The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) SPLC has repeatedly listed a great many mainstream, right-leaning, and/or conservative groups and persons as “hate groups.”  So indiscriminate are they in their listings that they have been forced to retract “hate group” claims when called upon to provide evidence or to defend its categorization.

The SPLC has been making news lately in relation to its being touted as an “authority” on “hate groups.”  SPLC lists are being used not only by unbalanced people who believe the lists and then go on a rampage but as a means of internet censorship and even massive, unscrupulous fundraising in the wake of Charlottesville.

In a 2007 interview, a former SPLC spokesman proudly boasted that the goal of SPLC, its “aim in life,” is to “destroy these groups, completely destroy them.”

PJ Media reports:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has gained traction in recent weeks, but contrary to media reports, the group does not exist to “monitor hate groups” but to destroy groups that it targets for “strictly ideological” reasons. In light of large donations from Apple, J.P. Morgan, and George Clooney, and CNN’s favorable coverage of the SPLC, Americans should learn the real motivations behind this far-left organization.

In the words of SPLC former spokesman Mark Potok (who spent 20 years as a senior fellow at the SPLC and only retired this year, according to LinkedIn), the group does not exist to monitor hate groups.

“Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups, I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, completely destroy them,” Potok declared at an event in Michigan in 2007.

Potok reiterated this point at a Vermont school group in 2008. “You are able to destroy these groups sometimes by the things you publish,” he declared. “It’s not so much that they will bring down the police or the federal agents on their head, it’s that you can sometimes so mortally embarrass these groups that they will be destroyed” (emphasis added).

The SPLC “mortally embarrasses” groups by equating mainstream conservative, Christian, and other organizations with the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. Make no mistake, this is not a “hate group monitoring” organization, it’s a far-Left defamation racket that exists to target any group it disagrees with politically.

Apparently, this new mission of smearing people and groups who are not regressive has been lucrative, but it’s also rather sad to see a once-important law group turn into partisan hacks spreading the hate they claim to oppose.  [emphasis added]

The SPLC appears to be purposeful in its inaccurate branding of conservatives, Republicans, Christians, and “fly-over” Americans as members of the KKK or as the more fluid catch-all “white supremacists.”  They’re not alone in this, so it’s no surprise that the radical left’s army of black bloc and antifa beat anyone whom they decide, in their frenzied mob attacks, is a “Nazi.”

The SPLC isn’t content simply to “destroy” conservative and non-leftist groups and persons.  They’re moving now into the on-going regressive effort to erase American history.

Indeed, perhaps no group is more excited about the eradication of American history than the SPLC.  They’ve published a helpful list of places and things bearing Confederate names, presumably hoping that the rabid antifa, black bloc, random leftists, et al. decide to make it their mission to eradicate the memory of the Confederacy.

CNS reports:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has now branded hundreds of counties, cities, schools and U.S. military bases as potential catalysts to “unleash more turmoil and bloodshed” – because of their names.

The SPLC website says it has compiled a list of 1,503 place names, monuments and symbols it wants its supporters to demand be eradicated:

“Following the Charleston massacre, the Southern Poverty Law Center launched an effort to catalog and map Confederate place names and other symbols in public spaces, both in the South and across the nation. This study, while far from comprehensive, identified a total of 1,503.”

“More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesville with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed.”

These include:

  • 718 monuments and statues, nearly 300 of which are in Georgia, Virginia or North Carolina;
  • 109 public schools named for Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis or other Confederate icons;
  • 80 counties and cities named for Confederates;
  • 9 official Confederate holidays in six states; and
  • 10 U.S. military bases named for Confederates.

“We will never solve our community’s problems if an entire group of citizens is alienated or feels targeted for discrimination,” SPLC says.

Some of the county names the SPLC says make citizens feel “targeted for discrimination” are:

  • Chilton County, Alabama,
  • Pasco County, Florida,
  • Hendry County, Florida,
  • Wheeler County, Georgia,
  • Bleckley County, Georgia,
  • Benton County, Mississippi,
  • Vance County, North Carolina,
  • Foard County, Texas,
  • Reagan County, Texas,
  • Terry County, Texas

“But, it’s not just counties and monuments the SPLC wants to eliminate. In all, the SPLC is targeting:”

  • Flags;
  • Holidays and other observances;
  • School names,
  • Highways,
  • Parks,
  • Bridges,
  • Counties,
  • Cities,
  • Lakes,
  • Dams,
  • Roads,
  • Military bases, and
  • Other public works

“The top 10 most hateful states, ranked by SPLC by number of offenses, are:”

Virginia: 223

Texas: 178

Georgia: 174

N. Carolina: 140

Mississippi: 131

S. Carolina: 112

Alabama: 107

Louisiana: 91

Tennessee: 80

Florida: 61

Tucker did a segment on the SPLC’s latest attempt to agitate social unrest: