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“Sometimes Americans forget that this country
was founded on white supremacy.”
(Heidi Beirich, May 2017)
Heidi Beirich, long of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a US political commissar-like organization, was in the news in October 2019 as the latest high-ranking SPLC’er to be “purged”,” in what outsiders see as an ongoing, internal power struggle.
It turns out that Beirich spent the first twenty-five or so years of her life (through about 1992) in Southern California. Her childhood and adolescent years were during the critical period when California was being ‘lost’ (See: “Who Lost California?”; see also Beirich’s own 2010s-era account of what White politics were like in 1980s California and follow-on comment from Alden.
In the course of this investigation, I found clues on the possible origins of Beirich’s politics, including Beirich’s own account of her left-wing radicalization, which I will post below, followed by some thoughts of my own on what, in her recent ancestry, may have led her to turn towards left-wing extremism. Continue reading