Amid gender and racial inequity complaints and the firing of the co-founder, Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen is stepping down, according to the N.Y. Post.
The SPLC fired co-founder Morris Dees for alleged misconduct last week, and now Cohen is resigning "in order to give the organization the best chance to heal," the Post reported.
"Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them," Cohen's statement read, the L.A. Times reported.
Also, a senior member of the anti-hate group's legal team had stepped down Thursday, per the Times.
The watchdog's board will conduct a board-led search for new leadership, according to the Post.
The SPLC, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization, has requested an audit to be conducted by former White House Director of Public Liaison Tina Tchen so it can "emerge stronger," per the Times.
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