Now that this outfit has been revealed in even the most left wing of publicationsas being a hustle, perhaps now it is time for its victims to commiserate.
I was thinking of something along the lines of what they did with the Madoff con, and other similar cons. Since I have not the budget to produce a 60 Minutes-style expose, complete with crying victims leaning into the embrace of their steadfast but weary spouses, this thread will do. Maybe the victims should first tell us how much they were hustled for, then lay out exactly how they were trapped in the Dees con.
I know at least one of you have already copped to having been bilked. Now that you know were hustled by a con only slightly more sophisticated than the Nigerian email play, will you share with us your feelings? Please don’t make me do a search and out all the simpleminded folks who sent a portion of their SS check every year. This is a safe space.
On another level, we have the many many posters who have cited the SPLC. These naifs overlap nicely with those who believe they can spot fake news. Maybe that’s why the dewy-eyed simps were so happy when Alex Jones got booted, they knew they were so credulous that they must be shielded from what others can obviously discern as bullshit. This thread is also for you.
Even that article recognizes the enormous amount of good the SPLC has done over the years. Which doesn’t excuse any of the organizations’ sins. Hopefully it will do better going forward, because white supremacism in the US is still a powerful force.
Althought the nature Morris Dees’ fuck-up hasn’t been disclosed, I will note that he was fired over it. You will not see this happen with Republicans. In addition, the President of the group has stepped down. I hope the organization is able to clean house, because they do good work in this country.
(I would, however, like to see Morris Dees own up to whatever he did. He’s let a lot of donors down, and maybe caused hurt- I don’t know what the hell he’s accused of.)
“The work could be meaningful and gratifying. But it was hard, for many of us, not to feel like we’d become pawns in what was, in many respects, a highly profitable scam.“
“We were working with a group of dedicated and talented people, fighting all kinds of good fights, making life miserable for the bad guys. And yet, all the time, dark shadows hung over everything: the racial and gender disparities, the whispers about sexual harassment, the abuses that stemmed from the top-down management, and the guilt you couldn’t help feeling about the legions of donors who believed that their money was being used, faithfully and well, to do the Lord’s work in the heart of Dixie. We were part of the con, and we knew it.”
I’m sorry if you’re in denial that the SPLC is a flawed organization with some flawed leaders that nevertheless has done some good things in its history. And I’m sorry if you’re in denial that this doesn’t excuse the bad things its done, including bilking gullible people out of money. But if you’d like to discuss the actual facts of this flawed organization, you might actually find some people willing to discuss it. If you’re just interested in silliness like whatever this straw-man post is (are you of the impression that I, or any particular other posters, have donated money to the SPLC?), then you’ll probably be lonesome.
I’m here to help. I understand it is hard to admit when you fall for a scam. One time years ago I gave a lady $5 on the street after a sob story. She was out there hours later. Those with good intentions are often the target of scams like the SPLC.
When someone in a left-leaning organization does something unethical, this means the entire organization is the same, and indeed, the entire left political spectrum must also bear the responsibility. This is because they are not just wrong in their ideas but actively evil. When the organization censures this person, and even fires the person at the top, this simply proves their guilt, and reinforces the fact that the entire left is to blame.
When someone in a right-leaning organization does something unethical, this means that they were a bad apple, probably coerced into this act by leftist ideas. Because of this, the entire left political spectrum must bear the responsibility. This is because the right-wing are not just correct in their ideas but blessed by God himself. When the organization protects and promotes this person, and denies that anything bad ever happened, and that this story is “fake new”, this simply proves their innocence, and reinforces the fact that the entire left is to blame.
We have a survivor! Perhaps you knew the SPLC stuff was BS all along but cited them for partisan political purposes. Congrats, you avoided the scam, but please hang out to offer support for the economic victims.
“…Center attorneys filed a civil suit on behalf of Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald vs. United Klans. In 1987, the Center won an historic $7 million verdict against the men involved in the lynching. The verdict marked the end of the United Klans, the same group that had beaten the Freedom Riders in 1961, murdered civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo in 1965, and bombed Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963.” https://www.splcenter.org/seeking-justice/case-docket/donald-v-united-klans-america
That’s all for me here. Go to Hell, Op. And fuck off, too.