Southern Poverty Law Center president and CEO Margaret Huang spoke out against the rise of “right-wing extremism” in America in an interview.
Huang lamented the state of America today at The National Press Club, calling for children to be educated and “become engaged citizens in a multicultural democracy.” She emphasized the organization’s 50th anniversary and underscored its push to social justice.
Notably, Huang recently argued that Big Tech should “deplatform people who are using platforms to incite violence and spread misinformation.”
“[We] need to see more efforts by the technology companies to monitor their platforms to ensure that there is not disinformation being spread, that there is not planning for violent activities happening.”
Huang also discussed the center’s “Intelligence Project,” designed to monitor movements and trends within the white nationalist movement. She also praised the center’s yearly report on “hate groups and anti-government groups.”
Another SPLC program, “Learning for Justice,” aims to “be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.”
The SPLC is also taking on politics. In 2018, the center launched the SPLC Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) that allows the center to “get involved in political campaigns where our mission is at stake.”
Huang said the need to stand for social and racial justice has gained “a new urgency over the last five years,” referring to President Trump’s campaign and presidency. “Racism and extremism [are] being mainstreamed,” she added.
“We are facing a crisis of far-right extremism and deep threats to our democracy,” Huang said, referring to the January 6th insurrection.
Although Huang mentioned the rise of hate crimes against Asians in America, she did so while discussing far-right extremism and white supremacy. She failed to mention that statistically, African-Americans commit more hate crimes against Asians than whites.
Statistics from the Department of Justice show that 24 percent of such attacks are committed by whites; 24 percent are committed by fellow Asians; 7 percent by Hispanics; and 27.5 percent by African-Americans.
Huang also discussed “the caging of children” at the border during the Trump administration, but neglected to mention that incarcerations have skyrocketed under the Biden administration.
In fact, the interview comes after Huang called on Americans to be more like President Joe Biden and take “a really strong position” against “hate.”
Although the SPLC champions itself as a bastion of civil rights, the group has been hateful to entities that adhere to Judeo-Christian beliefs.
The SPLC labeled the Family Research Council (FRC) a “hate group” simply because the group is pro-life and believes in biblical marriage.
The SPLC’s “hate” labeling of the FRC had grave consequences — inspiring a terrorist attack in Washington D.C. in 2012. Floyd Lee Corkins III broke into the FRC armed with a semi-automatic pistol. Had he not been wrestled to the floor by an unarmed security guard, the perpetrator said he would have “killed everyone” inside.
The SPLC also has a habit of deliberately categorizing right-of-center groups as “hate groups” in an attempt to force conformity to modern social justice efforts. In a massive “Hate Free Philanthropy” memo last year, the SPLC alleged that “hate groups that espouse and advance racism, sexism, xenophobia, and religious bigotry receive millions of dollars from charitable institutions, whether directly or indirectly, philanthropies are, in effect, funding hate.”
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