SPLC is a group that claims to promote equality.
The organization keeps a running list of so-called hate groups in the US.
Moms for Liberty was founded by mothers who promote the rights of parents.
The two organizations recently collided.
(NewsReady.com) – Civil rights attorneys Joseph Levin Jr. and Morris Dees founded the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 1971 to promote the changes made during the civil rights movement. One of the steps the organization takes to allegedly protect racial minorities and other marginalized groups is keeping track of extremist organizations. Many of the groups on the SPLC’s list, like the KKK and the Black Radical Hebrew Israelites, are indisputable hate organizations.
However, every once in a while, the SPLC adds an organization to the list that not everyone has reached a consensus about. That’s what happened recently when a conservative group of mothers was targeted.
SPLC Report Labels Group
On June 6, the SPLC released its annual Year in Hate and Extremism report for 2022. According to the report, Moms for Liberty, a Florida-based group, has now been designated an extremist organization and added to the Hate Map, which keeps track of hate groups across the country.
According to the SPLC’s website, Moms for Liberty is allegedly a “far-right organization that engages in anti-student activities.” It goes on to say the group “opposes LGBTQ+ and racially inclusive school curriculum, and has advocated [for] book bans.”
The group has advocated for many of the school policies Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has implemented in his state, and other governors are pushing. In the midterms, Moms for Liberty managed to flip at least 17 school boards across the country, making it easier for the group to advocate for its parents and children. SPLC took issue with the group’s policies.
Moms for Liberty Responds
In Florida, Sarasota County School Board Member Bridget Ziegler, who helped found the conservative organization, reacted to the SPLC’s label in an interview with the Herald-Tribune. She called the label “laughable” and attacked the civil rights organization as illegitimate. She went on to say the move was a “leftist attack [and] political hit job.” Further, she believes the group is using “the term hate group in a very reckless manner.”
In Charleston, South Carolina, the local Moms for Liberty chapter’s chairwoman, Tara Wood, slammed the label, pointing out that “two-thirds of Americans believe the public education system is on the wrong track.”
In 2022, The Hill reported a poll conducted for Grinnell College by the firm Selzer & Co found 76% of Americans and 67% of respondents in homes with kids under 18 think schools are on the wrong track.
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