Oct 15, 2009

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Craig Bodeker Refutes the SPLC

craig_bodekerOn October 8th, and again on October 9th, Sonia Scherr, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, published two separate and scathing attacks on me and my documentary film, A CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE, on their HATEWATCH website.

Ms. Scherr made eight specific points regarding the film’s “errors,” before concluding that I am, in fact, a “racist.” Most critics agree the film does an excellent job pointing out the vagueness of that term, and that how it has recently morphed into the intellectual equilivent of calling me a “poopyhead.”

But I will still address Ms. Scherr’s eight points here.

Point 1

“Bodeker never says whether he believes that discrimination found by courts and government commissions also doesn’t ‘really amount to anything.’”

That’s because I don’t. What’s more real to you? Spontaneous answers from real people, or proclamations issued by courts and government commissions?

Point 2

“He makes no effort to examine the scientific findings on intelligence and race, which have yet to produce convincing evidence that IQ differences are caused by genetics.”

That’s because neither I nor any of the subjects said anything about causality. Nearly every interview-subject stated clearly that they believe blacks outscore whites in basketball, but that whites outscore blacks on standardized tests, and that Asians outscore whites on those same tests. Are these “beliefs” really radical and bigoted? Or are they mainstream?

Point 3

“After trying to get interviewees to admit that blacks are more criminal than whites. . . .” See the film. I don’t “try” to get anyone to admit anything. Each subject was chosen for their candor.

Point 4

“What he neglects to mention is that it’s unclear how many, if any, of the black-on-white rapes were hate crimes—that is, motivated at least in part by racial bias.”

According to the Justice Department report cited in the film, blacks sexually assaulted white women over 37,000 times in 2005. Whites sexually assaulted black women less than ten times. 37,000 to 10. How “random” does that sound to you?

Point 5

“Moreover, Bodeker asserts that Latinos are deliberately taking away whites’ majority status. ‘If we object to the stated agenda of replacing whites as the racial majority in America with Hispanics, it’s us who get called the racists,’ he says, ‘not the people who are openly and actively working to change the racial makeup of our country.’” I don’t really see the criticism here. Have they heard of La Raza?

Point 6

“The South Carolina Council of Conservative Citizens—a white supremacist group whose national conference Bodeker attended in June in Mississippi—recently hosted a big-screen showing of the movie in three locations.” And they told me they were Conservative Citizens. . . .! (I did actually ask the organizer if the CofCC was a “white Supremacist” group. He said absolutely not.) According to the SPLC, white organizations cannot be trusted to accurately stereotype themselves.

Point 7

“Since the documentary’s release last year, Bodeker has given interviews to the Romanian National Vanguard News Agency (motto: ‘International News for People of European Descent’), Mark Dankof (a radio broadcaster who also contributes to the anti-Semitic American Free Press), and The Political Cesspool, an overtly anti-Semitic, racist show whose guests have included former Klan boss David Duke, neo-Nazi April Gaede and Holocaust denier Mark Weber”

How dare I seek publicity for my documentary! Why don’t I just calmly wait ‘til CNN or PBS calls me to air it? Seriously, though, am I now to be held personally responsible for every word ever uttered by the staff, or even by the guests, of any radio show that I’ve appeared on? I accepted the generosity of those few in today’s media that actually understand the concept of free speech, warts and all!

Point 8

“On The Political Cesspool’s Jan. 31 show, for instance, one of the hosts asserts that ‘everything that is good about civilization—just about everything that is good, from literature to works of art to law is something that came from our [white people’s] minds.’ Bodeker’s response? ‘I have to agree.’”

What part of “just about” don’t you understand. . .?

On the next day, October 9th, Ms. Scherr released her follow-up attack. But rather than offer any stronger, or legitimate criticisms of, A CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE, she chose a different tactic. She relied upon an anonymous cyber-stalker to gather “quotes” attributed to me from the comments section of unrelated political videos from Youtube. She called this piece of journalism “A Peek Behind the Curtain: Views of a Racist Filmmaker . . ,”

Some pretty strong statements were quoted—as well as MIS-quoted, surgically and deceptively edited,, taken out of context, and even made up! And once again, these “quotes” that represent proof of my “racism,” were found on the comments section of Youtube.

Have any readers ever been to the comments section on Youtube? Does anyone NOT KNOW what a mosh-pitt of “free expression” it is? There are, sometimes, actual screaming matches, even though they’re conducted in written form. Sometimes people say harsh, mean things there, in that last remaining refuge of Free Speech. Am I to assume that the SPLS’s Sonia Scherr has never made a sarcastic comment? Or even a distasteful one? Or that anyone who EVER has should be stereotyped, marginalized and disenfranchised? This seems to be what the SPLC suggests. . . .

