George and Amal Clooney donate $1M to fight hate groups

Clooneys give $1.4m to fight hate groups

Clooneys give $1.4m to fight hate groups

Actor George Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a US non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups, in response to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. While talking about the association, George Clooney shared, "Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality".

Clooney said, "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate". One person was killed and many others injured while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on August 12. The street battles triggered a political crisis for President Donald Trump, who praised "very fine people" on both sides of the fight. His comments were nearly universally condemned.

Mr James Murdoch, chief executive of 21st Century Fox, recently condemned Mr Trump's performance after the violence in Charlottesville and announced that he was giving US$1 million to that group.

"We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States", reads a statement from the Clooneys."What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate".

SPLC president Richard Cohen said his workers were "shocked by the size, ugliness and ferocity" of the rally in Charlottesville. This marks a new joint initiative between the organization, which tracks the activity of what it brands as hate groups, and the Clooney Foundation for Justice, founded by the couple in 2016.

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