In a rare example of honesty from a member of the Washington establishment, former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis discussed for Politico the difference between the Trayvon Martin situation and previous cases hyped by civil rights organizations. In the piece, he berates Democratic operatives or the Justice Department which compared voter ID laws with the billy clubs used in the South during the 1960s by law enforcement.

He also criticizes the Congressional Black Caucus, which consistently attacks any ethics investigation upon one of its members as a racist conspiracy. I assume he is alluding to complaints issued against Charles ‘Beached Whale’ Rangel, Bill ‘Icebox Jefferson, or Maxine ‘Muddy” Waters, among others.

Artur Davis

Davis points out that when people cry racism at every alleged affront, including the execution of a cop killer, it demeans the term and inures the general public when real injustice occurs. Most of us who have heard such charges over the last 30 years have long recognized this. We also know that there is a reason for such phonyisms. That rationale is that it makes constituents actually believe that these politicians are on their side, since they believe that the reason for their own personal failure is because ‘the man’ has kept them down. So, these corrupt politicians and interest group leaders, who could actually accomplish something to help people in their district, keep getting elected no matter how poorly they serve the voters.

Here is a segment of what Davis wrote:

“To all manner of people, Trayvon Martin’s death is actually what real injustice looks like. Not the hyped “injustice” Democratic operatives invoke when they equate a voter ID requirement with a billy club, or when the Department of Justice compares an ID with brutal sixties-style suppression. Not the exaggerated “injustice” claimed by the Congressional Black Caucus when it blames the ethics investigations of so many of its members on a racist conspiracy, as if a bipartisan Ethics Committee had any plausible interest in doing such a thing. Not the over-heated, dramatized “injustice” ascribed to the execution of Troy Davis, a man whom nine witnesses said was a cop-killer and whose conviction survived each level of review from judges of every partisan and ideological stripe.
If only the race card weren’t played so promiscuously, more Americans might hear this child’s death as the inexcusable event it seems to be. If the zone weren’t already filled with cries of racism, the shooting might be a teachable moment about the ways prejudice shapes fear, and the ways that fear can distort lives, and the foolishness of laws that license that fear to kill.”

I’m guessing that Davis is not interested in returning to elective office. It’s a shame that such honesty will surely be punished by the corruption endemic in the powerful in the civil rights movement lately.