Ugly in any color

Outrageous polling-place thuggery is intolerable



If the U.S. Department of Justice had ahold of raging white racists who were trying to intimidate black voters into not voting -- and saying that blacks, and in particular black babies, need to be killed -- what do you suppose would or should happen?

Probably not what happened in the case of the "New Black Panther Party" thugs in the Philadelphia voter intimidation case, that's for sure.

The department walked away from the case.

Walked away from blatant racism and voter tampering.

Reportedly because the suspects are black.

That's the explosive allegation by a former Department of Justice attorney, J. Christian Adams. He told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights this past week that not only did his office walk away from the New Black Panther case because of race, but that department higher-ups had told attorneys in the civil rights division not to prosecute any cases involving black defendants and white victims.

In short, what's being alleged here is a rampantly racist U.S. Department of Justice.

To its credit, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is investigating -- even though the alleged victims of the 2008 precinct intimidation are white.

But where is the Obama administration? Wasn't this supposed to be a post-racial presidency?

And where are the media? What if the suspects had been white and the defendants black? Wouldn't it have been the lead news item if 1) militant whites had been trying to stop blacks from voting and 2) the U.S. Department of Justice turned a blind eye toward it?

The answer, of course, is yes.

The simple truth is, no voter intimidation or fraud, especially race-based, should be tolerated in this country -- no matter the race of the parties involved.

One of the suspects that the Department of Justice is letting off scot-free was once filmed shouting on the street, "You want freedom? You're gonna have to kill some crackers! You're gonna have to kill some of their babies! I hate white people -- all of them! Every last iota of a cracker. I hate 'em."

How long would whites in paramilitary-style fatigues wielding nightsticks be allowed to patrol outside voting precincts? Why should such behavior by any race be tolerated?

This administration has some explaining to do.