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Jim Crow Prowls Paradise

May 23rd, 2014 - 8:40 am

Imagine if a state didn’t let someone vote in an election because their grandfather wasn’t the correct race. Surely lawyers in Eric Holder’s Justice Department would be typing up a lawsuit as fast as fingers could fly across the keyboard. After all, Obama is the president who boasted he was a champion for voting rights, falsely we’d later learn. Eric Holder compared voter ID to a modern version of Jim Crow. But a recent federal court opinion shows Jim Crow is alive and well, and living in paradise. This week, the United States District Court in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) struck down a law that prevented American citizens from voting in a referendum on a constitutional amendment if they were not of “Northern Mariana descent.” The plaintiff, John Davis, should have enjoyed the help of the United States Justice Department Voting Section in wiping out the law. From the federal court:

Northern Mariana descent, as defined by [the CNMI law] is a racial classification, and under federal law it may not serve as the basis for preventing otherwise qualified voters from voting on proposed amendments.

The federal court granted summary judgment against the CNMI on a federal voting rights statute enforced by the Justice Department, 42 U.S.C. 1971(a). Summary judgment means it wasn’t even a close call. It means Holder could have brought and won the case easily. His failure to enforce the Voting Rights Act in the CNMI was perhaps more egregious than his dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. Let’s see if the same stooges in academia and the media who defended the New Black Panther dismissal now defend Holder’s inaction against a brazenly racially exclusionary law in the CNMI. But the CNMI isn’t the only Pacific paradise where Jim Crow prowls and Eric Holder is doing nothing to enforce federal voting rights. The same movement to allocate political power to only people of color in the CNMI is alive and well in Hawaii. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has created a racially exclusionary voter roll to conduct a state-run election. (The materials from the office must be seen to be believed.)  A 2011 Hawaii law limits registration on this roll to only those who had an ancestor who lived on Hawaii in 1778 or received race-based land benefits in 1921. It also allows anyone with a “significant connection” to the “Native Hawaiian community” to register for the roll, which should nicely scoop up the radical academics who have flocked to the University of Hawaii to agitate for exactly this sort of race-based separatism.

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Materials produced by Hawaii Government

The Hawaii law is being implemented with great fanfare, including a plan for racially correct Hawaiian voters to elect delegates to an “Aha,” or Constitutional Convention to draft a governing document for the new Native Hawaiian nation. Remember, this nonsense is being paid for and administered by the government of Hawaii. Never mind that the United States Supreme Court spanked Hawaii in 2000 for creating an almost identical racially exclusionary election. Surely the Justice Department Voting Section has rushed to stop the brazenly discriminatory creation of a race-based voter roll? Surely the interests of the United States run counter to a separatist movement funded and run by the Hawaiian government? Think again. Eric Holder is too busy worrying about Texas and North Carolina voter identification laws, which creates an irony we will return to momentarily. First let’s visit Guam, a beautiful and strategic Pacific island, one round trip south of Tokyo in a B-29.

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I wonder how an independent Guam will feel when China drops by for a visit.
22 weeks ago
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Judeo-Christian, heterosexual, white, males...uncheck your privilege(s).

If you can't trace your heritage back 250 years on these Islands, you can't vote as a citizen.

On the mainland, you can crash the border at will, be a violent criminal...and get better healthcare than our brave servicemen.

Obama, Holder and the Woodstock Traitors Party have their priorities.

How about you, bitter clinger?
22 weeks ago
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With the Obama era, it has never been about equality. It is all about revenge.
22 weeks ago
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The Guamanians and Hawaiians and PRs are the Island Palestinians. All they are interested in is guilt, power and money for the elite. To teach them a lesson, we should send them a few - no, make that thousands - of liberal Jews.
21 weeks ago
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Interesting. You might be interested in this. aug 23, 2011.

(Reuters) - "The nation's second-largest Indian tribe formally booted from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American [ slave] owners.
The Cherokee nation voted after the Civil War to admit the slave descendants to the tribe.
But on Monday, the Cherokee nation Supreme Court ruled that a 2007 tribal decision to kick the so-called "Freedmen" out of the tribe was proper."
So basically those former slaves and now former indians are no longer entitled to free health care nor are they exempt from the Obamacare individual mandate.
21 weeks ago
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As far as I'm concerned, and I have been to Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI island of Saipan, the best thing we could do is expel them from the United States.

Let them all secede, and in a few short years they will once again be practicing cannibalism on their island "paradises".

Or they will be kowtowing to their Chinese and Japanese masters and wishing that the Yankees had never left.

