In a column entitled "The truth about 'hate crimes' and the racial justice racket" published December 3rd, 2008 by the Baltimore Sun, weekly columnist Ron Smith lashes out at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), denouncing it as a clever scam and exposing its liberal bias.
The "hate" business has been good to SPLC Director Morris Dees, who just got through convincing an all-white jury in Kentucky to extort $2.5 million from the Imperial Klans of America and a couple of former IKA members who participated in an attack on an Ecuadorean immigrant. Here's how good the hate racket has been for Dees, according to Smith:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a thriving business. The Alabama-based "nonprofit" firm has become a font of riches for founder Morris Dees and his associates. Its last tax return (2005) showed it took in nearly $111 million in donations the previous four years alone and reported assets of $189.4 million at the end of 2005. [Ed. Note: According to the Charity Navigator website, the SPLC raked in over $13. 3 million in net profit in 2006.]
Its business is fundraising, and its success at raking in the cash is based on its ability to sell gullible people on the idea that present-day America is awash in white racism and anti-Semitism, which it will fight tooth-and-nail as the public interest law firm it purports to be. That might lead a skeptic to wonder why it spends little on litigation and why Mr. Dees pockets a lot of money sent in by panicked donors who buy into the smear campaigns against organizations or prominent individuals who question racial preference programs.
To me and to other observant conservatives, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a clever scam, relentlessly cultivating for profit the fear that this nation is filled with Klansmen and rife with people eager to perpetrate genocide.
Smith goes on to illustrate how selective the SPLC is about hate crimes. When the perpetrators are White, Dees trumpets it from the housetops. But when four Black Marines recently fragged a White Marine NCO in Winchester, California because he was married to a Black woman, the SPLC remained silent. Smith continues to expose this dichotomy, as well as the fact that interracial crime is disproportionately black-on-white:
"Hate crimes," as trumpeted by the likes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, are a questionable legal construct used almost exclusively against whites.
Hateful or not, interracial violent crime is overwhelmingly Black on White or Black on Asian. The Department of Justice's figures show that between 2001 and 2003, Blacks were 39 times more likely to commit violent crimes against Whites than the reverse. Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving Blacks and Whites, Blacks commit 85 percent and Whites commit 15 percent.
But desperate to keep the donation spigot cranked wide open, the SPLC has steadily expanded the category and number of its victims. Ranging far beyond hunting "racists", they now denounce mainstream immigration restrictionists such as FAIR, American Border Patrol, the Minutemen, John Tanton, and even CNN's Lou Dobbs as "xenophobes", as if xenophobia was some sort of sin. They even consider the FLDS a hate group, and have just submitted a brief to the California Supreme Court asking them to overturn the democratically-voted Proposition 8. The SPLC needs victims to survive.
Ron Smith can be heard weekdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., on 1090 WBAL-AM and WBAL.com. His column appears Wednesdays in The Baltimore Sun. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.