Trust Not the Southern Poverty Law Center

Article author: 
Charlotte Allen
Article publisher: 
Weekly Standard
Article date: 
7 March 2017
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

It's hard to say what's worse: the outrageousness of the Southern Poverty Law Center in pinning the label "white nationalist" and "extremist" on anyone who bucks the prevailing politically correct narrative, or the credulity of the mainstream media in treating the SPLC as a neutral source.

As you probably know by now, Bell Curve author and American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray, invited as a guest speaker to discuss his latest book about class divisions, Coming Apart, on March 2 at Middlebury College in Vermont, was blocked from speaking by a horde of militant student protesters...

A story posted the same day by Washington Post reporter Peter Holley stated, "The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Murray a white supremacist and a eugenicist."

... Murray, who has a doctorate in political science from MIT and who co-authored The Bell Curve (1994) with the now-deceased Harvard professor Richard Herrnstein, pointed out that he had been married for 13 years to an Asian woman and has two Asian children, so he could hardly be called a white supremacist. (The Bell Curve used social-science research to point out that "American society has become cognitively stratified." The book's noticing that scores on IQ tests vary by ethnic groups earned Murray 23 years' worth of hatred by the politically correct.)...

The idea that the SPLC offers neutral expertise on extremism is laughable. It has been a fund-raising Colossus for decades (see my WEEKLY STANDARD article, "King of Fearmongers," April 15, 2013)... Reporters should be ashamed of treating it as an arbiter of respectability.



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