The Southern Poverty Law Center has reluctantly admitted that that its widely cited report titled “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools” is missing some key data, Paul Sperry of the New York Post reported Monday. The SPLC sent a questionnaire to its 1.6 million mostly Democratic members and found that 40 percent of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey “have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation.”
Among the “hate rhetoric” reportedly being hurled at minority students is the phrase “build the wall,” which the center counted people using in 467 “incidents of hate.” That gives you a pretty good idea of what these K-12 teachers and administrators (who subscribe to the SPLC’s “Teaching Tolerance” newsletter) consider pro-Trump “hate.”
But what the SPLC neglected to include in its report was the finding that “at least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president.” That information would have interfered with the narrative that Trump-supporting white kids are harassing minorities at the nation’s schools.
So saying “build the wall” is hate speech, but derogatory language or slurs about white students is not. Got it?