I’m Richard Keefe and I live in Virgina. I’m a lifelong student of language and communication, and I’m especially interested how language is used and mis-used by special interest groups.
Of particular interest is the Southern Poverty Law Center, of Montgomery, Alabama. Billing itself as a “premier civil rights group” and “hate watchdog,” the SPLC uses a variety of public relations and classic persuasion techniques to shape public discourse.
Disclaimer: Any time one discusses the activities of certain self-appointed “watchdog’ groups, those groups will inevitably attempt to link their critics to the very organizations they are allegedly “watching.”
I do not now, nor have I ever belonged to any of the ‘mainstream hate groups” the SPLC “monitors,” such as the Klan, Skinheads, neo-Nazis, or any other group of that ilk.
That being said, I freely admit that I believe that sovereign governments should have control over who enters their countries, and “some of my best friends” are Catholics, Protestants, academics and publishers. All of the above have been designated “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
My intent for this blog is to simply point out how the SPLC operates, using nothing more than documents created by the SPLC, published news reports, and the writings of SPLC founder, Morris Dees.
If you see something that doesn’t look right, please contact me immediately. I’d especially appreciate notifications of web links that are no longer active.
All points of view are welcome here, however, rude, insulting, threatening or otherwise imbecilic comments will be deleted.