Friday, May 29, 2009

Don't Piss Down My Back and Tell Me It's Raining

File this one with other recent hijinks like Dealergate.

Don't tell me racism isn't a problem in America. Whether you're the only one who has to work the day after Christmas, can't get off for a serious medical problem when anyone else can for a runny nose (and then you end up in the hospital because of it), the only one who has to work on Inauguration Day when everyone else is given the day off, the bus won't wait for you 5 seconds when they see you running but will pick another lady up in the middle of the street, when you're told you can't wear a McCain shirt while everyone else is wearing Obama shirts to work, get pressured on the bus to change your vote. All this and more.

Happened to my white (GASP!) daughter living and working in a black (GASP! again) area of Philadelphia. And she works for a company that contracts to the V.A.

So don't fucking tell me racism isn't a problem in America. It's alive and thriving in some cities.

The kid lives a few blocks from where this incident took place. Said she also heard about (& may have seen though I don't know that for sure) other similar incidents around the city, though not all with Black Panthers.

h/t Dr. Bulldog

EDITORIAL: Protecting Black Panthers
The Obama administration ignores voter intimidation
Friday, May 29, 2009 – Washington Times

Imagine if Ku Klux Klan members had stood menacingly in military uniforms, with nightsticks, in front of a polling place. Add to it that they had hurled racial threats and insults at voters who tried to enter.

Now suppose that the government, backed by a nationally televised video of the event, had won a court case against the Klansmen except for the perfunctory filing of a single, simple document – but that an incoming Republican administration had moved to voluntarily dismiss the already-won case.

Surely that would have been front-page news, with a number of firings at the Justice Department.

The flip side of this scenario is occurring right now. The culprits weren’t Klansmen; they belonged to the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. One of the defendants, Jerry Jackson, is an elected member of Philadelphia’s 14th Ward Democratic Committee and was a credentialed poll watcher for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party when the violations occurred. Rather conveniently, the Obama administration has asked that the cases against Mr. Jackson, two other defendants and the party be dropped.

The Voting Rights Act is very clear. It prohibits any “attempt to intimidate, threaten or coerce” any voter or those aiding voters.

The explanation for moving to dismiss the case is shocking. According to the Department of Justice: “These same Defendants have made no appearance and have filed no pleadings with the Court. Nor have they otherwise raised any other defenses to this action. Therefore, the United States has the right … to dismiss voluntarily this action against the Defendants.” In other words, because the defendants haven’t tried to defend themselves, the Justice Department won’t punish them.

By that logic, if a murderer doesn’t respond to the charges, he should be let free. That’s crazy.
The Obama Justice Department did take one action against one of the four defendants: It forbade him from again “displaying a weapon within 100 feet of any open polling location” in Philadelphia. Given that it already was illegal to display a weapon at a polling place and that he was not even enjoined from carrying a weapon at polling places outside of Philadelphia, it is hard to see what this order accomplished.

We asked the Justice Department if it was unable to provide any explanation for dropping the case. Justice press aide Alejandro Miyar merely said: “That is correct.” Multiple times we asked both the department and the White House to comment on charges that the dismissals represented political bias. We received no substantive response.

Hans Von Spakovsky, a legal scholar at the Heritage Foundation and a former commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, tells us, “In my experience, I have never heard of the department refusing to take a default judgment… . If a Republican administration had done this, it would be front-page news and every civil rights group in the country would be screaming about it.”

Consider that the behavior of the defendants was so bad that witness Bartle Bull, a former Robert F. Kennedy organizer who did extensive legal work on behalf of black voters in Mississippi, testified it was “the most blatant form of voter discrimination I have encountered in my life.”

Eric Eversole, a former litigation attorney with the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, told us: “It is truly unprecedented for the Voting Section to voluntarily dismiss a case of such blatant intimidation. The video speaks for itself.”

We couldn’t agree more. After the 2000 Presidential election, Democrats complained about voter intimidation in Florida by pointing to a police car that had been two miles away from a polling place. The police didn’t do anything to anyone, but their presence was deemed sufficient to vaguely intimidate people en route to the polls. In this case, the New Black Panther Party actually blocked access to a poll.

Unlike the Florida incident, this case involving the New Black Panthers screams out for tough justice. Instead, the Obama administration looks the other way. This all but invites racial
violence at future elections.


We Need A Special Prosecutor
To Find Out Why Obama Appointees
At DOJ Dropped the Black Panther Case


Pastorius said...

I was going to post on this earlier today. I'm really glad I didn't, since your family had personal experience with this.

By the way, there is something really interesting going on here if you think about it. Your daughter heard about similar incidents in other parts of the city. And yet, only the Black Panthers have been pardoned by Obama's Justice Dept.?

Are they his approved thugs?

christian soldier said...

Is it time to use the outline for 'social change' as stated in _Rules for Radicals_ - Alinsky--for our purpose...?

Also- Let's incorporate the techniques the Founders used...
Follow Through
The Founders used W,S,FT and brought about this great nation...

midnight rider said...

Pastorius -- I think they were the only ones pardoned because they were the only ones charged. The others she heard about were from friends etc "They were trying to keep McCain supporters out and away" "They were trying to keep white people from going in". I also remember hearing some of it on Philly news, cops were called to one area but the intimidators were gone by the time they arrived, at another they left when asked to.

Now, I will say my daughter has received some rough treatment (not physically) for being a white in the black community in Philly and has seen blatant racism and discrimination practiced against other non-blacks.


I will also say that where I work I work with about 2 dozen black women everyday and all are very good friends of mine. Been to their kids weddings, parties etc. The roughest treatment I ever got from any of them one said to me (when she called me the wrong name) "oh, you know all you white folks look alike to me". That was absolutely hilarious.

Point being I don't want to give the impression I think it's everywhere. It most certainly is not. But it's very bad in some places and nothing gets done about it even when you complain.

Pastorius said...

What is "Slate"?

midnight rider said...

Pasto -- time for bifocals my friend. The word she typed is State, not slate :)

Pastorius said...


That's funny.

Well, what the eff is "State" supposed to mean, then?

christian soldier said...

STATE-root of the word--STATEment--To set forth in words;declare--
statement--l.The act of stating or declaring,2.Something stated:a declaration ....
Shall I go on... :-)

I verbally state my written intent and follow through on both....

Write my intent
State my intent
Follow through on my intent...

christian soldier said...

I meant to add:

I will :
Write my intent ..
Verbally state my intent...
Follow through with my intent...


Pastorius said...

Ah, sorry I was being so thick.