Southern Poverty Law Center

Stop Discrimination in our Colleges

Some students face a separate and unequal path to college. Take Florida, for example.  Citizens, born in the Sunshine State and who graduated from Florida high schools, may not have the same rights as others for in-state college tuition.  Why?  … Continued


Cross-Post: Justice Please: Reject Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law

Originally posted on April 28 by Whatsupsmiley. The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Arizona v. United States, regarding the Justice Department’s challenge to the controversial anti-immigration law in Arizona, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods … Continued


Muslim Woman Brutally Murdered in California Hate Crime

Last Wednesday, Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi immigrant and mother of five was brutally beaten to death in her California home in what is likely a racially-motivated attack. She was taken off life support and died on Sunday. According to her … Continued


Bigotry in the Desert: Arizona Sheriff Investigates Obama’s Birth Certificate

In Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has had a long history of promoting fear, anger and racism in Arizona with his policies and tactics.  From posing in a photo with a known white supremacist, to racial profiling, to the … Continued

Race and the Questioning of “Natural Born Citizens”

Sen. Rubio is a citizen, and so is Wendy Ruiz. But some people question whether they are “natural born citizens.” After doubting Pres. Obama’s birth certificate, the birthers have now attacked Marco Rubio, a conservative senator from Florida. Even though … Continued


Romney Accepts Endorsement from Lawyer Tied to White Nationalists

“I am pleased to stand with this true conservative” said Kris Kobach of GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who he endorsed Wednesday. But would a “true conservative” accept an endorsement from someone with Kobach’s connections? A closer examination of Kobach reveals … Continued

A Top Ten “Tasteless” from Center for Immigration Studies

Yesterday, anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies wrote a blog bashing Herman Cain for his call for an electrified border fence. CIS slammed Cain’s “thoughtless remarks,” also calling them “ill-informed and ill-considered comments.” Mother Jones responded this morning slamming CIS, … Continued

Today: Anti-Immigrant Group to Host Annual Conference in D.C.

By Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone The anti-immigrant group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) is set to host its second annual conference today, October 4, and it will closely follow the groundwork laid during last year’s conference.  The conference is titled “A Progressive … Continued


Rick Perry and…Friends?

With Texas governor Rick Perry throwing his hat into the Grand Old Party circus ring last month, the disturbing anti-gay elements which have permeated this GOP primary season continued. Since his August 13th announcement, Perry has made his anti-gay position … Continued

Youth for Western Civilization Caught in Bed with Racist Groups…Yet Again

Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), a student group with ties to white nationalism, has again been caught cavorting with a group that has racist ties. This time YWC is working with a neo-Confederate organization called League of the South. In … Continued