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Coates: Voter Intimidation Ignored in the Department of Justice If Victim Is White

Written By : Duane Lester
September 24, 2010

On June 30th, I wrote the following about the first claim of racism at the Department of Justice. Megyn Kelly had just interviewed J. Christian Adams and the word was out about the lack of concern when white folks were victims of voter intimidation.

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“There is a pervasive hostility within the civil rights division at the Justice Department toward these sorts of cases,” Adams told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

Adams says the dismissal is a symptom of the Obama administration’s reverse racism and that the Justice Department will not pursue voting rights cases against white victims.

“In voting, that will be the case over the next few years, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

J. Christian Adams was dismissed as a partisan hack, a right winger with an agenda.

Today, his supervisor, Christopher Coates, went against the orders of the DOJ, who told him to ignore a supoena, and spoke truth to power.

His message was disturbing. He described a division of the Department of Justice that was hostile toward defending white people and prosecuting the minorities who intimidate them:

He said civil rights attorneys stick to cases that involve minority victims, and he said the Black Panther case was dismissed following “pressure” by the NAACP and “anger” at the case within the Justice Department itself.

“That anger was the result of their deep-seated opposition to the equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act against racial minorities and for the protection of white voters who have been discriminated against,” he said.

He said a 2005 case against a black official in Mississippi over voter intimidation claims had stirred a backlash in the department and from civil rights groups — and that the New Black Panther case was no different.

The Department of Justice dismissed the testimony, calling the investigation “thin on facts and evidence and thick on rhetoric.”

“The department makes enforcement decisions based on the merits, not the race, gender or ethnicity of any party involved,” department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said. “We are committed to comprehensive and vigorous enforcement of the federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation.”

Then why was the case dropped? It was already won. What was the reason to let the New Black Panther Party members off the hook?

Coates called it a “travesty of justice.”


Now before you left wing trolls start sounding off about how this guy is just another wingnut, read this:

Christopher Coates is a U.S. Justice Department official and former ACLU lawyer.

Coates’ testimony, combined with the testimony of J. Christian Adams, need to be investigated. If there are DOJ lawyers who are refusing to provide Americans the best service they can because of the color of their skin, they need to find other work. If supervisors are creating a culture where this is allowed, or even encouraged, there needs to be action as well, perhaps prosecution for civil rights violations.

But one thing is clear. There are problems in the Department of Justice. And someone needs to take a microscope to the place.

Further reading in the Rightosphere:

Cross posted at All American Blogger.

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