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The e-mail sent to the Smitherman's daughter's teacher referenced in this audio.
Subject: "Intolerance in America Study"
This is Barry Smitherman, Louisa's dad. I am presently helping Louisa with this project. While I'm incredibly supportive of reading and analyzing "To Kill a Mockingbird," an American Classic set in the early part of the 20th century in the rural south, I'm troubled by the "Us and Them" study material provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). "To Kill a Mockingbird" not only shows us the tragedy of the Jim Crow south of 60 years ago, played out horribly in the conviction of Tom Robinson for a rape that he didn't commit, the book also highlights the strength and integrity of Atticus Finch, some of the townspeople of Maycomb, and even apparently a few of the jury members who struggled with their verdict. At the conclusion of the book, Harper Lee has given us hope that the South is moving away from discrimination based upon skin color and toward judging a man (or woman), as Dr. King would say, "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
The Southern Poverty Law Center, however, has a more radical view of racism, hate, and intolerance. A quick review of their website shows that the SPLC considers many patriot, mormon, and judeo-christian religious groups across America, including some in Texas, to be hate groups. For example, the group "Crusaders for Yahweh" is labeled by the SPLC to be a "Christian identity" group and is placed on the SPLC's national "hate map." The same with the "Evangelical Latter Day Saints" (mormons), the Jewish Defense League, which SPLC calls "anti-Arab", and the Border Guardians, which is labeled by the SPLC as "anti-immigration." Equally disturbing, the SPLC calls out groups like "We the People", "patriots", The "Constitution Party," and "oath keepers" as groups which subscribe to unfounded conspiracy theories and are "opposed to one world order".
I identify myself as a Christian and find it intolerant for the SPLC to label me as intolerant. Same with many of the patriot groups that have organized in Texas over the last several years. I personally know members of these groups and they are focused not on racism, but on balancing the federal budget and reducing or eliminating our $16 trillion national debt.
Perhaps you are unaware of the tenants of the SPLC; I encourage you to research it thoroughly during this exercise and to explain to your students that SPLC, which allegedly fights intolerance, is itself often intolerant. Thanks for your consideration of this issue. Barry
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