Most who have viewed A Conversation About Race, say it succeeds because of its fairness and clarity. American Thinker’s Larry Miller said, in his positive review of the film, “. . . People in America have no idea how to define ‘racism.’ The word flits about like an evil spirit in our national vocabulary—but none of us knows exactly what it means.”

So I will take it as a compliment, that the Southern Poverty Law Center, after viewing A Conversation About Race, (no doubt through a legal microscope) cannot find any genuine aspects of it to criticize, and end up instead having to resort to that same, tired conclusion, “Craig Bodeker is a Racist.”

Call me optimistic, but I see that as progress. They cannot refute the film’s basic premise, even though it contradicts the very essence their stated mission!

So instead they call me a poopyhead.

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  1. avatar
    The Admiral said:

    Excellent response. I do not take the SPLC seriously. They issue a regular litany of lies, accusations, and anti-White propaganda that is as boring as it is amusing. Few people today listen to the folks at SPLC. They are a joke.

    But there is another, darker aspect of the SPLC that we should consider. I get the strong impression that the SPLC is deliberately engaged in promoting not only anti-White sentiment, but also anti-White terrorism. The SPLC is instigating hate crimes against White people.

    Therefore, should race-hate attacks be perpetrated against our people, we should point the finger at the SPLC. And file lawsuits.

    When the revolution takes off–and it will–I fully expect the SPLC to be targeted in a campaign of massive retaliation, and its officers and benefactors put on trial. Or worse. God help them.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous said:

    Hello,

    First I would like to thank you for making the effort to make this movie and also show how truthful it is. It is absolutely crazy that people actually are so naive and use this “racist” term as a “witch” term in previous centuries. Just because you tell them factual information. SPLC will be facing many lawsuits themselves very soon, and they better be ready to tighten their financial belt real tight.

  3. Good job on the movie, it is important that we can legally discuss the topic of race and each side air their grievances. I do not hate any race, but I do love my own. I believe the European race deserves the same right as any other, to survive.

    The SPLC needs the “hater” bogeymen to keep their accounts full. They search high and low to find the one in a million Whites that commit some horrible crime against a non-White. In the process they pass by thousands of Whites who are murdered, raped and tortured by non-Whites. They aren’t a caring organization. They are what they claim to be against, they hate White people.

    The tide has turned, whether the SPLC knows it or not. People have started to see that we are not importing Whites to Mexico giving them special rights, free health care and affirmative action. We are not importing Whites to Asia giving them special rights, free health care and affirmative action. We are not importing Whites to Africa giving them special rights, free health care and affirmative action.

    Its only happening in White countries, and White children are suffering because of it. Its planned genocide, period!

    For those who do not know here is the UN definition of Genocide.

    Article 2
    In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    * (a) Killing members of the group;
    * (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    * (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    * (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    * (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

  4. avatar
    Frederich said:

    Well done.

    Your expose was, by all accounts (and I have watched the entire work) very professional, candid, and representative of the diverse opinions held within our multicultural cesspool.

    Kudos for your efforts; looking forward to Part Deux!

  5. Very well done. The basketball analogy,racial advocacy and test results comparisons
    were especially telling as to how successful
    the MSM and Liberal Educators have been in brainwashing
    and dumbing down our young people.

  6. Of course the SPLC is going to attack Craig, they are an anti-white organization that makes their living “fighting racism.” When Craig exposes that “racism” is a totally contrived notion thats only aim is to attack white people, he threatens their money making scheme.

  7. Admiral said: “When the revolution takes off–and it will–I fully expect the SPLC to be targeted in a campaign of massive retaliation, and its officers and benefactors put on trial.”

    Admiral, to quote an old Yiddish saying (irony intended) “from your lips to God’s ear.”

  8. This guy is a guy who is using his film to try to show the world discrepencies in peoples way of thinking. But he is a evil man under the sly smart alick saying black people are rapists and criminals. He can say what he wants its a free country but he can also get his film previewed at KKK rallys because thats who is loving it and watching it. Question for him: Who likes his film more, a KKK member or a NAACP member? That will show what he is getting too, that is who he is preaching too. Using poor folks who dont know that you are making a fool out of some of them for your gain. Crawl back under your rock, or better yet- go to your rally and preach your hate. You are a hate filled speaker!!

  9. Celeste…what a pretty name for a …poopyhead !

    Ok, more seriously, your rant sounds more like a hate-motivated one than motivated by a desire to enlighten people. This guy made an intelligent movie that have a potential for healing a lot of the racial tensions in the US and abroad. So your way to thank him is to look for reasons to HATE him and his work.

    I’m not glad AT ALL that Bodecker actually made those rants about monkeys and stuff. While his movie can do a lot to help avert a coming ethnic civil war, that kind of insult is a nuisance in that regard.

    But you, Celeste, focusing on Bodecker’s few steps backward (stupid comments) instead of focusing on his huge leap forward (his great film), sorry but…YOU really sound like what you just called him : a “hate-filled speaker”.

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