I continue to be stupefied by the
Department of Justice`s abandonment of the
Black Panther voter intimidation case. Like so many
racial double-standard outrages, it was news
briefly, then seemed to slip into the MSM`s rearview
Dispute over New
Black Panthers case causes deep divisions,
By Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson,
October 22, 2010]
But it did get back in the news
cycle recently, thanks
J. Christian Adams,[ElectionLawCenter.com,]
Civil Rights Division attorney who bravely resigned
in protest over the matter,[See
Attorney General Eric Holder, who tellingly claimed
that focus on the case insulted
is now touring
the country to speak about the case. I heard him
recently at a
Federalist Society event in the northeast. He also
spoke at the Accuracy In Media Conference on
and he`s a
regular target of attacks by Media Matters. [Right-Wing
Ex-DOJ Lawyers Begin New Black Panthers Damage Control,
by Matt Gertz, March 18, 2011, and
many more. ]
White advocates hoping for
something a little meatier than the usual mouthings
about equality will be disappointed in Adams. He flatly
states that we`re a nation of
and need to make that work.
Still, Adams is notable. To my
knowledge, he is the first man
publicly to resign a government post over the
mistreatment of whites by high-powered black
officials. And in fine
whistleblower form, he`s talking openly about it,
testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Adams, by the way, is a Virginia
lawyer who spent five years at DOJ. While there, he
Voting Rights Act case involving Hispanic, black and
white victimization, including the notorious Ike Brown
white voter intimidation and fraud in Mississippi`s
notorious black-majority Noxubee County.
The Holder Justice department seems
not to care–The
Ike Brown Case: Is the DOJ About to Fail Another
Race-Based Test?, by J. Christian Adams, July 11, 2010]
Adams told the audience that Brown
threatened white voters by telling them
"if you try to
vote, it will be hard." Charming, eh? [Diversity is Strength! It`s Also…"Jim Snow" Disenfranchisement Of Whites,
By Nicholas Stix, May 12, 2009]
Adams dished a little dirt on
current voting rights activity at DOJ, telling us that
while enforcement of a provision to register voters on
welfare rolls was being aggressively enforced, the
clearing rolls of dead voters was being ignored.
No need to get out your calculators
to see who that benefits:
blacks and Democrats. The Obama administration
apparently sees the DOJ as a crucial part of its
get-out-the-vote effort in 2012.
The inside skinny on the Black
First, the case involved the New
Black Panther Party, which is a different set of
characters from the Black Panther Party of the 1960s
Khalid Muhammad in 1995 and even more radical, Adams
says). Following the nationwide exposure of the
Panther on YouTube,
a civil suit was filed on January 8, 2009 that
named the New Black Panther Party, president
Malik Zulu Shabazz, and the two clowns in the video.
It sought an injunction against Black Panther patrols
in front of polling places nationwide.
Nobody ever answered the
suit—meaning that it would normally have been decided by
Interestingly, the Panthers may
actually have had a lawyer, Adams said—Michael Coard,
"angriest black man in America".
Good choice to defend the Panthers,
I guess. The Justice Department was in communication
with him about the case following filing of the suit,
and noted as much in footnotes in subsequent filings for
default (as in,
"Judge, it`s not like we`re going for default against
someone without an attorney.").
Adams never said as much, but it
strikes me that Coard, through
alternate communication channels, may have known
that DOJ higher-ups were going to quash the suit, and
not to worry. Or, he just wasn`t worried about an
injunction against polling place patrols… nobody was
asking for money, for goodness` sake.
Ultimately, the DOJ did get an
injunction, just one much smaller than hoped for:
against the club wielder in the video alone, and only
in Philadelphia, and only through 2012.
The intimidation was plain to see,
Adams said, and statutorily would have been easy to
show. Previously, the anti-intimidation clause of the
Voting Rights Act had a
"mens rea" element, meaning it had to be shown that the intimidators
meant to intimidate. So, if a Klansman showed up to a
polling place and scared off black voters, there was no
liability if the Klansman didn`t actually mean to scare
anyone and just happened to show up to polling places in
his robes because it was a little chilly that day.
intimidation is all that`s needed.
intimidation on Fairmount Street?
A man named Chris Hill said the
polling place was blocked by the Panthers in the video.
A black couple working for the Republicans said they
were afraid of the Panthers after hearing yells about
being race traitors. And
If that`s not intimidation, Adams
said, I don`t know what is.
But the case simply didn`t fit the
personal racial agenda of some DOJ lawyers. Adams heard
this directly from lawyers there: "I
didn`t join the Civil Rights Division to sue
All of which creates, in Adams`
word, a climate of lawlessness at DOJ. The word
"to this particular Justice Department at this particular time",
At the event I attended, two black
law students sought to confront Adams—neither
successfully. One asked whether
"my people" could be interpreted in different ways (not really,
Adams suggested). Another huffed that the New
Black Panther Party was not as bad as the Ku Klux Klan
(not true, Adams said, unless you`re talking about the
Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s).
Asked whether his courageous stand
has had any negative consequences for him, Adams said:
"No, I`ve been
having a great time… some random hugs from
people I don`t know, which is a little creepy."
I know where those hugs are coming
from—they`re coming from white people who`ve been
wasting for years
for an honest man in the
Civil Rights Division.
As he wrapped up, Adams said that
we in America are at a
"fork in the
road", with a decision about whether to follow the
path of true, color-blind diversity, or Eric Holder`s
spoils system for
But the problem is that we are not
at a fork in the road. We`re way past it. The real fork
in the road was between the path of a homogenous,
predominately white America on the one hand, and a
America" with whites in the minority on the
We embarked on the multiracial
route. And we`re now reaping the benefits:
highest levels of government, dispossession of the
white majority, and chaos and mendacity all around.
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