SPLC’s New Hate Report Fudges Numbers

Article Source: Reason

Article Source: Reason

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released its annual report on hate groups in the U.S., setting a new record by including Moms for Liberty, a rapidly growing organization dedicated to empowering parents to be involved in their child’s public-school education.
  • The SPLC has been criticized for its methodology, which counts even small and insignificant hate groups and counts dissolved groups as separate entities in subsequent reports.
  • In 2020 and 2021, the number of hate groups appeared to decrease, contradicting the SPLC’s goal of raising concerns about rising hate. To maintain the narrative, the SPLC combined hate groups with antigovernment groups in the report.
  • The 2022 report fails to distinguish between hate groups and anti-government extremists, resulting in a larger total count.
  • The SPLC defends its classification of Moms for Liberty as an extremist group by citing isolated instances of violent threats and disagreement with the group’s political agenda, blurring the line between hateful behavior and political organizing. Read More

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