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    How labeling my organization a hate group shuts down public debate
    By Mark Krikorian
    March 17
    Since 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center has methodically added mainstream organizations critical of current immigration policy to its blacklist of “hate groups,” including the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Immigration Reform Law Institute and Californians for Population Stabilization, among others. In February, my own organization, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), got its turn.

    The wickedness of the SPLC’s blacklist lies in the fact that it conflates groups that really do preach hatred, such as the Ku Klux Klan and Nation of Islam, with ones that simply do not share the SPLC’s political preferences. The obvious goal is to marginalize the organizations in this second category by bullying reporters into avoiding them, scaring away writers and researchers from working for them, and limiting invitations for them to discuss their work.

    The rationale offered for CIS’s inclusion on the blacklist is implausible even for those predisposed to support blacklists. The SPLC long ago made a hate figure of John Tanton, a controversial Michigan eye doctor it breathlessly describes as the “puppeteer” of various groups skeptical of current immigration policy, including CIS. But whatever his vices and virtues, they are irrelevant to CIS; as he himself has written, “I also helped raise a grant in 1985 for the Center for Immigration Studies, but I have played no role in the Center’s growth or development.”
    The SPLC may have done someworthwhile work 40 or 50 years ago, but it has long since been hijacked and reforged into a weapon to use in political fights having to do with little hate other than the SPLC's. And the SPLC's agendizing their "hate group" list has had consequences more serious than "merely" marginalizing good people.
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    They have an interesting hate map: https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

    Mississippi funded its charter schools through an unconstitutional scheme that diverted public tax dollars from traditional public schools. The SPLC filed a lawsuit in state court to end the funding system.

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    Mississippi parents win right to intervene in charter school lawsuit
    By Steve Wilson
    September 28, 2016
    Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled Wednesday that a group of parents, the state’s charter school association and Midtown Public Charter School can intervene in a lawsuit that threatens funding for Mississippi charter schools.

    In July, the Southern Poverty Law Center and some parents of Jackson Public School District students filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court challenging the constitutionality of charter school funding in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Department of Education and the JPS are listed as defendants in the case.
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    “These parents just want a voice in this proceeding,” said Mike Hurst, director of the nonprofit Mississippi Justice Institute, who is representing the parents. “If the Southern Poverty Law Center is successful, the charter schools will be shut down and these parents will have to send their children to schools that aren’t meeting their needs.”

    All three of the state’s charters are located within the boundaries of the Jackson Public School District, which earned a D-grade in the latest school accountability ratings by the state Education Department.
    Putting Government control of schools over the schools' alleged purpose, educating children.
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