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Monday, September 10, 2012

Will the New Black Panthers Intimidate Voters in 2012?


How many urban voters will have to walk the gauntlet to vote on election day? Would you feel intimidated if you walked up to the entrance of the polls and saw two big guys (white or black) dressed in paramilitary uniforms smacking nightsticks against their hands? I'm not easily intimidated, but I think I would -- especially if I was wearing a campaign button. Would you be willing to take campaign literature from folks outside, especially if you knew who the tough guys were supporting? In 2008 charges of intimidation were dropped by the Justice Department against the Black Panthers. However, insiders at Justice testified to the Human Rights Commission that they were told no charges should be brought against blacks when white victims were involved. Here's an excerpt from the article above:
In May 2010, J. Christian Adams resigned as a Justice voting department trial attorney, citing preferences related to trying civil rights cases only when minorities were the victims. 
“I was told by voting section management that cases are not going to be brought against black defendants on [behalf] of white victims,” Adams said in testimony before the Civil Rights commission. 
Adams was backed up by Christopher Coates, the former head of the voting section for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Coats had led the original investigation of the New Black Panther Party. 
Coates stated in testimony, “I had people who told me point-blank that [they] didn’t come to the voting rights section to sue African-American people.”
Coats further compared the NBPP case to an earlier case from 2006, where he claimed Justice attorneys expressed anger at having to investigate Ike Brown, a black democratic politician in Mississippi accused of discriminating against white voters.
 I urge you to listen to the interview with Black Panther head Malik Zulu Shabazz at the website ahead. His racism against whites is clear and his outrageous statement that Republicans want to string up blacks is frightening. There is apparently nothing that white conservatives can do to escape the accusation that everything they do is racist. All conservative rhetoric is "code language" for attacking blacks. Listen to the man's words. Tampa is "under siege." Republicans are "hostile toward black people." When Republicans say "cut entitlements" they mean take everything from blacks. (I thought whites were the biggest recipients of food stamps.) This interview should scare anyone who wants to see a country where everyone is respected regardless of their race. Black racism is alive and well in America. 

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