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Sunday, January 09, 2005

SPLC Report

Many people are aware that incidents of racism, sexism, and other forms of violence that is rooted in hatred and ignorance is on the rise in the United States. In fact, much of it is from an organized effort on the part of white supremacists who are intent upon attacking Jewish people; those who are black, brown red, and yellow; women; homosexuals; and even those who they consider to be liberal. I am sad to say that some of the organizations who spread the disease of hatred have become more powerful politically under the Bush administration than they have at any time since the days of the KKK and Jim Crow.

I am certainly not saying that the republican party is responsible for the rise in hatred. But I am saying that many republicans endorse the disease of hatred. And this didn't stop back in 1998, when former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was exposed for having strong ties to the Council of Conservative Citizens. The CCC is a white supremacist organization; CCC is simply an updated play on KKK. Same people; same goals.

My friend Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, informed me that: "Since the incident in 1998, the CCC has become even more extremist for its racist, anti-Semitic remarks and white supremacist propaganda. The Republican National Committee has gone so far as to urge its members not to join or attend any CCC functions.

"Apparently some politicians aren't listening.

"We've compiled a list of 26 elected officials in four Southern states who have either attended or spoken at local CCC meetings. They have included a governor, a Congressman, and a state Supreme Court justice.

"The CCC strives to portray itself as mainstream and legitimate. But it is one of 751 hate groups operating in this country. That's why it is so important for the Intelligence Project to expose these organizations for what they really are."

The success of the SPLC depends upon people like us. I am hoping that you will read more about the SPLC, and support its many important projects. In this day and age, it is important that we invest what money we can afford to donate wisely. I have found the SPLC to be one of the best investments in the United States.

Here are two internet sites you can visit to learn more about the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am not sure this blog will "connect" you to them; however, these are the "addresses" that you should try:

www.splcenter.org

and

www.tolerance.org

Also, write to: SPLC; 400 Washington Ave; Montgomery, AL 36104

Thank you for your consideration!

3 Comments:

At January 9, 2005 at 2:53 PM, Blogger ayshala said...

Your friend that *started* The Southern Poverty Law Center???? Could you please do something for me then? Tell him Thank You!!!!!!!! All my life, that and the ACLU have been the family charities. No matter how tight money ever was, those are two organizations that we couldn't afford *not* to contribute to. When I was little I thought they were "our" church. Speaking about being 9 years old....so that was just how I understood it. Suzy went to church, Bobby went to synagogue, and I talked with my family about the ACLU. :)

 
At January 9, 2005 at 6:56 PM, Blogger Patrick O'Waterman said...

That's really nice! I will pass the message on!

 
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