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Obama Justice Official Nixed Black Panther Prosecution

President Obama, post-racial? No. And with their silence, the NAACP and ACLU are complicit in voter intimidation.

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Clarice Feldman

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July 31, 2009 - 12:30 am
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Maybe PFAW missed the story, so I checked the NAACP website. I didn’t see a single thing criticizing the politicization of the Department of Justice in a way which undermines every citizen’s right to fair and free elections without intimidation.

Lest you suppose that only whites were intimidated and that might explain the NAACP’s decision not to get involved in this matter, the Washington Times account observes that  blacks were also intimidated by the conduct at the polling place:

A Justice Department memo also says that a black couple, Larry and Angela Counts, both Republican poll watchers, told authorities they were scared, worried about their safety and concerned about leaving the polling place at the end of the day because of the actions of the NBPP members. Mrs. Counts said the NBPP members called him a “race traitor,” the memo said.

I even checked the ACLU site, since surely the right to vote free of fear is a fundamental civil liberty. No mention of this matter, though they express strong concern and disagreement with the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing Indiana to require voter identification at the polls.

Surely, the Department’s action — ordered by an Obama appointee and major fundraiser — which broke in the same week that the president blundered by coming down on the side of Henry Louis Gates and his racial profiling charge, destroys the claim that this is a post-racial president.

He and his appointees are turning out to be motivated by a benighted view of America which has not changed since 1960, even though American society — in a way unseen in the history of the world — has indeed fundamentally changed. The regressive views of those who style themselves “progressive” are patently absurd and surely will contribute to the president’s falling popularity. He is not what voters were led to believe.

But his post-racial claim is not the only thing being discredited this week. The high-minded civic posture of PFAW, the ACLU, and the NAACP also are undercut by their inaction in the face of this politically motivated failure to punish a clear violation of the Voting Rights Act — an act that will surely lead to more such conduct by similar groups in Democratic controlled areas of the country.

If PFAW, the ACLU, and the NAACP are copacetic with the inexplicable conduct of Obama’s Justice Department, they deserve to have all their claims about voter rights treated with derision as the quite obvious Democratic party propaganda that it is. They care no more for the fair treatment of voters than Obama cared about fair treatment for the Cambridge policeman.

Perhaps in honor of the cop Obama unfairly maligned we ought to call this kind of racial discrimination “Jim Crowley.”

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Clarice Feldman is a retired litigation lawyer who lives in D.C. She's a news junkie addicted to the internet.
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