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Richard Cohen Resigns as SPLC President


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March 23 (UPI) — Longtime president of the Southern Poverty Law Center Richard Cohen announced his resignation Friday in a continued fallout at the civil rights organization that led to the departure of its co-founder Morris Dees last week.

Cohen’s announcement also comes on the heels of Rhonda Brownsten, the center’s legal director, stepping down, Alabama’s Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The center has begun an audit of the organization’s practices after some had criticized it for sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism. Tina Tchen, a former White House official, is leading the audit.

“Given my long tenure as the SPLC president, however, I do not think I should be involved in that process beyond cooperating with Tina, her team, and the board in any way that may be helpful,” said Cohen, who has been president since 2003 and connected with the organization since 1986.

“Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them,” Cohen added.

While the center did not disclose the reasons for Dees’ departure, a letter signed by two dozen employees before his termination accused the SPLC’s co-founder of “mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism” and said his actions threaten the center’s moral authority and integrity.

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How can he threaten something they don't have?

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