The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a nationally known nonprofit that oversees hate organizations, said on Thursday that it had fired co-founder Morris Dees, who once won a lawsuit that bankrupted a leading Ku Klux Clan group.
A statement by Richard Cohen, the law firm's chairman, said that their employment had ended, but it did not give any particular reason.
"As a bourgeois organization, SPLC is committed to ensuring that our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to bring into the world. When one of us fails to meet these standards, regardless of his or her role in the organization, we seriously and must take appropriate action "
Achieved by phone, Dees said the issue was involved in a staff question. He said the Southern Poverty Center is a wonderful organization, and he wants that happiness.
Dees, 82, founded the foundation of Montgomery-based law court with a partner in 1971 as watchdog for minorities and the poor. A decade later, he won a $ 7 million verdict against US Klans of America on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, whose son was murdered by CCK members in Mobile.
SPLC's office was burned in 1983, and three clan men were later arrested and charged guilty. In 2017, the tax records show, the organization had about $ 450 million in assets. It works in a high security building near the church where principal Martin Luther Jr. first served as a pastor.
The law center is best known for tracking groups that it believes hate organizations and is a common target for conservative and far-right critics.
In a statement about Dee's oyster, SPLC said it was "deeply committed to having a workplace that reflects the values it adopts – truth, justice, equality and integration and we believe in the steps we have taken today to confirm that commitment. "
SPLC said an external group will review their workplaces.