Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it "payback time."Incredibly, this is being abetted at the highest levels of the department.
Most disturbing, the dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases...Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.This administration is setting up a system wherein non-minority voters can...and will be intimidated at the polls. Our system has worked so well because, by and large, it's reasonably honest. While there have been irregularities in some cities (Chicago for instance where the dead vote...often), for the most part, it's an honest system. If it's permitted to be perverted, and enabled by this administration then the rule of law will be set aside and rule by totalitarian means can't be far away. Is this the way we want our country to function? I sure don't. What do you think?
Refusing to enforce the law equally means some citizens are protected by the law while others are left to be victimized, depending on their race. Core American principles of equality before the law and freedom from racial discrimination are at risk. Hopefully, equal enforcement of the law is still a point of bipartisan, if not universal, agreement. However, after my experience with the New Black Panther dismissal and the attitudes held by officials in the Civil Rights Division, I am beginning to fear the era of agreement over these core American principles has passed.
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