Hat Tip, one of our VDARE.com readers for drawing my attention to a fine Anti-Southern Poverty Law Center column by baltimoresun.com's columnist Ron Smith: The truth about 'hate crimes' and the racial justice racket December 3 2008
Noting a reverential reference in his own newspaper on Thanksgiving Day to the SPLC Thug-in-Chief Mark Potok, Smith says:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a thriving business. The Alabama-based "nonprofit" firm has become a font of riches for founder Morris Dees and his associates. Its last tax return (2005) showed it took in nearly $111 million in donations the previous four years alone and reported assets of $189.4 million at the end of 2005.
Its business is fundraising, and its success at raking in the cash is based on its ability to sell gullible people on the idea that present-day America is awash in white racism and anti-Semitism
(Actually the SPLC, which like The VDARE Foundation has 501(c) (3) status, has just filed its 2006 IRS Form 990 [PDF]. Donations $29.3Mm, Endowment Income $4.5Mm “Gains” $10.1Mm, Total $44.7Mm. Expenses $29.9Mm of which $10.9Mm are employee costs. $213 Mm in assets, $184.2Mm in “Investments”, and $21.6Mm in Real Estate Assets (in Montgomery Alabama?!!!).
Our 990 will not look anything like this. The SPLC, with its trademark crude terrorism, hovers near intellectual bankruptcy - but not financial.
As John Derbyshire has phrased it, here is a Bleg: could some business-like VDARE.com reader look through these filings? This is the sort of thing we would love to do, given more resources. But help-in-kind is very valuable, too.
Ron Smith understands the SPLC:
the Southern Poverty Law Center is a clever scam, relentlessly cultivating for profit the fear that this nation is filled with Klansmen and rife with people eager to perpetrate genocide.
And he illustrates the savage bias of this entity by pointing out that the SPLC has totally ignored what Nicholas Stix called here “The Winchester Atrocity”, which Smith recounts in detail. He concludes:
"Hate crimes," as trumpeted by the likes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, are a questionable legal construct used almost exclusively against whites.
Hateful or not, interracial violent crime is overwhelmingly black on white or black on Asian. The Department of Justice's figures show that between 2001 and 2003, blacks were 39 times more likely to commit violent crimes against whites than the reverse. Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
You won't hear about that from the Southern Poverty Law Center or see it on the evening newscasts, because the truth is one thing and the liberal agenda is another.
There is no attribution of the Winchester facts to VDARE.com . Doubtless this professional discourtesy was the price Ron Smith had to pay to get to write about the facts at all. The SPLC’s curse makes it very difficult for MSM writers to quote VDARE.com in any way. (He has, very bravely, had Nicholas Stix on his radio show.)
We don’t care. VDARE.com is at the top of the intellectual food chain. As Peter Brimelow has just said:
At VDARE.COM, our role is to create…“talking points” and make them available to patriots.
Ron Smith is such a patriot. Applaud him