Robert Stacy McCain, writing for the American Spectator, discloses a report (pdf) by the Center of Immigration Studies that documents the bias of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC has set its sights on the immigration reform group FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) by — you guessed — classifying it as a hate group.
Oddly enough, this condemnation came at the behest of the National Council of La Raza, a far-left Hispanic group which often employs racist rhetoric and supports hate speech legislation and amnesty for illegal aliens. The president of NCLR was personally involved in the SPLC’s campaign.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been involved in other efforts to portray any conservative group as hateful and racist, and ties such groups with extremist militia and racist groups despite all evidence to the contrary. The SPLC has a history of trumping up claims of racism and “hate speech” among right-wing groups while ignoring racially motivated rhetoric, terrorism, and violence on the left. That this group is often cited as an authority of “hate groups” is an affront to serious journalism.