HOLDER’S SI­LENCE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder calls the U.S. ‘a na­tion of cow­ards’ be­cause we ‘do not talk enough about race.’ I find this ironic, since the Jus­tice Depart­ment seems em­bar­rassed about a re­cent judg­ment in its fa­vor by the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Fifth Cir­cuit. U.S. v. Ike Brown is a ma­jor Vot­ing Rights Act case in­volv­ing in­ten­tional race-based dis­crim­i­na­tion by lo­cal of­fi­cials in Nox­ubee County, Miss.,” Hans A. von Spakovsky writes at Na­tional Re­view On­line (www.na­tion­al­re­view.com).

“When the Fifth Cir­cuit is­sued its de­ci­sion on Feb. 27, there was com­plete si­lence from Jus­tice. The depart­ment typ­i­cally is­sues a press release af­ter any sig­nif­i­cant lit­i­ga­tion victory, and the Civil Rights Divi­sion trum­pets ev­ery suc­cess. But not here. The si­lence from the na­tion’s lead­ing news out­lets was also deaf­en­ing: Not a word was pub­lished about the case by the New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post or any other ma­jor pub­li­ca­tion. Why? Be­cause the of­fen­sive con­duct at is­sue did not con­ve­niently track with the Left’s view of race dis­crim­i­na­tion,” said Mr. von Spakovsky, a for­mer mem­ber of the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

“The Nox­ubee County case presents a deeply dis­turb­ing ac­count of some of the most egre­gious racial dis­crim­i­na­tion the Jus­tice Depart­ment has en­coun­tered in decades. In Nox­ubee, 80 per­cent of Democrats are black; 20 per­cent are white. (There are some Repub­li­cans as well, but the num­ber is neg­li­gi­ble.) The chair­man of the Demo­cratic party, Ike Brown, is black, and he, along with the Nox­ubee County Demo­cratic Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, set about to ef­fec­tively dis­en­fran­chise white vot­ers.

“The court de­ci­sion shows that Brown had his own lo­cal ver­sion of Tam­many Hall, and lo­cal elec­tion of­fi­cials fol­lowed his or­ders. This in­cluded pub­lish­ing in the

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