Political Opinions # 13:Southern Poverty Law Center, Inquiries into Their Motives

INTRODUCTION:

Institutions that have aided in advancing civil rights in America, have made great strides in evening the playing field. Especially, in the apogee of their efforts during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Few individuals, whether conservative or liberal ,would diminish organizations that have assisted in the progress of civil rights. However, in regards to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it seems as if their interests have shifted. Upon exploring their website, it became apparent they aren’t just monitoring issues related to racism. On their website they have a section of “extremist profiles “, detailing data on public figures of specific ideologies.

As you could imagine, most of the extremist under surveillance were racial identity extremists. However, what was truly fear prevoking was the fact that SPLC was also monitoring conspiracy theorists and individuals who promoted libertarian ideals. Which for me opens the floodgates to a plethora of various inquiries. Naturally, it is a little peculiar and even suspect that a civil rights organization is monitoring individuals that are “anti-government “. However, from a superficial standpoint it definitely seems like a potential threat to anyone who ideologically supports small government or distrusts bureaucracy.

SPLC BACKGROUND:

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971, by lawyer Morris Dees. Dees, founded this organization in reaction to , despite the abolishment of Jim Crowe laws, African Americans still being discriminated against due to race. Dee teamed up with fellow lawyer Joe Levin. The organization started monitoring the activities of hate groups in 1980s. SPLC implemented their Teaching Tolerance program, which was anti-hate curriculum that was distributed to teachers through out the U.S.

(https://www.splcenter.org/our-history)

WEBSITE INFO IN REGARDS TO ANTI-GOVERNMENT MOVEMENT:

It is quite evident that SPLC has an agenda beyond merely monitoring
racial inequality. Below details their investigation of anti-government groups/public figures:

” Generally, antigovernment groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Antigovernment groups do not necessarily advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, though some have. Many warn of impending government violence or the need to prepare for a coming revolution. Many antigovernment groups are not racist.”
(https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/antigovernment).
What really is concerning about the above description, is the fact that they admit such organizations generally are not a threat. So why, why would they be interested in monitoring the anti-government movement? If the ideology in of itself does not typically harbor a criminal element, then there is no point in collecting data in such groups. Especially, considering such an ideology IS NOT inherently racist. Since when is being skeptical of the corruption in the government automatically equates to racism and or a criminal element? If anything being utilizing skepticism to preserve sovereignty is patriotism.
CONCLUSION:

The renown libertarian and founder of Infowars, Alex Jones, has
expressed a great deal of criticism towards SPLC due to such surveillance
of “anti-government ” groups. Which is logical considering their website presents an extensive
file on him. However, it is a little Orwellian that SPLC is so closely monitoring conspiracy theorists and government skeptics. It should not be considered a sinister transgression to question out government. Any responsible citizen of the United States would not passively accept the seedy underbelly of the U.S. government. In the almost paradoxical absurdity it is perceived as treasonous rebel rousing. Equated by left leaning establishments as an act of terrorism. It is declassified and well known that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a false flag to get the U.S. involved in the Vietnam War. So why should we trust the government at all? Why it is so criminal to ask questions about the veracity of the events on 9/11/01? Why is it now considered an act of terrorism to ask questions? I find it slightly alarming that we can no longer challenge the establishment, especially when it has such a faulty track record.

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