SPLC blaming the Right for OWS actions?

I would seem that the Southern Poverty Law Center is now blaming conservative movements for Occupy off-shoot groups like the Revoltionary People’s Army, an anarchist group that no more right wing than any other lunatic fringe left group.

In fact, the SPLC lists the OWS groups under their Hatewatch heading which claims to monitor the extreme right.

From The Blaze:

On “May Day” of 2012, when the “Occupy” movement and its various offshoots took to the streets to protest corporate greed and capitalism, five men took the protests to another level and plotted to bomb an Ohio bridge.

Two of the suspects listed “Occupy Cleveland” as their employer on their Facebook pages, and according to U.S. District Court records, federal authorities got wind of the plot after infiltrating Occupy Wall Street.

Not only that, but one of the suspects, Anthony Hayne, actuallysigned the lease for the Occupy Cleveland warehouse.

Why, then, is the well-known Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit civil rights organization, linking the suspects as a part of the “radical right”?

May Day?  Do you folks know what May Day is?  It’s also known as International Workers’ Day.  It’s a Socialist/Communist holiday.  International Workers’ Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, when an unidentified person threw a bomb at them. The police reacted by firing on the workers, killing dozens of demonstrators and several of their own officers. “Reliable witnesses testified that all the pistol flashes came from the center of the street, where the police were standing, and none from the crowd. Moreover, initial newspaper reports made no mention of firing by civilians. A telegraph pole at the scene was filled with bullet holes, all coming from the direction of the police.”

That’s just a tidbit of what the holiday is about.  Google it and you’ll see there is a long and twisted history for the day.

This is not the first time the Southern Poverty Law Center has inexplicably labeled an individual as part of the “radical right.” Somehow, historian David Barton, the Ku Klux Klan, the Family Research Council, and Black Panther Malik Zulu Shabazz have all been considered right-wing by the nonprofit civil rights organization.

Seriously, who’s the genius at the SPLC who thinks these things up?  I bet he wears a helmet.


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