Bull Connor

“Can you believe we’re going to Mississippi to protect white voters?”

This comment was made by Department of Justice attorneys who traveled to Mississippi’s Noxubee County in 2006 to investigate a voter intimidation allegation against a black politician, specifically the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Ike Brown.

I’ve been a little out spoken about racism. It’s not really my bally-wick, but I’m sensitive to the issue- especially when I’m called a racist. But I’m also a firm believer in the premise that if racism is wrong for one, then it is wrong for all. And when the government refuses to enforce and prosecute election law because of the victims race, well, welcome back to the 1950’s.

Imagine if the statement had been, “can you believe we’re going to Mississippi to protect black voters?”

It’s chilling, it’s insulting, it’s derogatory and it’s wrong.

Rights in this country have been a big deal from the get go. In fact, it was rights that started everything off. From the Bill of Rights to Civil Rights, there has been a constant evolution of rights in this country. This evolution has worked towards the expansion of national participation and the inclusion of all citizens. It wasn’t always pretty, it certainly wasn’t always easy, but it was always about strengthening the citizens of this nation. Voting is probably the most important of these rights, and we expect that right to vote to be protected- for everyone.

Which brings us to today’s testimony by Department of Justice Attorney Chris Coates. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has issued several subpoenas to address the issue of the DoJ decision to drop its case against the New Black Panther Party, and Attorney General Eric Holder the DoJ have refused to honor any of them.

It is becoming clear that once again, we are seeing a Dem party that isn’t interested in defending the Constitutional rights of citizens to vote. In fact, it appears that there is a policy of not defending the voting rights of whites.

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released a draft Vaughn index prepared by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that shows that the two top political appointees at the DOJ were involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP). The index, obtained pursuant to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, contradicts sworn testimony by Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, who testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that no political leadership was involved in the decision.

The index describes 122 documents (totaling at least 611 pages) that the Obama Justice Department is withholding from the public in their entirety. A federal court hearing in the matter is scheduled on October 5, 2010 in Washington, DC, before U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton.

“This new evidence shows that the Obama team lied when it said politics did not influence the Black Panther dismissal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We now know that top political leaders inside Obama Justice Department were involved in the call to drop the Black Panther case. And we also know that at least one top Justice official said otherwise under oath. In the meantime, we will ask the Court to require the Obama Justice Department to release these (and other) secret documents about this scandal and its cover-up.”

The Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine has decided to investigate the DoJ’s decision on the NBPP case. Hopefully, he’ll clean that cesspool up and we can get away from what appears to be an attitude of racial retaliation.

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