Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vanderbilt Professor Carol Swain Condemns The Southern Poverty Law Center For Misinformation And Attacks On Free Speech

On March 18th, 2010, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), hosted a panel discussion on immigration at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Among the speakers were Jerry Kammer, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies, Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor of Harper’s Magazine, and Carol Swain, Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University. The discussion was prompted in part by a hit piece written about CIS by the Southern Poverty Law Center in February 2010; read the CIS response entitled "Immigration and the SPLC: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Invented a Smear, Served La Raza, Manipulated the Press, and Duped its Donors", authored by Jerry Kammer in March 2010.

But it's Carol Swain who is of greatest interest in this post. Swain is one of those rarities in the Black community; a Black intellectual who doesn't hate Whitey and who doesn't blame Whitey for all the problems in the Black Community. She's even sought to engage the more responsible element of the White Nationalist community; in her two books, entitled "The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration" and "Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism", she attempts to explore the root causes motivating White Nationalism, one of them being the forbidden aura attached to it by the establishment elite in America. Many people actually consider "racism" a worse sin than adultery.

Thanks to Occidental Dissent, I have found two videos featuring Carol Swain from that panel discussion:

Part 1:


Part 2:


A full transcript of this panel discussion was found at the Center for Immigration Studies website. Carol Swain reports that she was turned against the SPLC by their hate campaign against Lou Dobbs, who she personally knows not to be a racist. Swain herself became an SPLC target when she wrote an article entitled "Mission Creep" in the summer of 2008. She exposed how the SPLC has gradually cast its net wider to include not only racists, but also nativists and paleoconservatives in general. She also talks about their use of guilt by association and outright fabrications, accusing them of making up information and manipulating the media into carrying their water.

Swain effectively sums up her concerns in this segment:

The Southern Poverty Law Center tries to silence people on a range of issues. It’s not just immigration. It’s also people that are pro-life; it’s people that are concerned about racial preferences, people that are concerned about same-sex marriages, gun control, immigration and patriots. And see, I’m wearing my American flag, and you see my scarf here – I mean, that makes me a threat, because I’m a patriot. And that’s how the Southern Poverty Law Center sees it.

And they also seem to believe, and seem to feel that if you’re white – and obviously I’m not – that you lose your right to criticize and protest. And so there’s a double standard. It’s okay if a political minority engages in a protest; it’s okay if a racial-ethnic minority engages in a protest. But in the case of groups like the “tea party” movement, because most of them are white and most of them are conservative, that’s not okay. They’re a threat to society.

And what they’re doing is shutting down free speech in a very dangerous way. And when I wrote my book, “The New White Nationalism in America,” I warned about the dangers of shutting down discourse on legitimate issues. Because of political correctness and the ability of well-meaning people to discuss legitimate issues, like affirmative action, like crime, like immigration, it sort of forces people to have to carry on their dialogue in forms that may be more extremist than they have to be. And so they’re actually making more converts, probably, to extremist organizations than they would if they allowed people to talk about the issues that concern them.

And I believe that, if I were white, I would be concerned about demographic changes. I would wonder about what the country is going to look like in the future, and I’d be concerned about the fact that we have so many poor people. These are legitimate issues to be discussed in public forums, to be discussed on university campuses, but in this environment that the Southern Poverty Law Center and some of the liberal media organizations control, you cannot have discussions about issues that are important like that. And these discussions tend to go underground, and when they go underground, you have like-minded people talking to one another. Cass Sunstein has written about the dangers of like-minded people talking to one another. It tends to make them more extreme.


The SPLC is an organization that has clearly gone off the deep end. Morris Dees has become absolutely drunk with power. But the SPLC has no statutory authority -- they have no more power over us than we choose to give them.

If the SPLC designates you or your group as a "hater", don't run from it or apologize. Embrace and celebrate it -- rob them of their most potent weapon.

4 comments:

  1. The Southern Poverty Law Center tries to silence people on a range of issues. It’s not just immigration. It’s also people that are pro-life; it’s people that are concerned about racial preferences, people that are concerned about same-sex marriages, gun control, immigration and patriots.

    Swain's assessment of the SPLC is correct.

    You can clearly see their influence on the anti-White report the DHS issued last year. Their anti-White rhetoric is regularly cited by mainstream opinion-shapers.

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  2. Correct, and now the SPLC is even going after pro-family groups. The group AFTAH has been targeted.

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  3. Let's not forget Carol Swain's brother was murdered by a couple of black yoofs. I think this swayed her a bit in our direction.

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  4. Why should a negress be consulted at all? Okay, maybe she's some Aunt Jemima or some female Clarence Thomas, but so what? We don't need them.

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