Widespread Racism at U.S. Civil Rights Division - Refusal to Prosecute Non-White Defendants

September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With the controversy over DOJ's refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party thugs who terrorized Philadelphia voters during the 2008 presidential election still growing, the testimony of a career Justice Dept. lawyer, Christopher Coates, has in large part been ignored by those to whom it should matter.

Of course there is a reason, Coates' September 24 statement to the Civil Rights Division [answering a previously issued subpoena to which DOJ had counseled non-compliance] charges the agency withy a long and continuing pattern of racial bias/discrimination against non-minority plaintiffs, a mindset clearly on display in DOJ's failure to prosecute the New Black Panthers simply because they are black.

The substance of Coates' testimony alleges a palpable anti-white bias at CRD. That this career official is bringing these serious allegations is all the more notable in that previous to his hiring by the Clinton admin. in 1996, he served as an ACLU voting rights attorney and therefore not a raving "rightie."

"He was hired at Justice during the Clinton administration in 1996 and had worked for the American Civil Liberties Union. Sheldon Bradshaw, a high-level Civil Rights Division official in the Bush administration, said Coates "is nonpartisan in how he enforces voting rights laws." [source, Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson, Bias led to gutting of New Black Panther case Justice official says, September 25, 2010, Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/24/AR2010092403873.html]

According to Coates, until very recently the Civil Rights Division operated exclusively as a provenance of institutional racism directed against whites in the enforcement of voting rights, "...prior to the filing of the Brown case in 2005 [a particularly egregious matter involving anti-white bias by the chair of the Noxubee County, MS, Ike Brown, see, Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/24/coates-obama-appointee-told-me-to-stop-pursuing-race-neutral-enforcement-of-voting-rights-act/] the CRD had never filed a single case under the VRA [Voting Rights Act] in which it claimed that white voters had been subjected to racial discrimination by defendants who were African American...Opposition within the Voting Section was widespread to taking actions under the VRA on hehalf of white voters in Noxubee County..." [source, Coates's testimony before CRD, http://www.usccr.gov/NBPH/TestimonyChristopherCoates_09-24-10.pdf, p. 3]

It is against this widespread antipathy against even entertaining the cases of white plaintiffs in these types of cases that Holder's DOJ is best understood, and the picture it presents isn't pretty.

The New Black Panther's intimidation of whites [evidence of which can be seen at YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU] was judged not to be of sufficient weight as to justify prosecution for one reason, the DOJ has become a politicized bastion of officially tolerated discrimination, as reflected by the behavior of the very division charged with preventing such intolerance.

The additional bias that Mr. Holder [and his boss Mr. Obama] bring to the administration of American justice only further empowers these attitudes within CRD. Given the refusal of the majority of the legacy media to adequately cover this case, we expect more of the same as team Obama nears the mid-point of what is inarguably the most dangerous and reckless administration in over 70 years.

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