Southern Poverty Blog Center

SPLC has a blog! (hat tip David,Orcinus)

Blogroll ’em.  Digg ’em.  Bookmark, subscribe, heck, write a small python script to parse their rss feed for issues of interest.

The first post to hit you will likely be this one about a lawsuit against the Klan:

This morning, the Southern Poverty Law Center followed up an earlier lawsuit against two Klansmen by filing a complaint against their organization, the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), and three additional individuals (full story here). Both legal actions are based on the savage July 2006 beating by several IKA members of a 16-year-old boy at the Meade County Fairgrounds in Brandenburg, Ky. The attackers, one of whom weighed 300 pounds, called their 150-pound victim a “spic” and left him with broken bones and other serious injuries.

Hate like this festers where ignorance and fear grow unchecked.  Good intelligence is essential to providing that check.  Now bloggers of conscience everywhere have a great new source for info, and a powerful, experienced ally.

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4 Responses

  1. I wish that this was focused more on a lawsuit against some dumbass racists, rather than “the Klan.” When you focus things in terms of groups, you continue the racialism that separates individuals into these collectivist mindsets. Hate festers where you provide people with limited choices!

    I do agree that it is a good thing that bloggers are picking up on this kind of thing, though. I think the NewMedia is a great tool against collectivism and socialism – of ALL stripes!

  2. If you read the details of the lawsuit, they are basically arguing that the Klan was directly involved. This whole “not seeing groups thing” doesn’t apply at all to organizations. In fact your argument here makes no sense.

    Let’s take an example. Say a college frat, as part of a recruitment drive, had members savagely beat a freshmen deemed “a geek”. Perhaps in some abstract, there is no group, and no frat. But in that moment you are dealing with individuals who are acting collectively. Tackling the fraternity that organized the recruitment drive would make sense, wouldn’t it?

    You are in no way shape or form continuing “racialism” by prosecuting an organization for a violent act.

  3. Yes but by that logic, aren’t we all 100% culpable for the crimes committed by our military? Abu Ghreib? Rape and murder? Or hell, that kid who threw bricks at cars in Singapore many years ago (and got caned for it by the local police) … he’s an American, aren’t we therefore as culpable?

    Individuals acting collectively – we all do this all the time, and that kind of reasoning would implicate everyone, everywhere, all the time.

  4. In a way, we are responsible for the actions of our military. But you are missing my logic. Let’s look at Abu Ghraib a second. If the soldiers acted independently, then that is one thing. But if they acted on orders, then the people who gave those orders are also culpable. The same principle is at work with my frat example, and with the Klan case.

    But we do shoulder a responsibility for the actions of our military, individual or collective. After all, our country recruited these people, and sent them there in the first place. Imagine a school that hires a teacher who hits children. That school would be liable, wouldn’t it? In the same sense, the military is liable even if it isn’t directly culpable for the crimes in question.

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