SPLC is an excellent source. chaser324 is being far too accommodating --possibly dangerously so-- to smears on what is the authority on identifying hate groups in the United States. It's just a sign of the times that identifying somebody as a bigot makes you a bigger meanie than being part of a hate group.
Indeed. The Southern Poverty Law Center are good peeps. They fought against Jim Crow laws for decades, were allies of Dr. Martin Luther King, and are still combating racial inequalities in the justice system today. Without going too into the weeds on this, the only folks who regularly criticize the SPLC are the "reverse racists are the real enemy" kind of crowd.
I'm mainly chiming in on this thread to commend @jeff and @danryckert for speaking out against the Muslim Ban on Twitter. This issue transcends politics into the realm of basic human decency, and I'm glad they took a stand. Mad respect to @alex who already had me scoping out my local DSA chapter.
Last word goes to Professor Killah:
Just so i understand, so they didn't do the things i listed? or you think those examples are fine and legitimate behavior?