The Hate U Give: SPLC Co-Founder Sacked Over Allegations of Racism, Sexual Harassment

www.newsbusters.org | 3/15/2019 | Staff
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There's a big shakeup going down at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) this week. In a surprise announcement on Thursday, the hateful left-wing "hate watch" group disclosed the sudden firing of co-founder Morris Dees. Although the SPLC declined to specify why, reports of racial bias and a possible #MeToo situation quickly surfaced.

Josh Moon, a columnist with the Alabama Reporter, tweeted, “The SPLC fired Morris Dees yesterday and announced it today. Multiple sources have told me that the allegations of inappropriate conduct involve sexual harassment incidents. Multiple incidents that have come to light after an initial recent allegation.”

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He followed up with, “I have been sent a number of internal SPLC emails that address the ongoing situation and specifically discuss Dees. Looks like a combination of complaints regarding sexual harassment and racial biases in promotion and hierarchy led to this.”

The LA Times reported that after the recent resignation of a female African-American lawyer, SPLC staff wrote a letter to management this week saying, in part, “Allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism threaten the moral authority of this organization and our integrity along with it.”

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alleged discriminatory treatment of black employees within the advocacy group, despite its outward efforts to improve the treatment of minorities in the country. Staffers at the time "accused Morris Dees, the center’s driving force, of being a racist and black employees have 'felt threatened and banded together.'" The organization denied the accusations raised in the series.

The LA Times also reported that Yale law professor Stephen Bright “had long heard complaints about race discrimination and sexual harassment from the center’s former attorneys and interns.”

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