(Montgomery, Atlanta – Accredited Times) – Showing yet again how Love Trumps Hate, Celebrity couple George and Amal Clooney this week put $1 million of their money where their Nespresso-stained mouths are. The beneficiary: the Southern Poverty Law Centre (“SPLC”), an organization which is clear about one thing – “Both sides” were certainly not to blame at Charlottesville.
According to its website, the SPLC is “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.”
Deeply moved by the Clooneys’ example of moral and civic leadership, progressive outfits Apple and J.P Morgan also each agreed to boost the SPLC’s coffers with $1 million. We can only hope that Apple’s generosity does not impact its ability to invade France. Although these donations were in no way influenced by their likely public image impact, we nonetheless hope consumers will reward Apple and J.P. Morgan with increased revenues. Hopefully, consumers will go on to punish those other businesses which display obvious sympathy with the KKK by not donating to the SPLC.
Consumers are playing a critical part in the War on Hate as they increasingly discover how their purchasing decisions can have a powerful impact on how businesses conduct themselves. There is an interesting parallel with the LGBTQIQIQIIQQQABCDEF+ community. In the past, very few businesses gave the time of day to LGBTQIQIQIIQQQABCDEF+ issues, because there was no negative impact from their inaction. Today, inaction – or worse, promoting ‘traditional’ ideals that were accepted for thousands of years – can be the death knell for a company. Today, CEOs are literally wrapping themselves in the Rainbow flag in publicity shots and bending over backwards to accommodate the strident demands of the LGBTQIQIQIIQQQABCDEF+ community.
The power of the SPLC should therefore not be underestimated. As its website reports, many businesses and online providers are now making it impossible for hateful groups to operate:
“…as the nation grapples with the violent coordination of hate groups across the far-right spectrum in Charlottesville, Facebook has shut down at least nine pages connected to the rally; Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn have suspended several extremist accounts; Reddit has eliminated one discussion community that supported “Unite the Right,” and even OKCupid has kicked white nationalist Christopher Cantwell off the dating site.
By far, the biggest sweep came from PayPal, which agreed to block at least 34 organizations from using its services after an SPLC report highlighted how extremists used the platform to fund the rally in Charlottesville.
“For the longest time, PayPal has essentially been the banking system for white nationalism,” the SPLC’s Keegan Hankes told The Washington Post. “It’s a shame it took Charlottesville for them to take it seriously.”
It is good news that PayPal, Pateron, and other tech companies are finally taking steps to curb the hate on their platforms.”
The SPLC has done a tremendous job in identifying those individuals and groups it considers to be hate-generators. In order to help Love Trump Hate, the SPLC has helpfully provided a ‘hate map’ so that people can avoid coming into contact/ helping over 900 different groups in the United States.
Some of the worst Hate Groups which the SPLC has identified include the following, all of which are highly suspect due to their rejection of progressive ideals and general support for Christianity.
“Family Research Council, a nonprofit, charitable and conservative Christian group and lobbying organization. It says its mission is “to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”
— American Family Association, a nonprofit group that promotes fundamentalist Christian values and opposes same-sex marriage, pornography and abortion.
— American College of Pediatricians, a socially conservative advocacy group of pediatricians and other health-care professionals. The group was founded in 2002 as a protest against the American Academy of Pediatrics’ support for adoption by gay couples.
— Family Research Institute, a Colorado-based, nonprofit that states it has “… one overriding mission: to generate empirical research on issues that threaten the traditional family, particularly homosexuality, AIDS, sexual social policy, and drug abuse.”
— World Congress of Families, a coalition that promotes Christian right values internationally and opposes same-sex marriage, pornography and abortion.
— Liberty Counsel, an international litigation, education and policy organization that says it’s dedicated to advancing religious freedom and protecting the sanctity of life.”
Finally, the SPLC is doing a tremendous job of supporting our Muslim citizens, whether documented or not. It wisely avoids criticizing so-called ‘Extreme Islamist’ groups and rather takes the battle to wicked ex-Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali who advocating reforming Islam.
The future increasingly belongs to love. We can only hope that a Ministry of Love is created to advance the cause of brave organizations like the SPLC.