Southern Poverty Law Center: Antifa not a hate group; doesn’t espouse actual hate

Southern Poverty Law Center: Antifa not a hate group; doesn’t espouse actual hate
Antifa's handiwork, UC-Berkeley, 1 Feb 2017. (Image: Screen grab of ABC 7 SF video, YouTube)

[Ed. – It just goes around lobbing Molotov cocktails at people, along with balloons full of urine and jars full of feces, while wielding spray-mace and nunchuks at them.]

You can find conservative policy centers like the Family Research Council on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map,” but not the violent left-wing extremist group antifa.

Why not? Antifa’s radical activists are known for beating up those they view as “fascists,” but according to SPLC president Richard Cohen, antifa doesn’t actually espouse hate.

“If you are familiar with our work, we write about antifa often,” Mr. Cohen said in his Thursday testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee. “We condemn their tactics — I’ve said so publicly and we do so always — but antifa is not a group that vilifies people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion and the like.”

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Mr. Cohen came to testify on domestic terrorism but wound up tangling with House Republicans over the SLPC’s extensive offshore financial holdings, its relationship with Google in creating a “hate news index,” and the politics behind its “hate map.”

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