Morris Dees, founder of the non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center, whose files are the basis for the Hate series, got asked what’ is the the difference between Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the “classic hate” in this country of the 60’s and 70’s. Dees likened the “blood on his hands” of 60’s-80’s Alabama Gov. George Wallace when the “four little girls were killed in Birmingham” and the Trump supporter who intended to burn down a mosque. Dees was referencing the four young girls in the church choir, aged 11-14, who killed on September 15th, 1963, when KKK members bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
‘Trump supporters are white, male and [not college educated]; he’s appealing to people who are afraid that people of color in changing America are taking away things they feel belong to them,” Dees said, forecasting a Trump sweep of the south.
Dees isn’t the first to compare Trump to segregationist Wallace. In fact he’s not the first this week. On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow played clips from Wallace’s failed ’68 presidential campaign, saying, “Close your close eyes and just listen to the news reports from that election — it’s almost like they’re talking about Donald Trump.”
A spinoff of its Hate in America special, the new Investigation Discovery series has journalist Tony Harris hosting as SPLC and Dees to showcase stories from the organization’s case files. SPLC has been tracking hate groups across the country for more than four decades and is these days targeting the nearly 800 active hate groups currently operating in this country.