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Woke Organization SPLC Axes a Quarter of Its Staff

The hypocrisy is apparent in the Southern Poverty Law Center's recent layoffs. Swimming in cash, why would they get rid of their staff?

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group long-criticized for its aggressive labeling of conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups,” recently purged a quarter of its workforce in what appears to be a desperate restructuring effort. This sudden decision not only slashed its staffing but also effectively dismantled several key departments, shaking the very foundation of an organization that prides itself on fighting for so-called justice.

The SPLC, which harbors nearly a billion dollars in reserves, including accounts in the Cayman Islands, decided to gut over 60 positions, including all members of its Learning for Justice and Southern Immigrant Freedom Initiative teams. The irony here is thick; for an entity that professes to champion the downtrodden and marginalized, it seems remarkably quick to discard its own dedicated employees when financial or strategic expediencies dictate.

Learning for Justice, formerly known as Teaching Tolerance, was conceived to promote diversity in education. Yet, under its guidance, it has often pushed an aggressively woke agenda, including instructing toddlers about transgender issues and embedding critical race theory into school curriculums, which paints America as irredeemably racist. Meanwhile, the Southern Immigrant Freedom Initiative, which provided legal aid to detained immigrants, will close entirely—a curious decision for a group that claims to stand up for immigrants’ rights.

Why this sudden, sweeping change? The SPLC’s statement about streamlining operations to better serve a “multiracial, inclusive democracy” rings hollow when it is the voices and jobs of its own people that are being silenced and slashed. With a funding reserve that could run the center without a penny more in donations for over seven years, financial necessity hardly seems a credible justification for such drastic cuts.

What’s truly alarming here is not just the hypocrisy of an organization flush with cash refusing to protect its own workers’ jobs. It’s the broader pattern of behavior from the SPLC, which has consistently shown a willingness to sacrifice principles and people at the altar of political expediency. This latest move should be a wake-up call to anyone who still views the SPLC as a benign champion of justice. Rather, it’s a stark illustration of an organization that has strayed far from its self-proclaimed mission to become a politically driven entity, only concerned with maintaining its ideological purity and financial reservoir.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.