The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based nonprofit that tracks hate crimes in the U.S., has been accused of deliberately burying instances of derogatory language towards white students in a recent survey chronicling instances of bigotry in U.S. schools following the presidential election.
On Nov. 28, the SPLC published a report on over 10,000 educators who had been surveyed by the nonprofit's Teaching Tolerance project. The report was titled, "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools."
The study found 40 percent of respondents stated that following the election of President-elect Donald Trump, they had witnessed derogatory speech or demonstrations among their students directed at fellow students of color, Muslim faith, LGBT identification or immigration status.
"White males have been overheard saying, 'screw women's rights, fag lover liberal, build the wall, lock her up,'" one Michigan high school teacher stated in the report, according to The Huffington Post. "The rebel flag is draped on the truck of a popular student, and the p-word has been used very casually, citing Trump as the excuse."
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Among other incidents cited in the report, 54 percent of respondents said they had seen swastikas, seven attested to witnessing lynching references and 476 had overheard students joking to others about deportation.
Critics of the report have accused to SPLC of omitting respondents who had given an affirmative answer to the survey question of "I have heard derogatory language or slurs about white students."
SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp told the New York Post among all of the survey respondents, "about 20 percent answered affirmatively to that question."
This would translate into roughly 2,000 instances of white students being targeted for derogatory language in classrooms. Former civil rights attorney Hans Bader of the Education Department, an editorial contributor to CNS News, has accused the SPLC of omitting this data from its report to embarrass conservatives.
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"They left that result out because it would not fit their ideological narrative," Bader said. "It was deemed an inconvenient truth."
On Nov. 29, SPLC President Richard Cohen announced the results of another report, asserting that the nonprofit had found 867 incidents of discriminatory harassment against minorities following Trump's election.
"The level of hate that has been unleashed is unprecedented," Cohen said during a press conference, according to CNN. "Our report also documented about 20 incidents against Trump supporters. And we would repudiate those acts as well."