July 14, 2014

"To even investigate something like that is itself a civil rights violation."

Says Instapundit, noting a piece in The Washington Times that says "The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama." That piece paraphrases the report in the Omaha World-Herald, which says:
The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade. The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
So, "investigate" replaced "has joined the discussions." And The Washington Times omitted the material explaining the role of the Community Relations Service team: "getting involved in discrimination disputes."

You might still want to deem this federal activity "a civil rights violation." It is intimidating the local Nebraska people who had the nerve to make fun of the President within an unsophisticated folk tradition, the 4th of July parade. (We talked about the depiction of the Obama Presidential Library as an outhouse here.) But it doesn't seem to be an "investigation" in the sense of looking for evidence of a criminal violation.

Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America? That's a separate question from whether we object to the participation of the Community Relations Service team in this instance, which doesn't entail any sort of threat to people of a particular race. It's mockery of the President. And there is something seriously wrong with deploying even the mellow-sounding Community Relations Service team to get out the message: If you criticize the President, the forces of the federal government will descend upon your community and make it look as though a shameful racial problem is festering.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder went on "ABC This Week" yesterday to do a performance — a subtle, sophisticated performance — in the theater of racial politics:




ABC has an "automatically generated" transcript here, but you have to watch the video to get the precise text. I've done some corrections:
[T]here is a certain level of vehemence that seems to me it's directed me, directed at the president. You know, people talk about taking their country back... [I]t seems to me that this president has been treated differently than than others.
The interviewer, ABC News' Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas, quotes Al Sharpton saying that criticism of the President is "about race" and invites Holder to adopt those words. Holder frames his words carefully:
There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don't think this is a main driver. But for some, there's a racial animus. 
Thomas says that some Republicans will say "There they go again, raising the race issue... Do they have a point?" Holder says:
No, I mean what I just said was that is only, I think, a driver for some people. You know, there is a lot of... ideology that drives this criticism. You know, it's interesting to me that for whatever reason Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were simply not going to cooperate with.
That's quite muted, in my opinion, and it's hackish of The Washington Times to report this under the headline "Eric Holder: ‘Racial animus’ fuels opposition to Obama and me." This, too, is racial politics, and it's not subtle or sophisticated. There should at least be a "some" in front of "opposition." And Holder was clear that he thought it was also (even mostly) ideology that drives the criticism.

We're deeply embedded in racial politics, and those who point to others and say they're doing racial politics are part of the theater of racial politics. I'm trying not to be part of the show here, but I can see that it's impossible. If I point out that the Washington Times is doing racial politics as it points out that Holder is doing racial politics as he points out that some people are doing racial politics, I'm doing racial politics. There is no way to stop. Not yet. 

99 comments:

mesquito said...

The correct answer to any question from the Community Relations Service is: "Fuck you."

Michael K said...

"Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America?"

Only when it is used as intimidation, such as is the case with this DoJ always.

Paco Wové said...

"the mellow-sounding Community Relations Service"

Just another helpful arm of your Ministry of Love.

paminwi said...

Eric Holder is a thug in a suit.

campy said...

Remember when dissent was patriotic?

Eric said...

I object to the existence of a Community Relations Service team.

Bob R said...

Vee haff vaays of "joining the discussion."

MayBee said...

Daily Kos was filled with "taking our country back" when Bush was president. It's a common phrase for activists from the out party to use.

People who use that phrase to point out racism against Obama should be made to defend their example.

Abdul Abulbul Amir said...


"Some" is just a dodge. Everyone knows that in a country of 300+ million some will be motivated by any of thousands of motives. Some may believe Obama is an android, some that he eats babies, some that he is unkind to small birds, some may have been screwed by Obamacare. The list is endless.

The reason to pick supposed racial animus out for special mention is to make any opposition at all suspect.

Bob Boyd said...

The CRS is there to turn this from a local story into a national story.

Oso Negro said...

Mockery of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave inspired his supporters to term us all "racists". Once you embrace that term, and accept that it is utterly unconnected to what was formerly considered racism (except through the tortured manipulations of the grievance industry and academia), it is quite freeing.

