Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Tale of Two Philly's- U.S. Department of Justice for Some

This Tea Needs to be Dumped in the Harbor

Tale No. 1

Dept. Of Justice Drops New Black Panthers Case
Obama Administration Abandons Voter Intimidation Lawsuit
Friday, May 29, 2009

Sources told The Bulletin that there is internal dissension in the Department of Justice (DOJ) about a voter intimidation case from last year’s presidential election. Obama appointees did not want to proceed with the case, while the career prosecutors did. The incident occurred in Philadelphia and involved the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPPSD).

The DOJ filed a lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act against the NBPPSD and three of its members alleging the defendants intimidated Philadelphia voters during the Nov. 4, 2008 general election....

Tale No. 2

Justice Sues Pa. Swim Club, Charging Race Bias

The Valley Swim Club, a private club outside Philadelphia.

The Justice Department accused a suburban Philadelphia swim club of race bias in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, six months after the club barred a group of mostly black day campers from their pool.

The civil-rights suit charges that the Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination in canceling its $1,950, eight-week contract with the Philadelphia-based Creative Steps program after the children's first visit.

"I'm sorry that it's come to this. I suggested so many ways (to club officials) that this could be resolved," said Alethea Wright, the camp's founder and chief operating officer. "I am so glad that forces are united to make sure that this, never ever happens again."

Justice Department Only Interested in Justice For Some?

I think that everyone would concur that racial discrimination in any form - including threatening white voters at a polling booth - should never ever happen again.

However, apparently, this is not the opinion of those at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. This is according to an article by Hans von Spakovsky, in The Corner section of the January 12, 2010 edition of the National Review Online.

The piece paraphrased a speech by one of the attorneys at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division (DOJCRD). He was involved and criticized by colleagues for wanting to prosecute the New Black Panther Party case. It was a farewell speech of sorts, because the attorney was being transferred.

This longtime veteran attorney of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, according to the National Review Online, said that protecting voting rights of white people is not important to Justice Department attorneys.

He was quoted as saying:

"I have had many discussions concerning these cases. In one of my discussions concerning the Ike Brown (a voting rights) case, I had a lawyer say he was opposed to our filing such suits. When I asked why, he said that only when he could go to Mississippi (perhaps 50 years from now) and find no disparities between the socioeconomic levels of black and white residents, might he support such a suit. But until that day, he did not think that we should be filing voting-rights cases against blacks or on behalf of white voters."

Is this true? If so, it is a serious problem.

Currently, it is an allegation and an informal one at that – made in private. It needs to be substantiated. Yet, some actions by the DOJCRD seem to substantiate it now.

The behavior of the DOJCRD in the New Black Panther Case certainly leads one to believe that federal rights attorneys use a different standard when it comes to voting rights violations of whites as opposed to blacks. They will eagerly enforce civil rights laws when the rights of African-Americans are violated, yet not when the rights of white Americans are.

Eric Holder needs to comply with the requests of Rep. Frank Wolf and Rep. Lamar Smith, as well as, comply with the subpoenas of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

President Obama and Eric Holder are not above the law. The fact that the House Judiciary Committee rejected Wolf's request to investigate means Congress will not investigate them. The people must ensure their right to vote is protected. Without this right, all else is meaningless.

Tea Partiers it is time to dump this tea(Congress)into the harbor.

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