising and administrative costs...

Granted, administrative costs tend to run high when executive salaries are in the six-figure range. For example,... Morris Dees, SPLC's chief trial lawyer, pulls down a cool $280,699...

... give your hard-earned dollars to a real charity, not a bunch of slick, parasitic hucksters who live high on the hog by raising money on behalf of needy people who never see a dime of it.

From the article Racial Racketeering for Fun and Profit: The Southern Poverty Law Center Scam:

There have never been any left-wing groups on the SPLCís lengthy list of "hate groups." Itís "Hate Watch" Web site clearly states that it is supposedly "Keeping and Eye on the Radical Right." There is no mention of the Radical Left, such as the organizations the SPLCís board members all have founded or belong to and associate with. When pressed, the professional political haters at the SPLC will admit, as Mark Potok, author of the laughingly-named "Intelligence Report" did, that his "hate group" list is "all about ideology," as Menzies writes.

From the article The Church of Morris Dees:

In 1986, the center's entire legal staff quit in protest of Dees's refusal to address issues--such as homelessness, voter registration, and affirmative action--that they considered far more pertinent to poor minorities, if far less marketable to affluent benefactors, than fighting the KKK. Another lawyer, Gloria Browne, who resigned a few years later, told reporters that the center's programs were calculated to cash in on "black pain and white guilt."

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been rated "poor" by Charity Navigator, stating that net assets were $152 million.

From the article King of the Hate Business:

The sun is dipping low in the evening sky over the Republican Party as the Other Leading Brand... It's also horrible news for people who raise money and make money selling the notion there's a right resurgence out there in the hinterland with massed legions of haters, ready to march down Main Street draped in Klan robes, a copy of "Mein Kampf" tucked under one arm and a Bible under the other.

What is the arch-salesman of hate mongering, Mr. Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, going to do now?...

Dees and his hate-seekers scour the landscape for hate like the arms manufacturers inventing new threats and for the same reason: It's their staple.

From the article When a hate crime is something to love:

...Morris Dees [founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center] won a judgment for a black woman whose son was killed by Klansmen. She received $51,875 as settlement. Mr. Dees, according to an investigation by the Montgomery Advertiser, pulled in $9 million from fund-raising solicitation letters that featured a particularly gruesome photograph of the grieving mother's son. Mr. Dees, who pays himself an annual salary of $275,000, offered the grieving mother none of the $9 million her son's death made for him.

Mr. Dees, in fact, earns - or is paid, which is not necessarily the same thing - more than nearly any officer of other advocacy groups surveyed by the National Journal, more than the chairmen of the ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Children's Defense Fund.

"You are a fraud and a con man," Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, which actually takes on dozens of death-penalty appeals for poor blacks every year, once told him. "You spend so much, accomplish so little, and promote yourself so shamelessly."...

White guilt can be manipulated with black pain, but it has to be done carefully. It's a sordid scam. Some people would call what Morris Dees does a hate crime, but it's a living, and a very good one.

Substantial revenue can be generated from peddling hate, as the SPLC well knows. Here's their complete Form 990 as required by IRS for tax-exempt non-profit organizations (here's a snapshot of salaries from the form). It includes a list of the schools and local governments that have signed on to disseminate their hate ("tolerance") propaganda. Total salaries exceed $4.5 million.

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