The Southern Poverty Law Center based in Alabama, a nationally known non-profit organization that monitors hate organizations, said it had fired co-founder Morris Dees, who once won a lawsuit that sent an important Ku Klux Klan group into bankruptcy.
A statement by Richard Cohen, president of the legal center, stated that Dees' employment was terminated, but did not provide a specific reason.
"As a civil rights organization, SPLC is committed to ensuring that our staff's behavior reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world: when one of our own fails to meet these standards , regardless of his role in the organization, we take it seriously and we must take appropriate measures "
Reached by telephone, Dees said the question was a personal problem. He said Southern Poverty Law Center is a wonderful organization, and wishes him good luck.
Dees, 82, co-founded the Montgomery legal center with a partner in 1971 as a watchdog for minorities and disadvantaged people. A decade later he won a $ 7 million sentence against the United Klans of America on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, whose son was murdered by members of KKK in Mobile.
The SPLC office was set on fire in 1983 and three Klansmen were later arrested and found guilty. In 2017, tax records show that the organization had approximately $ 450 million in assets. He works in a high-security building near the church where Rev. Martin Luther Jr. served as a pastor.
The legal center is best known for keeping track of groups that it considers hate organizations and is a frequent target of conservatives and distant (19659002) In a statement on De Ouster, the SPLC stated that "it is deeply committed to having a workplace that reflects the values it embraces – truth, justice, fairness and inclusion, and we believe in the steps we have taken today, I reaffirm this commitment ".
The SPLC said that an external group will review its practices in the workplace.