Hafa Adai and get lost!
21 weeks ago
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As a 37-year Guam resident I can assure you that you're more likely to be hit by lightening than to come in involuntary contact with a snake of any kind. In the past several years -- in my rural, jungle verge area, I've seen only the occasional one as roadkill on our 4 and 6 lane highways. Dis-and-miss-information is the province of those who browse the wrong magazines. Be advised that the loudest voices in protest against the American colonizer who, incidentally, pumped $2.4 billion (yes, with a B) into Guam's economy in 2012 are the young progressives who left to attend institutions of higher (?) learning like UCLA, U of H and the like and returned after realizing the full political import of victimhood. A few of the older folks continue to agitate for return of "ancestral lands" taken under emminent domain during wartime or bought outright by the feds, all of which have been paid for at least twice. When they do get it back they typically immediately peddle it to Korean or Chinese developers for millions and retire to California. This latest development in the CNMI makes it more likely that I will, indeed, be allowed to register and vote for Guam's political status should it ever become an issue. The eight hundred pound gorilla in the room is the block of 50,000 ethnic Filipinos similarly situated, and that's what terrifies the Chamorros.
21 weeks ago
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So the holder DOJ claims to fight racial discrimination by encouraging voting laws that restrict your vote based on who your grandfather was. This can only remotely make sense to a leftist.
22 weeks ago
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Identity is the rule of law in America today, not principle. Right identity equals right. This is because of a cult of sheer race and gender hatred being miserably and pathetically passed off as anti-sexism and anti-racism. Using that latter as cover, they have been incredibly successful in maintaining and mainstreaming a credibility and reasonableness completely at odds with their actual goals. Being fanatics doesn't hurt.
22 weeks ago
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"The same movement to allocate political power to only people of color in the CNMI is alive and well in Hawaii."

When you use terms like "people of color" you validate the notion that people are different because of their skin color, and in particular the notion that everyone who is not "white" falls under a different classification than people who are "white."

In other words, the left uses this phrase as a way to lump various ethnic and racial groups together into one group that is then cast as being at odds with "white" people.

The words we use matter. When we use the language of the enemy as the enemy does, we help the enemy. These terms should be used only in a manner that undermines their legitimacy and the legitimacy of the ideas they represent.
22 weeks ago
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Gee, I wish I could tour the Pacific. But I refuse to apply for a Passport, a racist, Jim Crow, poll-tax photoID if there ever was one.
22 weeks ago
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Actually if you restrict your tour to US pacific states or territories, you would not need a passport, since you never leave US controlled territory, so your comment does not make a lot of sense in connection with voting rights in US states and territories, the subject of this article.
22 weeks ago
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Hawaii is more complex but Guam is a territory whose only economic activity is a) working for the Government (US or otherwise), b) working for hotels catering to Japanese tourists, c) sex workers catering to Japanese tourists and some US Military. If you grew up in Guam today, what would you think of the US and your opportunities? Chamorro's are the original indigent Malayo-Polynesian culture but the indigent culture was a conquered country by 1668 by the Spanish, then the US took over after the Spanish American war and who banned teaching Chamorro on the island in 1922 and even burnt all Chamorro dictionaries predating the Nazi's in their book burning efforts, then the Japanese in WW2 and back to the US post WW2. If you look at the history of Guam, it is a wonder that any Guamanian should be sane and not tainted by the curse of Jim Crow. And to add to their troubles are the brown tree snake which found its way to Guam probably from the Solomon Islands thanks to WW2 traffic and follow-on transits by military ships and aircraft and has exploded in population while wiping out many bird and lizard species unique to Guam. Nothing gives one the willies like having a brown tree snake suddenly drop on your head, neck, and back.
22 weeks ago
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Why do I think the history of Guam extends back before 1668? Or was there a Guamanian Empire taking in all of Asia at one point?
21 weeks ago
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I'm not sure your spell checker meant "indigent" rather of indigenous, but somehow it works in the refined progressive Jim Crow context where progressives have managed to convince indigenous people that segregation is a good thing.
22 weeks ago
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Thanks monkeyfan. A Freudian slip of the keyboard. Apt as you point out but not intentional, with apologies.
22 weeks ago
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Coming from a city where voter fraud was a tradition in the 1930's, (Kansas City, MO), I have ALWAYS made it my self imposed "duty" to voluntarily show my picture I.D. to the poll worker who checks me off the list when I go vote. It ALWAYS goes like this: [Me], "here's my I.D., so you know it's me voting under my name". [Poll worker], "you don't have to show me an I.D.". [Me], "yes I do". [Poll worker], "it's not required by law". [Me], "it's required by me & clearly my standards are higher than those of the law". [SIGH]...I WISH it didn't ALWAYS have to be like this, but it does!! .
22 weeks ago
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So John Davis won on 6 of his 8 complaints The Clerk is directed to enter judgment for Plaintiff on the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh claims for relief, and for Defendants on the sixth and eighth claims for relief. The case remains open, pending disposition of Plaintiff’s request for fees and costs. SO ORDERED this 20th day of May, 2014.

But the deal is he should have gotten help from the DOJ, which should have been on top of this from Day One or at least helped or filed a friend brief (not a lawyer- terminology may be off).

What he got was

crickets.

The Guam thing (another Davis ... something in the genes?) and the Hawaii independence movement does seem like stacking the deck. I wonder what would happen if voting on the mainland was restricted on certain issues to native Americans, or people with ancestors who were here before, say, 1778.
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