The SPLC Hate Map
How the Southern Poverty Law Center uses their hate map to silence their political opponents.
What is The SPLC?
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) began as a legitimate civil rights organization. In 1987, it sued the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) for the role it played in the death of a black Alabama teenager and won a $7 million verdict. In recent years, however, the SPLC has become a very controversial and partisan organization. Rather than defending victims of discrimination, the SPLC has changed its focus to smearing any group that disagrees with its own political agenda.
SPLC Uses Their Hate Map to Advance a Political Agenda
One example of the SPLC’s tactics is its “Interactive Hate Map.” The SPLC Hate Map is a scam designed to portray political organizations that disagree with the SPLC in a negative light. Pitched as an easy-to-use list of hate groups, it’s really just a mash-up of organizations that hold political views opposed to those pushed by the SPLC. There are a few genuine hate groups tossed in – most of them neo-Nazi organizations. But the presence of a small number of actual hate groups merely seems calculated to lead map users to the conclusion that mainstream political opponents of the SPLC are guilty by association.
Designed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and published on SPLCenter.org, the “Hate Map” only contains information that the SPLC wants you to see. Anything that might accurately portray a group of which the SPLC disapproves is deliberately left out. While the map may have once had noble intentions, it now has a sinister dark side. Overall, the “Hate Map” actually contains very little accurate, useful information.
For example, groups like the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform(FAIR) work responsibly – and more importantly, totally transparently – on issues connected with immigration policy, national security, and the economy. These organizations exist to inform the public about the potential negative effects of uncontrolled mass migration. Americans want good information on controversial issues, so they can make responsible decisions when voting and communicating with their political leaders. That’s how political debate in the United States works. However, the SPLC doesn’t agree with the political positions that CIS, CAPS, FAIR, and other organizations focused on political issues believe in, so it intentionally misleads the public in order to squelch open debate. It’s much easier to slander your opponents with emotionally-charged slurs than it is to engage them in logical arguments about questionable policies.
“Groups like CIS, CAPS, and FAIR have members of every color and creed. In fact, many of their members are immigrants who are concerned that irresponsible border management practices will ruin the American dream for future generations of people seeking a new life in America.”
Why Does The Southern Poverty Law Center Care About Immigration?
It is not abundantly clear why the SPLC has gotten involved in the immigration debate. Immigrants aren’t a “race.” They come from every race and religion found on Earth. And no one who is not a U.S. citizen has a “civil right” to be admitted to the United States. Groups like CIS, CAPS, and FAIR have members of every color and creed. In fact, many of their members are immigrants who are concerned that irresponsible border management practices will ruin the American dream for future generations of people seeking a new life in America.
Labeling CIS, CAPS and FAIR “hate groups” doesn’t reflect any meaningful research by the SPLC. It’s just a political smear. And the fact that the SPLC has resorted to juvenile name-calling and a politically charged hate map is a strong indication that it is no longer attempting to protect the interests of any particular group that is suffering mistreatment. Instead, it has decided to capitalize on mud-slinging in order to stir up controversy, silence its opponents, and capitalize on fear to generate donations.
That’s probably because the SPLC sees the U.S. as a racist nation and thinks that all patriotic Americans who love their country are racists. If you ask us, that’s a pretty negative view of America. And it’s downright insulting to everyday Americans – who are proud of their homeland and love their fellow Americans, native born and immigrant alike.
So now, Stop Politicizing Legitimate Causes (the other SPLC!) sets out to focus on the positive things America has to offer, rather than the negatives. We bring you the SPLC Greatmap, which shows all the wonderful things here in America and highlights just how wonderful it is to be an American.
Additional Reading: What is a Hate Group?