The wackos at the Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual “Year in Hate and Extremism” report last week and it was “terrifying” to say the least.
Their researchers said they had identified an “all-time high” of 1,360 anti-government groups active during 2012 and about the same staggering number of hate groups as last year, a total of 1,007.
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point released a paper, “The Counter Terrorism Report,” calling far right groups “anti-government” while describing liberals as “future oriented,” the Washington Times wrote. [The “Counter-Terrorism Report” quotes the SPLC frequently.] If one questions government policy one becomes “anti-government”!?
Shouldn’t the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?
The “list wavers” at SPLC don’t mention
“Some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S. today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings.” FBI Violent Crime & Gangs.
Matt Barger says
“For better or worse, the SPLC remains the go-to media source for data on domestic extremists of the non-Muslim variety, with the Anti-Defamation League coming in second in terms of published resources. Those journalists who do cover domestic extremism often rely on the SPLC for facts and figures.” –Bloody Hands: The Southern Poverty Law Center
Foreign Policy Group notes
The problem is that the SPLC and the ADL are not objective purveyors of data. They’re anti-hate activists. There’s nothing wrong with that — advocating against hate is a noble idea. But as activists, their research needs to be weighed more carefully by media outlets that cover their pronouncements. – Foreign Policy Group
“What do the Aryan Nations, the Ku Klux Klan and the home of Spokane’s Singing Nuns have in common?
They’re all on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of “hate groups” in the Northwest.
Mount St. Michael, home to a Latin Rite or Tridentine Catholic church, school and convent north of Spokane, has been listed since 2006 by the law center as a radical traditional Catholic group and accused of anti-Semitic activities.”
The biggest issue raised by the hate list is when a local group should be deemed a separate entity from a national group. When you go to find the raw data online, the SPLC’s site explains that it counts counted “1,007 active hate groups in the United States in 2012,” including “organizations and their chapters.” But “The Year in Hate and Extremism” did not make the “chapter” distinction explicit. It is rarely drawn out in the organization’s frequent media appearances, nor was it mentioned in a letter from the SPLC to the Justice Department warning of the growing threat.
One of the clearest examples of how this counting methodology can be confusing concerns the American Third Position Party, or A3P, which is listed 17 times, with each of those instances counting as a separate hate group.
A3P is a national political party devoted to white nationalism. We don’t say there are 102 political parties in the United States because the Republicans and Democrats each have a national party as well as state chapters (not to mention local chapters), and there are states which have A3P listed more than once.
Similarly, the American Nazi Party is listed six times, and the Council of Conservative Citizens is listed 37 times. There are many more. When you filter the list for organizations with identical names, the list of 1,007 becomes a list of 358.
So why doesn’t the SPLC describe its list as 300 or 400 hate groups with 1,007 chapters around the country?
“These are groups,” said Heidi Beirich, who heads the SPLC Intelligence Project. So if A3P activists gather in Las Vegas, “it’s a group of people who get together to promote these materials.” And if a different group of A3P members gather in another state, that’s a different group, according to the SPLC’s count.
What does this have to do with Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism? There is no difference between the SPLC’s “Hate Hunt” and Joe McCarthy’s “Red Scare”. Insofar as the various blacklists of McCarthyism were actual physical lists, they were created and maintained by private organizations like the SPLC.
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