Actor George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, donated $1 million to a group that has been accused for mislabeling conservative organizations as “hate groups.” A statement released by the couple said the donation was in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Reuters describes the Southern Poverty Law Center as “a U.S. nonprofit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups,” but their methodology has been criticized widely for being unfairly biased against groups with conservative values.
“What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” the Clooneys said in the statement.
In July, the SPLC labeled a prominent Christian nonprofit organization as a “hate group” because it sought to defend Christian values. The label was reported by ABC News, which then faced a torrent of criticism over the misleading characterization.
In December, the SPLC was criticized for excluding racial epithets and crimes against white people in their list of hate crimes.
Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, thanked the couple for “standing with us at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate.”
Clooney has raised millions for Democratic causes and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, but even he admitted that he was uneasy with how much money was spent on political campaigns.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics,” he said in April last year.