On July 2, I wrote on federal district judge Tom Lee's ruling in which the Mississippi Noxubee county black political machine run by Ike Brown was guilty of doing whatever was necessary to insure that only black officials were elected to office, mainly by unfairly restricting who got on the ballot. He did this systematically and methodically, according to Judge Lee, because there is a black majority (70%) in the state, and Brown felt that all office-holders should be black. And so he got nailed. Did you hear or read about this in the media, anywhere else?
Voting Rights Turnabout
from The Wall street Journal
A victory for disfranchised Mississippi voters--and they happen to be white.
Monday, July 2, 2007Well, it's not really big news, I guess, except it's the first such case in American history. There were no lynchings, no burnings - no loud, strident protesters screaming for justice - just our justice system doing what it is supposed to be doing: putting the checks on injustice, whatever the color, one statute at a time.
Last week a federal district judge found direct evidence that the political machine in Noxubee County, Miss., had discriminated against voters with the intent to infringe their rights and that "these abuses have been racially motivated."
Among the abuses catalogued by Judge Tom Lee were the paying of notaries public to visit voters and illegally mark their absentee ballots, manipulation of the registration rolls, importation of illegal candidates to run for county office, and publication of a list of voters, classified by race, who might have their ballots challenged. The judge criticized state political officials for being "remiss" in addressing the abuses. The U.S. Justice Department, which sued Noxubee officials under the Voting Rights Act, has called conditions there "the most extreme case of racial exclusion seen by the [department's] Voting Section in decades."
Explosive stuff, so why haven't you heard about it? Because the Noxubee case doesn't fit the media stereotype for voting rights abuses. The local political machine is run by Ike Brown, a twice-convicted felon. Mr. Brown is black, and the voters who were discriminated against were white.
Judge Lee concluded that Mr. Brown retained his power "by whatever means were necessary." According to the judge, Mr. Brown believed that "blacks, being the majority race in Noxubee County, should hold all elected offices, to the exclusion of whites." (Whites are 30% of the county's 12,500 people, but only two of the 26 elected county officials.) Judge Lee also criticized top officials of the state Democratic Party for "failing to take action to rectify [Mr. Brown's] abuses." (read the rest...)
Ho hum, what else can you show me? I suppose the MSM figured the crackers were just getting a taste of their own medicine, but actually, it's the other way around. At least this time, justice in Mississippi was (color)blind.
Update: La Shawn Barber, of whom I am a big fan, has more on racial colorblindness. Take a look.
Hillbilly White Trash
La Shawn Barber