Mark Potok

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Mark Potok, People
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Mark Potok is a career investigative reporter who serves as Director of the Intelligence Project, a unique project which supports the legal work of the SPLC and its fight against hate groups, individuals and entities that foster or sponsor white supremacy and racism. In 1981, the Southern Poverty Law Center began investigating hate activity in response to a resurgence of groups like the Ku Klux Klan. Today the Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. It provides comprehensive updates to law enforcement, the media and the public through its quarterly magazine “Intelligence Report.” Staff members, who include investigators, research analysts and writers, regularly conduct training sessions for police, schools, and civil rights and community groups, and they often serve as experts at hearings and conferences.

  1. rkeefe57 says:

    You DO realize that the year after the Freedom Riders were brutally beaten in Montgomery, it was Mr. Potok’s boss, SPLC founder Morris Dees who kept vicious Klan thug Claude Henley from going to federal prison for the attack, right?

    On page 80 of his 1991 autobiography, “A Season for Justice,” Dees writes that in 1962, even though LIFE magazine published pictures of Henley in mid-rampage, Dees was sympathetic to the cause and offered to take the job for only $500 dollars. (Dees jacked his fee up to $5,000 when he heard that another lawyer wanted $15 grand to take the case).

    Henley walked out the courtroom scot-free, Dees, who was already a millionaire at the time, and didn’t need the money, cashed the dirty check and Henley’s victims got nothing, least of all justice.

    Dees’ law partner, Millard Fuller, (not to be confused with Millard Farmer), wrote in his autobiography that Henley’s lawyer fees were paid by the Montgomery Klan and the local White Citizens’ Council.

    You might also be interested in knowing that despite being located in Montgomery, the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement, and LITERALLY in the backyard of Dr. King’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church… NOT ONE of the SPLC’s top ten, highest paid executives is a minority… even in 2010!

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