Morris Dees, the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been fired. The organization announced the dismissal in a March 14 statement. No specific reason has been given for Dees’ firing. The civil rights group said in a statement:
As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world. When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.