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Political Correctness

Black, Female Professor Calls Out SPLC Smear Factory

Written by Joe Scudder

Though it is being treated as a source of expertise by government and businesses, the SPLC is a smear factory.

Professor Carol M. Swain was labeled an apologist for White Supremacy by the SPLC smear factory. She had problems with the Southern Policy Law Center back in 2009 because of the way they went about attacking Lou Dobbs and overlooking voter intimidation by the Black Panthers. As if intending to prove her right, that they were indeed a hate group, the SPLC blasted her as an apologist for white supremacy.

Recently, Professor Carol M. Swain wrote about it in The Wall Street Journal: “What It’s Like to Be Smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

What landed me in the SPLC’s crosshairs was a Sept. 10, 2009, Huffington Post blog entry titled “Mission Creep and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Misguided Focus.” I pointed out the SPLC’s silence about video footage released after the 2008 elections showing members of the New Black Panther Party, decked out in full paramilitary regalia, patrolling a polling precinct in Philadelphia where they were clearly intimidating white voters.


I ended my post with a one-liner that raised the ire of the organization and had a devastating effect on my life. I wrote: “Rather than monitoring hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center has become one.”

The SPLC’s retaliation was vicious and effective.


Yet today I wear the SPLC’s mud as a badge of honor because I know I am in the company of many good men and women who have been similarly vilified for standing for righteousness and truth. Other SPLC targets have included Ben Carson (who eventually received an apology and retraction), Somali refugee Ayaan Hirsi Ali, terrorism expert Steve Emerson, political scientist Guenter Lewy (who successfully sued the SPLC), attorney Robert Muise, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, and Princeton professor Robert P. George. The SPLC has tagged Mr. George, a devout Catholic intellectual, as “anti-LGBT.”

Swain, of course, is an African American woman.

Read the full Wall Street Journal editorial.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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