On March 14 of this year, Morris Dees, the co-founder and chief trial lawyer of the Southern Poverty Law Center (splc), was fired. Nine days later, the president of the organization, Richard Cohen, resigned. This implosion of leadership came after rumors surfaced of a long-standing culture of discrimination, harassment, and employee mistreatment.

The splc began as a civil rights law practice in 1971 and later became a nonprofit organization devoted to various social justice initiatives. As the splc tells it, in the years since, the organizations has

shut down some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups by winning crushing, multimillion-dollar jury verdicts on behalf of their victims. It dismantled vestiges of Jim Crow, reformed...


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