According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Antifa isn’t a hate group; only Christian and/or conservative groups make the SPLC “hate map.”
So, why doesn’t Antifa make the cut? SPLC president Richard Cohen explains:
“If you are familiar with our work, we write about antifa often. 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.”
Though they do like to bash white people over the head with whatever is available, but apparently that’s just love trumping hate.
Cohen spoke last week before the House Homeland Security Commission and sparred with Republican members, according to The Washington Times:
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.”
Rep. Scott Perry, Pennsylvania Republican, blasted the SPLC for failing to include antifa, saying it “reduces your credibility,” and accused the group of picking and choosing its targets based not on empirical data but “only your opinion.”
“So you’re okay with antifa as long as they don’t say things that you don’t agree with, but it’s okay if they hit people on the head with a bike lock or set things on fire or riot and flout the law by wearing face masks and incite riots—you’re okay with that?” asked Mr. Perry.
Said Mr. Cohen: “We condemn groups like antifa, we write about them often. We don’t list them as hate groups.”
At the same time, the SPLC lists churches, conservative organizations, and elementary schools named after confederate officers on its so-called “hate map.” A map, coincidentally, that’s been used by domestic terrorists to target groups they don’t agree with politically.
However, Cohen added that the SPLC’s hate list “doesn’t necessarily mean” a particular group “engage[s] in violence,” but did say any group with a perceived “anti-LGBT” bent should be included because “the LGBT community in our country [are] the most likely to be victimized by hate crimes.”
He also stated that the map includes 917 leftist groups, including the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam. Yet, Students for Justice in Palestine is no where to be found.
“I don’t know about that particular group,” said Cohen said. “We try to call hate as we see it. We limit our list not by left versus right but by groups that vilify others for factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or the like.”
Could’ve fooled us.