Look, sometimes mistakes are made. And no matter how many lanes its spokesmodel consumes walking down the highway, the SPLC is no exception. It can happen to anyone, whether or not they are trailed by an escort vehicle. Sometimes you spend four days binging on bonbons and insulin. Others you call a renowned republican neurosurgeon a hate-filled nazi bigot extremist without even realizing he’s black–and so you can’t do that. But these are innocent slips and what are you gonna do, call someone a racist over it?
The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced they have removed Dr. Ben Carson from their “extremist” file.
In an unsigned statement released on Wednesday, SPLC said, “In October 2014, we posted an ‘Extremist File’ of Dr. Ben Carson. This week, as we’ve come under intense criticism for doing so, we’ve reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it.”
Perhaps some clarification on those rigorous SPLC standards for extremists: White conservative men. And given that I’d say Uncle Ben was just a bit outside. I wonder if some rhyming reverends can smell the assets?
Though the statement goes on to laud Dr. Carson’s contribution “to medicine, his philanthropic work,” and his “personal story,” they still “believe his views should be closely examined.” SPLC insists, “Dr. Carson has, in fact, made a number of statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are extreme.”
SPLC lists a number of Carson quotes they charge are extremist, including his comparison of Obamacare to slavery, and that we now “live in a society where people are afraid to say what they believe.”
What could this heretofore black bigot be babbling about? People afraid to say what they believe? Why would that be? Aren’t we all free to candidly discuss and debate national questions without fear of reprisal? What’s someone going to do, try to get you fired? And who would do that, the SPLC? Welcome to Neptune, Spaceboy.
SPLC is a group that had raised hundreds of millions of dollars—they currently have $300 million under financial management
Southern poverty seems to have hardly survived its rich liberals.
Quite famously, an armed man invaded the offices of the Family Research Council with the intention of murdering as many staffers as he could. He ended up wounding a security guard before he was subdued. He later said he got the idea of shooting up FRC from the SPLC hate list.
More recently, the North Carolina shooter who gunned down three Muslim students was a Facebook fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least according to his Facebook page.
Depressingly, it appears the SPLC hate watch is going to require another entry–for themselves. It’s going to be quite an awkward phone call when Heidi dials up Mark Potok with a butcher’s bill of hate intended to relieve herself of employment. Hopefully she’ll simply be terminated rather than terminated, as is apparently the custom of vexed SPLC votaries.
But as Ben Carson just learned, no matter how many times you go to Tajikistan, you can never satisfy the Tajiks.