The Southern Poverty Law Center, veiled in a robe of unquestionable authority and sanctimony by the mainstream establishment, is a cancer upon our nation. Known for its infamous list of so-called “hate groups” they are themselves bullies, harassers, and intimidators of citizens expressing their free speech rights. Never has this been brought into starker relief than in the Douglasville 15 case, in which the SPLC convinced a judge to sentence Confederate aficionados to decades behind bars for WORDS. This was a case in which police originally “didn’t have evidence either way”. This was before the SPLC hate group intervened to persecute the Douglasville 15 for supporting their heritage while white.
First, let’s establish who the SPLC is for those who may be unclear. It’s a legal aid nonprofit founded in 1971 by Joseph Levin. The first president was former UVA emeritus Julian Bond. The SPLC made its reputation collecting scalps of some legitimate white supremacist groups like the White Klans of America and the White Aryan Resistance. They established their greatest claim to fame creating a list of “hate groups” which they defined as having “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."
This was all decades ago. As time went on and legitimate violent racism decreased in our country, SPLC slowly began to expand its definition of what a “white supremacist” and a “hate group” was. Just like other liberal movements they won the culture war. But rather than congratulate themselves on a job well done and move on to other endeavors they used respect they’d garnered pushing back against the Klan to begin persecuting mainstream conservatives and advocating for ever more dubious causes like illegal immigration and transgenderism.
SPLC has used the media’s reverence for their “hate group” list to blackmail and smear both mainstream conservatives and nonviolent identitarians who, like it or not, are only as focused on race as the NAACP or the SPLC itself. The SPLC extremist list is composed of almost entirely white groups and Christian groups with a random Black Nationalist group thrown in just to feign impartiality. Black Lives Matter is not on the list, although they should be since they are a racist group that is responsible for actual rioting and violence. Mainstream conservatives like Ben Carson and Donald Trump are listed on the SPLC site. So are beloved conservative media icons like Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Cernovich and Paul Joseph Watson. Today’s SPLC is pretty much just a left-wing smear racket meant to intimidate conservatives into silence.
This finally brings us to the Douglasville 15 case where SPLC truly jumped the shark into becoming a left-wing, anti-white hate group. The incident took place in the days following the hysteria of the Dylan Roof shooting at a black church in South Carolina. Because Dylan Roof, acting alone, had claimed southern identity by associating himself with the confederate flag, anti-speech forces were clamping down on displays of Confederate flags across the nation. SC governor Nikki Haley had the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the state capital. It was in this context that a heritage group called Respect the Flag got together in a small truck convoy waving Confederate, American and Gadsden (“Don’t Tread on Me”) flags. By some accounts there was some drinking and rowdiness involved.
There are so many unknowns in the actual incident that it’s hard to describe it impartially. There is no video of the ACTUAL incident, just a bunch of hearsay. Therefore it leaves it up to the eye of the beholder what actually happened (in this case Judge William McClain, a white man seeking re-election against a black candidate in a heavily black district). In any case, the truck convoy was riding past a home where black people were celebrating a child’s birthday party on their front lawn. The Confederate side claims that the blacks threw a rock at one of the trucks; it swerved and popped a tire on the curb. The birthday party group say that the convoy stopped out of the blue to purposely harass them. There was also a claim that someone pulled a gun. The Confederate group does acknowledge this but claims it was because they felt threatened by the rock-throwing. Essentially all of this is hearsay. It’s likely you just had two groups, in a window of heightened racial tension, who’d both been drinking and talking smack to one another.
The only publicly released video of the incident depicts a time after the police had already arrived on the scene and the Respect the Flag Convoy is leaving the premises. A number of angry black people are in the foreground of the video cursing and talking smack to the Confederates. Something inaudible is heard coming from one of the trucks and one of the black women who’d been smack-talking starts screeching, “That was a threat! That was a threat!” to police officers who don’t appear to have taken it as such. It comes across less like the woman felt genuinely threatened and more like she inflamed tensions to the point that someone talked shit back to her in the heat of the moment.
In any case, the incident was over and done with. Police separated the two groups without any violent escalation and no arrests were made. Enter the SPLC with their national prestige and team of lawyers. Without submitting any actual evidence of the incident itself, which I would speculate does not put either side in a flattering light, sicked their team of lawyers on the case; coaching the vindictive black lady to decry how the drunken argument had “affected the rest of her life”. The SPLC wasn’t just looking to get any old charge. They sought dubious gang charges based on the fact that the improvised group waved Confederate flags and made "terroristic threats". Obviously drunken smack talk was not what legislators had in mind when they drafted terroristic threat laws. Using their overinflated political capital, SPLC managed to actually get a number of these people convicted for decades in prison. Kayla Rae Norton, 25 was sentenced to 15 years and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, was sentenced to 20.
Let’s be clear: SPLC targeted the Respect the Flag Group because they were white and promoting their Southern American identity. At the same time SPLC promotes and has an incestuous relationship with other identity groups like the NAACP. SPLC used their political influence and knowledge of the legal system to persecute these individuals for their race and southern identity. What happened in Douglasville is not just a continuation of “civil rights” but an open declaration of war against Middle America. There is a double standard which exists in America where peaceful European-American movements are stigmatized while organizations like SPLC representing other identity groups are lifted up into the highest corridors of power. This verdict was a vindictive and manipulative slap across the face to the men and women who rose up against this tyrannical political correctness in November 2016. This was an open declaration of war by SPLC and the Left that they intend to vindictively manipulate the legal system as a tool for persecution because they are angry about the result of the 2016 election. The question is: what are you going to do about it? We have to openly call out the SPLC at every opportunity; fight for justice to those persecuted by the legal system and let our country know that we no longer respect the authority of SPLC to define who is a hate group when they themselves should be on the list.