Southern Poverty Law Center launches campaign to "Erase Hate", White Power MAD!

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is launching a campaign to identify and remove symbols of hate in public spaces where they don't belong.


"Campaign aims to identify and eliminate government-sanctioned symbols honoring the Confederacy. Please send examples in your community. 
In response to the tragic murders at Charleston’s “Mother Emanuel” A.M.E. Church by a Confederate flag-waving white supremacist, the Southern Poverty Law Center is launching a campaign to identify and erase government-sanctioned symbols of the Confederacy across the country."









"While many flags and other symbols are being taken down across the country, incredibly, many Southern states still honor Confederate “heroes” with paid holidays, and Confederate flags still fly in many public places and are emblazoned on city and state seals. 
In fact, there are still statues, buildings and even a state park honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate general who led a massacre of black Union soldiers and later led the Ku Klux Klan. 

“The Confederate flag doesn’t just represent Southern ‘heritage,’ it’s a deeply divisive symbol used by racist groups, one what was raised above state capitols in the Deep South during the civil rights movement to show that they stood for white supremacy,” said SPLC Founder Morris Dees. “There’s no place for this or other symbols of the Confederacy in our public spaces.” 

The SPLC is creating an interactive, online map of sites throughout the United States that honor the Confederacy or its leaders – people such as Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest. 

To help us, please use our online form below to send the Confederate names and symbols on public property in your town, and send us a photograph if possible.

We’re looking for Confederate statues or monuments; flags; government seals; patches on government uniforms; the names of parks, streets, schools, military bases or counties; school mascots; and other examples. 

As part of the “Erasing Hate” campaign, we’re also preparing a community action guide to help local communities reach consensus on removing publicly supported symbols that represent the slave-holding South."


In response to the Southern Poverty Law Center's new campaign, the White Power crowd is going nuts. One user at the racist web forum Stormfront who goes by "I am awake" writes:


"The Jews are by nature a race of liars, thiefs, and murderers."


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While White Nationalist Brad Griffin notes that campaign at his racist blog Occidental Dissent.


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Griffin writes:


"While some Cuckfederate groups are issuing silly press releases promising to fight “racism” and “hate groups” even harder in the wake of Charleston, the SPLC has recently changed its policy on Southern heritage.
According to the SPLC, all Confederate Battle Flag rallies are now “hate rallies,” the Confederate Battle Flag represents nothing but “hate,” and all Confederate monuments, holidays, symbols, memorials, celebrations, schools and parks named after Confederate leaders should be eradicated from the public square."


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And falsely claims in his comments section:


"They call for the vandalism and destruction of our monuments, but expect us to believe that targeting civil rights memorials are “hate crimes.”" 


The Southern Poverty Law Center IS NOT calling for vandalism or destruction of any kind, they are calling for the removal of symbols of racism and hatred from public spaces.



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Griffin's White Nationalist buddy Michael Weaver adds in the comments:


"We can erase the hate by removing Israel first and foremost."


Sounds pretty peaceful. Southerners, they're just nice, peaceful people, aren't they?




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While Michael Hill, leader of the White Nationalist hate group the League of the South has this to say about the SPLC's campaign:


""The SPLC is helping foment cultural genocide against the traditional, white South. And, as history shows, cultural genocide is often a precursor to physical genocide. It is time for all Southerners, no matter to what organization they pledge their loyalty (if any), to put away the weak and ineffective “Heritage Not Hate” motto and replace it with “No Quarter.” This is the start of our fight for survival against an enemy that is set upon our destruction as a people. 
To counter this diabolical campaign, we suggest that Southerners–not our enemies–define the meaning of our own symbols and proudly proclaim them as part of our identity. These symbols, though historic in nature, have meaning as contemporary expressions of our worth and dignity as a distinct people with a unique and sublime culture."



And Hill channels his inner Susan Hathaway when he writes:


"For every flag or other symbol that is removed from the public square by the enemies of the white South, let us as private organizations and individuals put up a thousand to replace it. And let us also remind our Southern friends and neighbors that secession and independence will put an end to this sort of evil campaign for good!"


No doubt that was Hill's subtle hint at the continued collaboration between the White nationalist group and the Virginia Flaggers.


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Restoring the honor!






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