Southern Poverty Law Center caught up in it’s own scandal

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The Southern Poverty Law Center apparently has a “systemic culture of racism and sexism within its workplace,” at least according to multiple allegations regarding the treatment of women and minorities.

The SPLC was founded in the 1970s as a civil rights group, but has come under fire in recent years for hastily labeling organizations as “hate groups” simply for having opposing political leanings.

According to CNN, the current unrest within the organization came from the employees, particularly those unhappy with “the pervasive culture” that exists a the higher echelons.

SPLC President Richard Cohen issued a statement on the dismissal of co-founder Morris Dees, who was caught up in the scandal.

“When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action,” he said at the time.

Just last week, Cohen himself stepped down as well.

“We’ve heard from our staff that we need to do a better job of making sure that our workplace embodies the values we espouse — truth, justice, equity, and inclusion,” Cohen said, mentioning that the organization would move forward.

One employee said that the president stepped down, but only left because of the culture, not to change it.

Dees told it was not his decision to leave the SPLC, adding that he devoted half a century to the group and that he wishes them the very best.

Meanwhile, the organization is in turmoil, with staff members divided and clear signs of infighting.

“The events of the last week have been a clear reminder that the walk towards justice must start at your own front door,” Bryan Fair, chairman of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s board, said in a statement.

“We acknowledge and take very seriously the significant concerns that our talented and deeply committed staff have raised, and we are committed to listening further, taking ownership wherever we have failed to live up to our own standards and values, and to making any changes necessary at the conclusion of this process to ensure that the Center is exemplifying and upholding them.”

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