J. Christian Adams is an American hero and his new book INJUSTICE: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department is an indispensable work for our time.
But be warned that I — as reviewers often are, even if they don’t say so — am biased, quite obviously so. From page 155 of Adams’ book: “The following week, I received an unexpected phone call from Roger Simon asking me to become a contributor to his media site Pajamas Media, one of the leading conservative news websites. I accepted his offer, and soon began writing about issues such as civil rights and the ongoing activities of the Obama DOJ.”
I make no claim of editorial brilliance for drafting Christian then. An attorney for the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, he had just resigned after the testimony of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez in the now infamous New Black Panther case. He wanted to blow the whistle on what he came to call the racialist (inordinately tilted in favor of minorities, largely African-American) policies and actions of the DOJ. And I was the perfect audience — having been a voter registration worker myself during the Civil Rights Movement (South Carolina 1966). I was appalled by what he told me.
So I do take inordinate pride in the subsequent writings of Christian Adams on PJMedia. They have had a significant, and growing, impact on our country and justice system. They are arguably the most socially useful articles our company has published.
That out of the way, let me turn to why I believe Injustice may be the most important American publication this year. Simply, the book details quite specifically how the U.S. DOJ has been corrupted, hijacked might be a more appropriate term, by so-called “progressive” ideology to the extent that it no longer functions remotely as a genuine Department of Justice, but as something out of Orwell’s Animal Farm or Ugo Betti’s Corruption in the Palace of Justice. Just as in Orwell, justice is selectively and unequally applied and, as in Betti, the fish rots from the top.
Adams begins with the Ike Brown case (“Payback in Mississippi”), takes us through the astoundingly ideological hiring practices — approaching left-wing purity tests — of the Obama/Holder DOJ (“Personnel is Policy”) and on to his own involvement, and eventual whistle-blowing, as the DOJ declined to enforce its judgment on the execrable racists of the New Black Panther Party (“Anatomy of a Scandal”). To the Obama/Holder DOJ, only whites, never blacks, could be racists. Past grievances always outweighed present reality.
Unfortunately, the book was written too soon to include the latest DOJ debacle – the “Fast and Furious” scandal for which AG Holder is currently under House subpoena — but I am sure that murderous escapade will be close to the consciousness of all readers of the book.
Closer still is a great and, to me, even more important dilemma for our times.
Why do educated people like Holder still think this way, still mired in racial payback? I am far from a hundred percent admirer of Mahatma Gandhi, but his admonition “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” has a certain resonance for me. As a Jew, I knew I could not hate German people forever. I could not blame contemporary Germans for the Holocaust and hope that we (Jews) and they (Germans) could live together in a productive present, let alone future.
Evidently our Attorney General Eric Holder finds letting go especially difficult, almost to the level of pathology. As Christian Adams points out at the beginning of his book, since 1971 Holder has walked around with this newspaper clipping from Harlem preacher Samuel D. Proctor in his wallet:
Blackness is another issue entirely apart from class in America. No matter how affluent, educated and mobile [a black person] becomes, his race defines him more particularly than anything else. Black people have a common cause that requires attending to, and this cause does not allow for the rigid class separation that is the luxury of American whites. There is a sense in which every black man is as far from liberation as the weakest in his weakness is attributable to racial injustice.
With that separatist blather in his pocket — it sounds like leftover reactionary tripe from Frantz Fanon — it is small wonder that Holder is and was willing to corrupt the palace of justice. Leaving aside the obvious — that statements of this sort are absolutely self-destructive to black people — I do remain confused why Holder could still believe it. He has adopted a kind of nostalgia for racism that makes it impossible for him (and others, alas, given his position) to move on. Severe neurosis manifest as racial enmity now dominates the DOJ from its hiring policies to its legal positions. That is a terrifying situation for a democracy or a republic.
That is the legacy of Barack Obama, who trumpeted himself as the first post-racial president. It will take a much more self-actualized person like — dare I say it — Herman Cain to correct this.
Meanwhile, buy Christian’s book.