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article imageOp-Ed: How President Obama is Damaging Race Relations in America

By Johnny Simpson     Jul 25, 2009 in Politics
For taking sides in the Gates case without knowing all the facts, Obama is taking a great deal of heat from across the political spectrum, including other blacks. Yet this is not the first time Obama has taken sides in a heated racially-tinged affair.
During then-candidate Obama's speech on race in Philadelphia last year, Obama pledged to set this nation on a path to racial harmony and peace. Yet since taking office, President Obama has been distinctly one-sided on the issue, and is actually making the racial situation in America worse.
In the Dr. Gates case, the President admitted that Dr. Gates was a friend and that he did not know all the facts of the matter. Yet the President nevertheless sided with Dr. Gates, and took the position that the Cambridge Police "acted stupidly" in the matter. The President then went into a minutes-long recitation of the history of racial profiling in America.
It had me wondering if the President, perhaps even knowing more than he let onto regarding Dr. Gates' alleged hostile and combative behavior which led to his arrest (which was even common knowledge at that time), was using the incident to play the race card. Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh even went so far as to liken the situation to the infamous Duke rape case and accused the President of mimicking the black supremacist thought of his mentor, the controversial Rev Jeremiah Wright:
“I think what we learned last night, ladies and gentlemen, is that President Obama did, after all, listen to Reverend Wright all those 20 years,” Limbaugh said on his show Thursday. “He says, ‘Yeah, I was a member of the church 20 years. I sat there and I didn't hear any of that.’ I think he heard it all."
Barak Obama and Jeremiah Wright
Barak Obama and Jeremiah Wright
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Whether you agree with Rush Limbaugh or not, Mr. Limbaugh's words, as well as my own experience of being arrested for disorderly conduct myself by Cambridge Police not five blocks from Dr. Gates' house some years back (by a black Cambridge cop, by the way), brought to my mind another infamous case where the President took sides in a heated incident involving race: the dismissal of charges in the notorious Black Panther poll watchers case by Obama's AG, Eric Holder, despite a default conviction in hand.
To illustrate my main point here, let us look very closely at the evidence at hand in both cases. In the case of Dr. Gates, the President clearly took sides in a matter he admitted he did not possess all the facts on, and in favor of the black Dr. Gates over the arresting white Cambridge police officer, Sgt. James Crowley.
Yet in the case of the swaggering and arrogant Black Panther poll watchers in Philadelphia (the same city from which candidate Obama made his famed speech on race), who engaged in intimidating and even racist acts which included brandishing batons, interfering with poll workers, and spouting racist statements to white voters like "you will soon be ruled by the black man, cracker" on Election Day last November 4th, acts which Mr. Bartle Bull, a Democrat civil rights lawyer, former campaign aide to Robert Kennedy and poll observer in the Jim Crow South called "the worst voter intimidation I have ever seen," the President, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department did have all the facts in hand.
We all did. The infamous video of that incident went viral and was a national scandal. Not only that, a default conviction was entered against the three Black Panther thugs after they failed to appear in court on charges of violating the 1965 Civil Rights Act, which were originally filed by the Bush Administration.
Black Panther Voting Intimidation?
Fox News says voters complained of intimidation in Philadelphia when they saw an alleged Black Panther member guarding a polling station door. The man was holding a nightstick and police reportedly asked the man to move along.
Screen grab of Election Journal video
Here is a case where, unlike that of Dr. Gates, clearly intimidating and racist behavior was well-documented and even caught on video, and DOJ even had a default conviction in hand. Yet instead of making an example of the three Black Panther thugs to show that racist intimidation would not be tolerated against any race of Americans, Obama's Justice Department dropped the charges and swept it all under the rug. The Washington Times has an exclusive on that situation you can read here.
Here is an illuminating excerpt from that Times exclusive:
Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.
Here is the Justice Department's official response to the charges being dropped:
A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the agency had dropped the case, dismissing two of the men from the lawsuit with no penalty and winning an order against the third man that simply prohibits him from bringing a weapon to a polling place in future elections.
The department was "successful in obtaining an injunction that prohibits the defendant who brandished a weapon outside a Philadelphia polling place from doing so again," spokesman Alejandro Miyar said. "Claims were dismissed against the other defendants based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law."
Eric Holder
Eric Holder, US Attorney General.
US Dept. of Justice
"Facts and the law"? Didn't they see the same video we all did? Notice there is nothing in that statement about the Black Panther thugs "acting stupidly" at the polls? Not to mention the larger fact that bringing weapons to the polls was the least of their egregious offenses? Even today, Eric Holder's Justice Department refuses to answer any and all requests for follow-up information on that case, even from the GOP (chaired by black American Michael Steele, by the way), as to why Justice dropped the charges in so infamous a case in which DOJ had even secured a default conviction, an act unprecedented at Justice.
