No, George Soros did not say he funded “black hate groups” to destroy the US

A meme circulating on Facebook in South Africa attributes a quote about supporting “black hate groups” to billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros

It claims Soros told the German newspaper Bild the following in September 2014: “I’m going to bring down the United States by funding black hate groups. We’ll put them into a mental trap and make them blame white people. The black community is the easiest to manipulate.” (Disclaimer: Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, is one of Africa Check’s funding partners.)

The meme, which shows a photo of Soros, was shared on a number of  Facebook pages.

Africa Check recently debunked fake quotes associated with other famous personalities such as South Africa’s former public protector Thuli Madonsela, Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, US actor Samuel L Jackson and first president of the US, George Washington

Like these, the George Soros attribution is also false. 

No evidence of Soros saying this

According to US fact-checking site Snopes, the statement from Soros “does not appear in the [Bild] newspaper’s archives for September 2014 (or any other month)”. 

In addition, no other credible news site ever reported on Soros’s alleged hateful message. If Soros had made the remarks they would have been circulated by reputable news organisations. 

It is unusual for such remarks to go unreported. 

Soros targeted before

This was not the first time a fake quote (not) made by Soros has been shared online. Snopes and PolitiFact, another US-based fact-checking organisation, rated an alleged quote as equally false. Soros was said to have told US magazine Newsweek in 1979 that: “I’ve made my life’s mission to destroy the United States. I hate this country and I hate all of the people in it.” 

There is no evidence of this statement either. – Africa Check


For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”. What should you do? First, don't delete!

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Fighting coronavirus misinformation

Africa Check is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers fighting misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the alliance here.

© Copyright Africa Check 2020. Read our republishing guidelines. You may reproduce this piece or content from it for the purpose of reporting and/or discussing news and current events. This is subject to: Crediting Africa Check in the byline, keeping all hyperlinks to the sources used and adding this sentence at the end of your publication: “This report was written by Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation. View the original piece on their website", with a link back to this page.