While ‘official Washington’ and the Establishment Media was focused on Stephen Colbert’s immature immigration hearing, which cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of wasted dollars, a real, genuine hearing was taking place. Christopher Coates, former head of the Department of Justice voter rights division, testified to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on the policy of reverse discrimination. How the case against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) was dropped due to Eric Holder and DoJ officials exercising on this policy change since the Obama administration came to power.
The case involves several members of the NBPP who were charged with voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the November 2008 election. Members stood outside a polling location and attempted to ‘persuade’ whites citizens not to vote at all. The JoD under President Bush investigated the case. While criminal charges were dropped, a civil suit was filed and prosecuted. The court sided with the JoD and ruled against the NBPP.
Enter the Obama administration and it’s appointees, Eric Holder, Thomas Perez and others. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the JoD decided to drop the case, despite having won a judgment already. Perez was featured prominently in some 122 emails between JoD officials in the months of April and May of 2009 concerning the decision according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
During his testimony, Coates named names, verifying earlier testimony given by former JoD attorney J. Christian Adams. “I had people who told me point-blank that [they] didn’t come to the voting rights section to sue African-American people,” said Coates. The case against the NBPP was only the second such with a white defendant pursued by the JoD. In 2005, a voters rights case from Mississippi also was largely opposed by many career officials within the JoD.
Coates said “Opposition within the voting section was widespread to taking actions under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of white voters in Noxubee County, Mississippi.” He said “A Voting Section career attorney informed me that he was opposed to bringing voting rights cases against African American defendants … until we reached the day when the socio-economic status of blacks in Mississippi was the same as the socio-economic status of whites living there.” Coates goes on to point out that “Of course, there’s nothing in the statutory language of the VRA that indicates DoJ lawyers can decide not to enforce the race-neutral prohibitions in the Act against racial discrimination… until socio-economic parity is achieved between blacks and whites in the jurisdiction in which the cases arise.”
The Far Left Media has already gone on the offensive, either by not reporting on the Coates testimony at all, or attempting to smear him as a “Bush-era official”. They ignore the fact that Coates was a former attorney for the ACLU and was appointed to the DoJ by Bill Clinton. Coates, is in fact, a Liberal, perhaps a bit too idealistic for his own good, as he believes the law should be equal and apply equally to all regardless of race.
Christopher Coates appearance before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission was a damning blow to the Obama administration and the current officials running the Department of Justice. Coates was reassigned last summer from head of the Voting Rights section and transferred to South Carolina because he was dissatisfied with being over-ruled by his bosses in the DoJ over the dismissal of the case against the New Black Panther Party. Coates’ verified the previous testimony of former DoJ attorney, J. Christian Adams that Eric Holder and other high ranking DoJ officials suspended the voter intimidation case against the NBPP for racial bias reasons.