Why did they bury the case, when everyone else in this nation knew that a very serious incident had taken place? The main point here, people, is that the President indicted a white law officer before he even had all the facts, yet freed three guilty Black Panthers thugs, even with a default conviction in hand. Is that justice, I ask you? How am I supposed to feel as a white American witnessing all this? Happy? Because blacks had such a hard time of it from whites in America's dark past, and that makes it all okay? Now it's my turn to suffer injustice? Is that it? And I should do it with a smile for the sake of racial harmony?
Let us turn this situation on its head a moment. Let us hypothesize that during the Johnson Administration, three white baton-wielding Klan poll watchers in Alabama intimidated black voters in the same exact manner, were charged for the same civil rights offenses as the Black Panthers were, but were then let off with a slap of the wrist by the federal government which resulted in absolutely no punishment for two offenders, and the third was merely prohibited from bringing batons to polls in the future. I ask you. How would Southern blacks have felt about such a blatant and clearly biased miscarriage of justice?
In the next election, are Black Panther poll watchers now more or less likely to intimidate white voters? How about even just barring them from ever being poll watchers again? Too harsh a punishment? Not only that, the President and AG Holder have been deathly silent in the case of a white family in Akron, Ohio being rampaged by a mob of racist epithet-spewing black teens on the Fourth of July, a far more egregious racial offense that that involving Dr. Gates, and which local authorities are unwilling to call a hate crime, same as in a nearly identical racially motivated attack in Marine Park. Black-on-White ain't no hate, right?
In short, an egregious act of real racial intimidation and violence, perpetrated against innocent white Americans by a rampaging black mob, gets no public response or call to action from the Obama administration, nor do other violent hate crimes perpetrated against whites that occur on a daily basis in America. Yet the Gates case is an opportunity for the nation to reflect on the sin of racial profiling of minorities. This double standard on matters involving race could not be more revolting or sickening. The rank hypocrisy on the parts of AG Holder and President Obama is not only clear here, it is glaring.
In one case in which the offenders were not only blatantly racist and intimidating but ruled guilty of it all by a default conviction, DOJ sides with the black offenders and whitewashes the whole affair. Yet in the Gates case, in which the facts were hazy and not very clear at the time, like the fact Officer Crowley is actually a racial profiling expert whose actions were backed up by a black police officer onscene, Obama takes the side of a black hatemonger whom Dr. Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., a Bronx-based Nassua Community College Associate Professor from Ghana, who is all too familiar with Dr. Gates from bad personal experience, even accused of hating Native Africans with the same utter contempt as whites.
Dear Readers, racial injustice is a double-edged sword. While it can't be denied that many major injustices involving racially motivated terror and violence, even lynchings, were perpetrated against black Americans in the past, that is not the America we live in today. In fact, one of the worst crimes being perpetrated against blacks in America today is the ethnic cleaning of black Americans in Los Angeles neighborhoods by racist illegal Mexican gangs like MS-13, and that is not Stormfront making that stunning claim. It is the Southern Poverty Law Center, hardly a conservative or racist bastion.
Look at the insane disparities here, people. The arrest of a Harvard Black Studies professor on charges of disorderly conduct by a white police officer becomes a worldwide news phenomenon and major divisive racial issue in America. Yet in matters of real violent racism and injustice perpetrated against both black and white Americans by violent and even murderous racist thugs and gangs like MS-13, even in D.C., the Obama administration's silence could not be more deafening. A search of the term "ethnic cleansing" at the FBI website returned only a bulletin referencing the proper cleansing of work spaces.
I've searched the FBI website and found no references to the terrorizing and murdering of blacks in Los Angeles by illegal MS-13 gangs, crimes well-documented by the SPLC, a major civil rights NGO. Where is the Justice Department on the ethnic cleansing of American blacks in Los Angeles? Is it too touchy a subject because it involves illegals and yet another protected minority? Don't want to offend La Raza over the unjust persecution of murderous MS-13 gangs terrorizing and killing native black Americans with impunity? Is that why even Mayor Villaigorosa and the Los Angeles City Council are dodging the issue?
MS-13 Face
MS-13 Face
Something is very seriously wrong with this picture, people. In the case of Dr. Gates, an incident that should have began and ended with civil resolution of a case of mistaken identity, and should never have blown up to these insane proportions, is propped up by President Obama as an example of lingering racial tensions and suspicions in America. Yet in the case of the thuggish Black Panthers, who committed racial offenses light years beyond anything Officer Crowley could be accused of, the black perps walk without a peep, even after being convicted of their crimes.
