The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been caught red-handed covering up evidence of anti-white hate being peddled in American schools, as reported in a searing expose by journalist Paul Sperry for the New York Post. The group, which styles itself an anti-hate group, recently released a report entitled “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools” which collated the findings of a survey of some 10,000 educators of K-12 across the country.
The report concluded that “the results of the election are having a profoundly negative impact on schools and students” adding “ninety percent of educators report that school climate has been negatively affected, and most of them believe it will have a long-lasting impact.”
However, the SPLC was only interested in data which indicated bigotry in one direction. They found out of the 10,000 teachers surveyed, “Four in 10 have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation.”
Yet despite asking whether or not respondents “have heard derogatory language or slurs about white students,” SPLC did not include the answers in their report. Paul Sperry requested the information from SPLC and spokesperson Kirsten Bokenkamp eventually told him “about 20 percent answered affirmatively to that question.”
That adds up to some 2,000 instances of bias against white students which were deliberately erased from the report.
This omission is galling because of how SPLC frames itself. It is not a partisan organization lobbying for the Democratic Party. Nor is it an organization that exclusively champions Muslims and other minority groups. It is set up to fight hate, at least ostensibly from any quarter.
“They left that result out because it would not fit their ideological narrative,” former Education Department civil rights attorney Hans Bader told The New York Post. “It was deemed an inconvenient truth.”
The SPLC was in hot water recently after it attempted to include Clarion’s National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro on its list of “Anti-Muslim Extremists.” The list also included anti-extremism luminaries such as Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of the anti-radicalization organization The Quilliam Foundation.
Not only is Nawaz a practicing Muslim, but he has a lengthy track record of exposing and combating anti-Muslim bigotry. He also ran for election for the Liberal Democrats in 2015 and has advised British Prime Ministers Tony Blair (Labour), Gordon Brown (Labour) and David Cameron (Conservative).
Maajid Nawaz’s excellent rebuttal to the SPLC was published in the Daily Beast.
No mention was made in that report, or on the SPLC’s website, of hatred meted out by Islamist extremists against minorities within Islam or non-Muslims more generally, something that Clarion Project covers extensively. Instead they prefer to target the people speaking out against Islamist extremism in an attempt to silence them.
Nawaz’s inclusion in the list showed just how morally bankrupt the enterprise was and how laughable their claim is to be an objective organization with any credibility.
This latest omission has shown that the SPLC is not interested in a productive conversation about hatred and how to combat it in America. Instead it shows that it is taking a partisan line to the point where it is willing to actively suppress information which it collected as part of its own survey that counters its narrative.
The SPLC should not be trusted by anyone as a reliable or impartial watchdog organization.