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#1 LFC

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:33 PM

What the heck is going on there?

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The Southern Poverty Law Center fired its co-founder and head trial lawyer Morris Dees on Wednesday, according to a scathing statement from Richard Cohen, the group’s president.

The statement doesn’t specify why Dees, 82, was fired, but it says the SPLC has taken steps to conduct an assessment of its own “internal climate and workplace practices.”

Dees’ biography and leadership team page were removed from the SPLC website, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

He co-founded the SPLC in 1971

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:38 PM

Sometimes founders don't realize when it's time to go. Erasing his biography from the website seems a little extreme.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:40 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 14 March 2019 - 04:38 PM, said:

Sometimes founders don't realize when it's time to go. Erasing his biography from the website seems a little extreme.

It's Orwellian. He's become an unperson.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 05:08 PM

Complete speculation, but the wording sounds like an allusion to a metoo sort of thing.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:11 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 14 March 2019 - 04:38 PM, said:

Sometimes founders don't realize when it's time to go. Erasing his biography from the website seems a little extreme.

Were it the case he had simply overstayed his useful welcome, it seems to me they would have conferred some sort of "Emeritus" title on him while removing him from the day-to-day operation. Total scrubbing would have been unnecessary.

View Postbaw1064, on 14 March 2019 - 05:08 PM, said:

Complete speculation, but the wording sounds like an allusion to a metoo sort of thing.
Quite possible. Alternatively, the abuse was more like intimidation/bullying than necessarily sexual. Either way, something that screams "trying to avoid the lawsuit."
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:08 PM

Yeah, some sort of egregious behavior was alleged would be my guess. All the wording is very carefully saying it but not saying it.





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