My encounter with SPLC activists

I encountered two SPLC activists today in Portland. Each was soliciting donations from passers by near the university. I stood and watched for a while. They didn’t seem to be having any success as they asked “do you want to fight hate crimes and bullying?” or “we’re fighting bigotry and bullying”. So I meandered up to the lady, not bothering to remove my Confederate hat, and announced that I had been a victim of hate crime and bigotry for four years. She took on a somewhat exaggerated look of concern as I told her bits and pieces of my story. How I, and thousands of others were tormented by intolerant blacks because of forced busing. Apparently, she had never heard of forced busing. I told her that the media will not publish our stories, nor will organizations such as SPLC take our cause seriously. She excused herself and walked away.
The man didn’t wait for me to approach him. He saw me passing by and said “nice hat you’ve got there”. We had a friendly conversation, in which I told him that the SPLC needs to take attacks against whites seriously if it wants to have any credibility. He told me my hat was “gutsy” and was clearly meant to make a statement. My response was that Southerners are often targets of stereotypes and that they are people too, with a heritage and a right to feel good about themselves. He appeared to agree – then excused himself to try to get some donations.
I think it’s encouraging that even in a leftopia such as Portland, even near the university, nobody was paying attention to these people. Apathy has its merits.

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22 Responses to My encounter with SPLC activists

  1. Yarilo says:

    You could certainly have a lot of fun with these kids.

    “I have been discriminated against for as long as I can remember. As a kid on the school bus, I was frequently targeted simply for being who I am; for belonging to a certain cultural heritage. Even today, they look at me and seem to decide immediately that I’m nothing, worthless; something to be trodden on. Like I don’t deserve even the most basic respect.”
    “You poor man. It’s disgusting the way whites have treated others over the years.”
    “Whites? I’m talking about blacks.”

  2. Anonymous2 says:

    A good percentage of these types never forget. They try to. If they’re hit enough times with opposition, they start to crack. The “true believer” is a minority, and he is quietly despised by the poseurs, opportunists, and bored grunts in any movement.

  3. countenance says:

    What? The SPLC is resorting to panhandling on street corners for money?
    “My encounter with SPLC activists” would probably read something like this:
    “They wouldn’t say anything because they couldn’t get the tiny spoon filled with baby pablum out of their mouths.”

  4. JL says:

    I don’t think they’re “activists.” They’re paid employees, and may not have any deep ideological affinity with the $PLC. The annual fundraising expenses of the $PLC are $6.5 million, so it would preposterous if they used volunteers to raise money.

    • jewamongyou says:

      Good point. They’re probably commissioned.

    • rjp says:

      They are paid solicitors.
      I come across them all the time at certain places in Chicago, but in Chicago they are soliciting for Planned Parenthood (I ought to donate the next time and direct my donation to be used to abort black babies …. I think I will (I can be an ass)) and bullshit environmental causes related to mining ….. I am from West Virginia.

  5. Californian says:

    Sometimes these people are trained to give canned responses when confronted. Of course, it’s their job to bring in money, not to talk with people. They have to shake that collection can.
    Still, this was a good example of face to face agitprop. You might get them thinking. In any event, they know there are people who are willing to stand up for the other side of the story.

  6. jay,I’m curious — you said you were wearing a ‘ confederate ‘ hat — please describe, thanks,

  7. sestamibi says:

    Just a minor stylistic criticism: in case some of your readers don’t know that SPLC is the Southern Poverty Law Center, you might specify that in first reference, followed by initials in parens.

    • countenance says:

      I highly doubt that any regular reader of this space doesn’t know what the SPLC is.
      Strange you mention that, though, because something called Student Press Law Center was able to nab the domain name before that other SPLC could, so that other SPLC had to settle for

  8. Justthisguy says:

    Heh. I mind the time a few of us were re-modelling a house for an Orthodox couple. Well, he was Orthodox, she, not so much; she cheated on the virtual camping for Succoth. Well, anyway, I looked at their books. They had a book called “Famous Jewish Statesmen” or something, and Judah Benjamin was not mentioned in it at all. This was in Atlanta, too.

    • jewamongyou says:

      That’s outrageous but typical. By the way, women are exempt from dwelling in the succah.

      • Justthisguy says:

        I didn’t know about cutting some slack for the wimminz.
        Anyway, the husband took his faith seriously, and I don’t
        think she did. She was a genuine JAP, and observant only
        when convenient. I do wonder how long they stayed mar
        -ried before she unilaterally divorced him and took him
        to the cleaners.

      • EW says:

        About that succcah – I read about it here firet and looked it up on the web but still I don’t quite get how the Jews without a suitable balcony or garden comply to this requirement. Or do they travel somewhere to camp?
        Can you enlighten me?

  9. Oz says:

    Hello Jew. I Jew too. Probably older than you, maybe twenty years. I first remember SPLC from the Civil Rights Movement. There were a lot of Jews in the CRM; I was one. In retrospect I wonder why, given the often vast differences in intelligence between Blacks and Jews; but I digress.
    SPLC is trying to make homosexuals a protected class of people, and speaking out against them illegal. They do this under the guise of preventing the schoolyard bullying of “gay” students.
    My experiences were different. I had several ugly early adolescent experiences with aggressive queers, and had a best friend in high school commit suicide after years of molestation by a queer teacher.
    I know of no greater bully on this earth than my homosexualist neighbor Dan Savage, and Dr. Louis C. Chen is my poster boy for “gay marriage”.
    When I share the above with SPLCers, they usually shrink away like slugs from salt.

    • jewamongyou says:

      Actually I’ve been harassed by homosexuals too. I wish the ladies had shown half the interest in me that homosexuals have. Now that I’m older, I don’t have to worry about it any more 🙂

      • EW says:

        My son was also harassed by queers, even on the street. To his great relief, it has stopped when he reached the age of 22-23 years. Apparently they like them young…

  10. savant says:

    Great story…well done!

  11. jewamongyou says:

    Re: EW,
    Observant Jews take “succah-space” into consideration when they buy, or rent, a home. If there’s no other option then yes, the men will visit another location (such as the succah of friends or family) to eat and sleep. Incidentally, bad weather also constitutes an exemption.

    • EW says:

      A-ha. Thanks. I found that due to generally crowded Jewish quarters in central European cities a common succah was often appended to the local synagogue. Only at the photo from Slovakia it looked like a roofed small brick cottage, not a temporary light structure described in the Wiki article.

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