Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Antidote to Ann Coulter in Laramie -- Southern Poverty Law Center speech in Casper

Right-wing crank Ann Coulter speaks on March 31 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Thus far, no rich alumni have threatened to withdraw funds from UW in protest (as they did with Bill Ayers last spring). And no gubernatorial candidate (now governor) has complained to the university president.

We are pleased to welcome this person to Wyoming (from a Casper College press release)

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Heidi Beirich will present "Fighting Hate in America" on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall in the Aley Fine Arts Center at Casper College.

Beirich, an expert on academic racism, nativist extremism, and the white supremacist fringe of the neo-Confederate movement, is the director of research in the center's hate and extremism department.

According to information provided by the SPLC, the center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. The center is credited with crippling some of the nation's most notorious hate groups by suing them for murders and other violent acts committed by their members.

Currently, as of this writing, there are 1,002 known hate groups operating across the country.
"After a brief decline in the mid 1990s hate groups have exploded, more than tripling in number since the mid 90s. In particular, the number of hate and extremist websites has grown. The SPLC is a highly regarded resource for government agencies as well as academics that study and seek to counter such groups, said Erich Frankland, Casper College political science instructor. "This presentation hopefully will draw students, members of the community, and others to learn more about this pressing issue," he added.

"I was moved to help bring in someone of Beirich's qualifications to speak to the community about hate crimes following the shootings in Tucson this past January. I believe that we need to work toward ending hate in this country," said Mariko Miller, Democratic Women's Forum representative.

A reception will follow Beirich's presentation, which is sponsored by the Democratic Women's Forum, the Casper College Political Science Department, and the Casper College Campus Security Office.

Both the presentation and reception are free and open to all.

FMI: Erich Frankland: 307-268-2490 and Mariko (Mako) Miller: 234-2317.

See the SPLC's "Hate Map" of the U.S. at http://splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map


Anonymous said...

"Currently, as of this writing, there are 1,002 known hate groups operating across the country."

A few facts about the Southern Poverty Law Center and "hate groups."

1. There is no legal definition for “hate group,” which is why even the FBI does not track “hate groups.”

2. The SPLC uses the deliberately meaningless term “hate groups” in its fund-raising propaganda precisely because it allows them to denigrate their perceived opponents without accusing them of any actual crimes.

3. The SPLC’s “Hate Map” is a fund-raising tool, nothing more. It provides no information whatsoever on the 1,002 alleged groups, in fact, the SPLC didn’t even bother to make up locations for 262 of the groups; that’s 26% of the total.


In Wyoming, four out of five of the alleged groups listed are homeless. That's 80% right off the top.


In North Dakota, Vermont and other states, 100% of the alleged groups are phantoms.

4. Since the SPLC is the sole arbiter of the meaningless “hate group” label, AND because SPLC fund-raising is directly tied to creating the illusion of an ever-increasing threat, it is in their direct financial interest to raise the numbers each year.

Since 2003, the SPLC has taken in more than a third of a BILLION dollars in tax-free cash, and yet the number of “hate groups” always goes up.


5. The most ironic (read: "hypocritical") thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.


In fact, according to the SPLC's hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King's home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power in its entire 40 year history.

Heidi Beirich is a public relations agent. She has no legal or law enforcement background. Her job is raise funds for the SPLC.

Michael Shay said...

You have an interesting blog, Mr. Keefe. I was especially interested in the fact that the SPLC has a lack of minority employees. Seems rather odd. I will ask Ms. Beirich about this at her talk in Casper.

What is your overwhelming interest in the SPLC?