Voters at a precinct on Philadelphia's Fairmont Street witnessed unusual sights and sounds on Election Day on Nov. 4, 2008.
Two members of the New Black Panther Party, King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, stood within 15 feet of this polling station dressed in military-style black jackets, black berets, and black combat boots. Shabazz wielded a two-foot-long night stick.
"Cracker, you are about to be ruled by a black man," one of the New Black Panthers told a white voter. They taunted others as "white devils." A black couple serving as GOP poll watchers felt endangered when the Panthers called them "race traitors."
At an April 23, 2010 U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing, Chris Hill, an eyewitness, explained under oath that he spoke with the male Republican pollster inside the precinct. "He was definitely shook up," Hill testified. "And he told me that he was called a race traitor by Mr. Shabazz . . . and that he was threatened if he stepped outside of the building, there would be hell to pay."
Surely the Obama administration prosecuted Shabazz and Jackson for voter intimidation.
When they ignored late-term Bush administration charges of Voting Rights Act violations, federal district judge Stewart Dalzell issued a default ruling against Shabazz, Jackson, the New Black Panther Party, and its chairman, Malik Zulu Shabazz (no relation to the other Shabazz).
Although career federal prosecutors won this case (arguing, among other things, that "There is never a good reason to bring a billy club to a polling station"), they were overruled by political appointees in Obama's Justice Department who ordered them to dismiss the complaints against all parties except King Samir Shabazz.
He was ordered not to exhibit a weapon within 100 feet of a Philadelphia precinct through Nov.15, 2012. Pittsburgh seems fair game.
The May 15, 2009 case dismissal was timed perfectly for Jerry Jackson.
During the 2008 incident, he was an elected member of Philadelphia's 14th Ward Democratic Committee and a credentialed poll watcher for the Democrat Party and the Obama campaign. With the federal case safely behind him, Jackson watched the polls again in municipal elections on May 19, 2009.
This situation is even more outrageous given the unvarnished bigotry of those involved.
"You want freedom, you gonna have to kill some crackers" King Samir Shabazz says on a National Geographic/YouTube video. "You gonna have to kill some of they (sic) babies."
"F*** Whitey's Christmas," read a message on Jerry Jackson's MySpace page, until it was whitewashed once Kerry Picket uncovered it in July 30, 2009's Washington Times. "BLACK UNITY, BLACK MINDS, KILLIN CRAKKKAS," stated Jackson's webpage.
The Leftish Southern Poverty Law Center calls NBPP "a hate group based on the anti-white, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic views its leaders have repeatedly expressed."
Why would the supposedly ethnically transcendent Obama administration distribute free passes to the black equivalent of Klansmen? Blame power-lust and unequal justice under law.
J. Christian Adams, until recently a career attorney in the Justice Department's Voting Rights Division, testified under oath July 6 about an increasingly radical DOJ before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
- According to Adams, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes last November instructed prosecutors on the "Motor Voter" law that governs voter registration. Regarding that statute's Section 8 — which requires that local officials purge their rolls of relocated, ineligible, and dead voters — Adams recalls hearing Fernandes, an Obama political appointee, say: "We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law. It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it." Such lawlessness, of course, invites ACORN-style vote fraud.
- Adams also testified: "I was told by Voting Section management that cases are not going to be brought against black defendants on the benefit of white victims."
Adams, who resigned from Justice in protest on June 1, encapsulated the Obama administration's moral bankruptcy in this case. "We abetted wrongdoers and abandoned law-abiding citizens."
New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.