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Morris Dees

Morris Dees is giving a lecture here next month. I’ll probably go check it out, even though it costs money. The promotional poster for the lecture includes this line:

Using the law like a sword, Dees has dismantled hate groups…

That’s probably a good example of why he receives some of the criticism he does. Hate groups shouldn’t be dismantled through the law unless they are involved in criminal acts. Hate groups are often (almost always, even) involved in those sorts of acts, but I still don’t like the assumption that they should be attacked legally just for being hate groups.

Outside of that, Dees and the SPLC have done a good job informing and educating us about the activities of hate groups, so we can fight them in the realm of ideas. That is to be commended.

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