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Stash Hempeck, Hendrum, Minn., Published February 24 2013

Letter: Bias is against good organization

Ryan Jenkins, of Moorhead, in his short letter to The Forum of Feb. 16, shows beyond doubt that it is he who is clearly biased against the Southern Poverty Law Center. Either that or he lives in the outer reaches of our universe, or perhaps in a different one altogether, and thus is unfamiliar with reality.

For example, in paragraph two, he claims the SPLC to be “a very well documented far leftist organization ... caught red-handed ... doctoring ... their data.” Yet he offers no proof of any type, from anywhere, as to the existence of any evidence of this claim.

A cursory Internet search of SPLC turns up the following. In 1981, SPLC helped stop the Ku Klux Klan from intimidating and harassing Vietnamese-American fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1983, a firebombing destroyed the organization’s office and records; two years later, Ku Klux Klan members were convicted of the act. In 1987, the SPLC won a case against the United Klans of America for the lynching of black teenager Michael Donald. In 1990, SPLC won a $12.5 million damage suit against Tom Metzger and his (neo-Nazi) White Aryan Resistance for the beating death of an Ethiopian immigrant. And the list goes on and on.

In short, while the SPLC, like any organization, may have its faults, and while it may engage in actions that are indeed of a “liberal” nature, at its core is a mission to pursue justice for individuals targeted by neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations.

What does this fact, this reality, concerning the SPLC reflect about Jenkins and his belief(s)?