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Prominent Democratic legislators congratulated the Southern Poverty Law Center on its fiftieth anniversary on Thursday, with out as soon as mentioning the leftist group’s 2019 scandal involving claims of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and a misleading fundraising scheme primarily based on “hate” labeling. They additionally didn’t point out the tried terrorist assault on the Family Research Council in 2012, by which a shooter used the SPLC’s “hate map” to focus on a conservative Christian nonprofit.

Sens. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., together with Reps. Judy Chu, D-Calif., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., joined with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in congratulating the SPLC on its anniversary. They appeared in a video streaming event to commemorate the anniversary.

“Congratulations to the Southern Poverty Law Center on your fiftieth anniversary, fifty years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, of speaking up for the marginalized, of protecting the disadvantaged,” Abrams mentioned. “We appreciate everything you’ve done.”


“Thank you for decades of look defending civil rights in the United States,” Ossoff mentioned. “I’m deeply concerned, like many of you, by the rising level of polarization, hatred, and mistrust in our society.”

Stacey Abrams speaks to Biden supporters (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Stacey Abrams speaks to Biden supporters (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

“SPLC is a catalyst for justice in the South and beyond,” Warnock mentioned. “By speaking up against hatred and extremism, by speaking justice, promoting anti-racism and tolerance, and celebrating our nation’s rich diversity, SPLC gets us closer to building a more perfect union, a beloved community.”

“SPLC has been a bastion of civil rights for half a century, fighting to make our country’s promise of equality and justice for all a reality,” Booker mentioned.

“I want to thank the SPLC for doing all the amazing work you do,” Chu mentioned.

“Over the last half-century, the SPLC has been at the forefront of our nation’s efforts to confront hatred and extremism,” Nadler mentioned. “This country is a better place because of your work to promote racial justice, celebrate diversity, and advance the civil and human rights of all people.”

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock speaks on January 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage - RC2V1L9AL5DA

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock speaks on January 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage – RC2V1L9AL5DA

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has always been and continues to be unwavering in its resolve to promote justice and racial equality,” Thompson mentioned.


None of those Democrats addressed the scandal that led the SPLC to fireside its co-founder, Morris Dees, in 2019. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, government vice chairman on the Family Research Council, emphasised that scandal and the tried terrorist assault at his group.

“What cannot be lost on the SPLC’s anniversary celebration is that their employees have identified racism and sexual harassment as a part of the SPLC’s culture,” Boykin informed Fox News.

Indeed, the SPLC fired Dees within the wake of claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment that traced again a long time. SPLC President Richard Cohen resigned and the SPLC promised an inner evaluation, the outcomes of which have yet to become public. Amid this scandal, a former staffer got here ahead, claiming that the SPLC makes use of its “hate group” accusation to magnify hate in a fundraising scheme to “bilk” donors. Critics have claimed that the SPLC manufacturers mainstream conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups,” inserting them on an inventory with really hateful organizations just like the Ku Klux Klan.

Boykin addressed that hate-labeling scandal. “The shooter who came into the FRC building in August of 2012 admitted that he was motivated by the SPLC’s ‘hate map,'” he added.


“The shooter, Floyd Corkins, came into our building armed with a 9 mm pistol, two ammunition clips of 15 rounds in his front pocket, the rounds in the gun, and a box of 50 additional rounds,” Boykin mentioned. “He also had 15 individually wrapped Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He was not puffing things up when he told the investigators that he intended ‘to kill as many people as [he] could.’ He shot our building manager, Leo Johnson, shattering the major bones of his left arm. Even after taking a bullet, Leo heroically tackled the shooter putting a stop to what would have been a mass murder. Corkins was later convicted of domestic terrorism in Washington, D.C.”

While the SPLC condemned the taking pictures, it has but to take away FRC from the “hate map.”

Fox News reached out to Ossoff, Warnock, Booker, Chu, Nadler, Thompson, and Abrams, requesting touch upon the SPLC’s current scandals and the tried terrorist assault. None of them responded. The SPLC additionally didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's 2020 map of "hate groups."

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s 2020 map of “hate groups.”
(Southern Poverty Law Center)