Even worse, the Obama Administration is nowhere to be found on the issue of the ethnic cleansing of black Americans in Los Angeles, and now even our nation's capitol itself, by racist illegal Mexican gangs in a campaign of terror, violence and murder that rivals, if not exceeds, that of the infamous Ku Klux Klan. Something is very seriously screwed up with this administration's polices on race, which appear to be driven more by the warped liberal left-wing ideology that says all whites are racist and blacks never can be than a real desire to impose, by full force of law if necessary, real justice for Americans of ALL races when comes to our liberty, our safety, and our very lives.
President Obama is now the elected leader of all of the American people. He does not have the luxury of taking sides in heated matters of race for which his mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is infamous for. Yet that is exactly what he and his administration have been doing since taking office.
Racial injustice cuts both ways, people. To paraphrase Rev. Wright, Hillary Clinton may have never been called a n***er, but you don't have to be black to know what it feels like to be treated like one. Is that what white people are in America today? The new n***ers? It's sure starting to feel like it! Who doesn't treat us with outright suspicion, hatred and contempt based only on the color of our skin, even moreso for our political beliefs, especially the rabid Left? Race-baiters like Wright, Farrakhan, Sharpton and most likely Dr. Gates have made a cottage industry in America out of Hating Whitey. Quite profitable, too. Too juicy to give all that up? Even liberal white lefties like KOS and Jeanine Garofalo are in on the game. How sick is that?
Republican Strategy: Lynch Michelle Obama
Republican Strategy: Lynch Michelle Obama
The greatest and blackest irony here is that President Obama set himself above the fray in order to promote himself as a racial uniter. Yet he and his administration's actions to this point could not be more racially preferential or divisive. In perhaps even greater ironic fashion, I myself will probably be accused of stoking racial tensions, perhaps of even attempting to start a race war myself. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have condemned White Supremacists with the same outrage and fury as I have the Black Panthers. In fact, it is the growing racial tensions being inflamed by people like Dr. Gates, the Black Panthers, even the Obama administration itself, that I am trying to quell here. Injustice fuels tensions and division, not I.
I have defended President Obama quite loudly and harshly against those who hate the President based only on his skin color. When will he return the favor for me? Will he ever? It's not looking good right now. I can tell you this, people. As an American citizen who just happened to be born white, and who has personally experienced a great deal of racial hatred and terror at the hands of racist black teenage punks while growing up in a mean and racially divided housing project not a stone's throw from where Dr. Gates teaches his Black Studies courses at Harvard, I know racial injustice when I see it. I've seen it up close.
Be it blacks terrorizing whites or whites terrorizing blacks, the key themes here are racial terror and injustice. Fewer crimes are more equal opportunity. The hammer of the law must be brought down on all racial criminal offenders with equal force and penalty, be it the Black Panthers, the Ku Klux Klan or MS-13, or there is no racial justice in America. To play favorites, like calling the Cambridge police stupid in the disorderly conduct arrest of a black man, while at the same time giving intimidating Black Panther thugs a pass in one of the worst cases of voter intimidation in modern times, screams injustice. And that disparity in matters of race is only fueling the fires President Obama promised to extinguish during his campaign.
Recently, Dr. Gates stated that up until this incident he had experienced no racial persecution as a black man. As a white man I have, even at knifepoint. In that respect, I am even more of an expert on racial injustice than Dr. Gates ever will be. A racial attack in Cambridge by four black Michigan Wolverine gang members nearly killed one of my nephews. He's a bigger expert on the subject than the both of us combined. Be it Reginald Denny or James Byrd, hate-driven violence cannot be tolerated or equivocated. That applies to hate crimes against all innocent Americans, including Matthew Shepherd and Teena Brandon. No American should have to live in fear, or suffer and even die violently because of who they are.
Matthew Wayne Shepard
Matthew Wayne Shepard – (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was a student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and subsequently murdered near Laramie, Wyoming. During the trial, witnesses stated that Shepard was targeted because he was gay.
President Obama, from this day forward, must address racial and other injustices of all stripes with equal commitment and passion, and with the full force of law. If he does not, and continues to play favorites with blacks like Dr. Gates and the Black Panther thugs while ignoring the real racism perpetrated against whites, he risks presiding over the worst disintegration of race relations in America since the contentious Jim Crow Civil Rights era. He must President in that respect for all Americans, or he is President to none.
I do believe it is time we Americans had that long-procrastinated discussion on race in this country. If the President, or any other Americans for that matter, wonder how we can all just get along, I've written an extensive opinion piece on the subject myself. It's a long essay. Epic, in fact. But this an epic subject.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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