There’s still good money in this strange creature known as “poverty law,” it turns out.
The successful fundraising firm, the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, sent out a mass email today hailing the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president. Incidentally, according to its most current publicly available tax return (2005), the fabulous wealthy nonprofit took in a staggering $110,924,926 in donations in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and reported 2005 year-end assets of $212,958,685 (that’s more than the Heritage Foundation has in assets).
The SPLC exaggerates the scope of racism in the nation in order to frighten donors into opening their wallets. SPLC is nominally a public interest law firm, but it spends little on actual litigation. Instead, it uses politically skewed definitions of racism to indoctrinate children while smearing conservatives who question racial preference programs.
I received a mass email today from Richard Cohen, president and CEO (2005 salary including deferred benefits: $320,824) of the SPLC.
According to the SPLC, Amerikkka is great country now that the new regime is on its way (emphasis added below):
What an exhilarating night!
We’ve just witnessed an historic transformation, one of those singular moments in our history that we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives.
In this new day, all our children can dare to believe in the promise of the American ideal, the principle that their horizons are limited only by the reach of their aspirations, not by the color of their skin.
Around the world, people everywhere are seeing a new face of America, one that is more tolerant and more just. This is a credit to the sacrifices and the determination of millions of people, like you, who have worked so hard to make equality in our country more than just a dream. As President-elect Obama said to his supporters last night, “This is your victory.”
This election, of course, can never erase the ugly stain of slavery and cannot reverse overnight its terrible, enduring legacy of poverty, discrimination and bigotry.
Nor does it mark the end of overt hate and racism. The campaign exposed deep hostility and even rage among some white Americans who cannot yet accept the idea of a black man as our nation’s leader. And many white supremacists believe this election will rally white people to their cause, especially when our economy is teetering on the edge of an abyss.
I hope and believe that they are wrong, that the growing number of Americans who cherish justice and tolerance will drown out the fear and bigotry that have held our country back for too long.
For now, let’s all celebrate the promise of a new era. Tomorrow, let’s get back to work to make that promise a reality.
Who knew the SPLC’s rhetoric so closely matched William Ayers’s?
It’s morning in Amerikkka!
For a long time the SPLC’s shtick has been to try and trick its gullible liberal donors into believing that America is a vile country with a Klansman hiding under every bed. It’s a lucrative scam, as we reported in the November 2006 edition of Organization Trends.
SPLC, incidentally, was founded by political fundraiser extraordinaire Morris Dees (2005 salary including deferred benefits: $318,291).