Good news! Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees

Article CAIRCO note: 
Probably too little too late.
Article author: 
Melissa Brown and Brian Edwards
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Montgomery Advertiser
Article date: 
15 March 2019
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National News
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired Morris Dees, the nonprofit civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.

SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement Dees' dismissal was effective on Wednesday, March 13. When pressed for details on what led to the termination, the organization declined to elaborate....

Dees, 82, co-founded the Montgomery-based organization in 1971. ...

A 1994 Montgomery Advertiser series provided a deep look into the organization controlled by the multimillionaire Dees, illustrating his near-singular control over the organization and its mammoth budget.

The series, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, revealed a figure seen as heroic by some and single-minded by others. Dees' critics said he was more concerned with fundraising than litigating.

The series also 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....

SPLC [has] a war chest of funds that dwarfs over NAACP and Equal Justice Initiative...

SPLC still fell behind other groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, which pulled in more than $526 million between its main nonprofit and foundation in 2017 filings, with several local groups collecting additional millions of dollars not included in that figure.

In recent years, the organization has become nationally known and scrutinized for its Hatewatch ...


SPLC’s Morris Dees Fired After BLP Exposé, Employees Detail Internal Strife, Big League Politics, March 14, 2019:

... Morris had previously been accused of discriminatory treatment of black employees.

When Big League Politics;called the SPLC media center to ask why specifically Dees was fired, we were stonewalled.

Last year, Big League Politics exposed several alleged misdeeds of Dees from court documents obtained from his divorce proceedings. The bombshell revelation was that Dees was accused of attempting to molest his stepdaughter with a sex toy. He also allegedly had an affair with an SPLC employee.

The SPLC works with tech companies to label mainstream conservative organizations as “hate groups”, helping to facilitate the de-platforming of members of those organizations....

Learn more about the SPLC - Southern Poverty Law Center hate group

Morris Dees Fact Sheet, Originally published by The Patriotist.

Morris Dees background information, Discover the Networks.

Morris Dees Personal Information, references and video compiled by The Social Contract.

Southern Poverty Surpasses Half Billion in Assets; $121 Million Now Offshore, Washington Free Beacon, March 14, 2019.