FAST FIVE: SPLC Suddenly Fires Co-Founder Over "Personnel Issue"
Silicon Valley's favorite arbiter of hate, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has fired co-founder Morris Dees and scrubbed his biography from their website, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. The 82-year-old Dees co-founded the Montgomery-based organization in 1971. Richard Cohen, President of the SPLC, said that Dees' dismissal was effective as of Wednesday, March 13. “As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world,” said Cohen in a statement emailed to the Advertiser.
When the Associated Press reached out to Dees by phone, he said the matter “involved a personnel issue.” “Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we're taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve – one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected.” A message seeking further comment was left on Cohen's cell phone Thursday afternoon, and additional question regarding Dees' termination have been sent to SPLC's press office.
The attorney, a Montgomery native, has been a fixture in politics since the group's ascension, though his organization has faced scrutiny in the past.
While Facebook emphasizes its independence from the SPLC, Amazon does the opposite: Jeff Bezos' company grants the SPLC broad policing power over the Amazon Smile charitable program, while claiming to remain unbiased.
Amazon grants the SPLC that power “because we don't want to be biased whatsoever,” said the spokeswoman, who could not say whether Amazon considers the SPLC to be unbiased. -Daily Caller In fact, Apple pledged $1 million to the organization, while J.P.