I would like to propose a new American holiday, Racism Day. On this special day, racism would be practice openly in the good old way. There would be freedom of association for just that special day - if you did't want black teenagers in your convenience story, you could hang a sign that said "No Blacks". There would be freedom of speech - if you wanted to say "ching chong ching chong ching chong" to a Chinese person, you could go right ahead in English. We would tear down all that PC bullshit that is so annoying - if you hate the sound of 'Para espagnol, presione el dos' you could tell the Bank President to shove it up his taco-loving ass.

White people wouldn't be able to enjoy the holiday as much as ethnic minorities, because there are no racial epithets capable of harming white people. But, I suggest a new Presidential Commission for Language Justice that attempts to invent some. Just think of the employment opportunity for all those ethnic studies majors!

Yes, it would be a grand holiday and serve the useful purpose of reminding the perpetually aggrieved just what life was like back in the day.

Now were is my favorite junglebunny Crack Emcee, to come deconstruct me?

Birkel said...

I am pretty sure the ideological opposition to Obama/Holder is bad.

It's a good thing Obama is never ideological.

Because Racism!

rhhardin said...

The implication is that Obama's papers are only suitable for use as toilet paper, which is the impression you get from his speeches, along with the order to investigate that opinion.

Richard Epstein and John Yoo guessed last year that Holder would be gone by January 2014, at the latest, over whatever series of misdeeds it was at the time.

Andrew said...

Maybe the town should "investigate" the Community Relations Team. Summon them to town halls, city council meetings, etc. Take names, get addresses, supervisors, ask for documents. I think the power of these people is really in their anonymity. Name them.

David Hampton said...

The lazy and yet clever way to deflect well-founded criticism of minorities of any color is to use the boilerplate dog whistle "racism" depriving others of their first amendment right to disagree. The so-called "nuclear option" used to be their kryptonite against the Superman straw man. Unfortunately, they have worn out the shock value of that term and diminished the history behind it. Martin Luther King would not be proud of where his work and sacrifice ended up on the ash heap of banality.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...


" there's a racial animus", says the racist anus.

h/t Nick Searcy

Chuck said...

Althouse: "Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America? That's a separate question from whether we object to the participation of the Community Relations Service team in this instance, which doesn't entail any sort of threat to people of a particular race."

Althouse, I think we should object to the EXISTENCE of the "Community Relations Service Team."

MadisonMan said...

What a waste of tax money. But bureaucrats gotta eat and they can really mine this 'racial animus' vein for a while.

But any Fed who would come to my door to ask questions about this would get a terse 'Leave me alone'.

jacksonjay said...

This is Eric "MY People" Holder, right? The guy who called us a bunch of "cowards" because we won't confess to being racist. Must be kin to Cracked.

Holder is the guy who dropped the case in Philly involving the thugs at the polling place, right? He is still looking for a way to charge George Zimmerman, right? He is crusading against Voter ID laws, right? Did he "join the discussion" on the rodeo clown in Missouri? He most definitely appointed an Obama partisan to investigate Lois Lerner!

Despite lying to Issa's committee and being held in contempt, I think that Holder is just dreamy!

Curious George said...

"That's quite muted, in my opinion..."

Seriously? It doesn't have to be any more direct than that. He doesn't have to go all crack emcee. He just has to prime the pump.

machine said...

the Washington Times? right up there with Todd Starnes...

rhhardin said...

The only race feeling about Obama is surprise from whites how bad the administration is.

EDH said...

But for some, there's a racial animus.

Althouse can get back to us when Holder starts telling us which of his opponents are or aren't "fueled" or "driven" by racial animus, but in the mean time the charge hangs over every one of them, does it not?

This is one case where Althouse needs to stop parsing words and look to the broader effect of them in order to understand the speaker's malicious intent.

Freder Frederson said...

Remember when dissent was patriotic?

It certainly wasn't during the last president's administration.

I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times on this very forum for criticizing the Bush administration.

Hagar said...

Eric Holder is going to see to it that every last lunch counter in America is integrated.
Lunch counters may be hard to find anymore, but if there are any left, Eric Holder is going to find them and see to it that they are well and truly integrated.

Tank said...

Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America?

Yes, if we believe in freedom.

Or, send them to Crack's house.

chillblaine said...

The most powerful man in the free world needs a rapid response team in case his feelings get hurt.

Ironclad said...

Intimidation is best when practiced lightly - the appearance of a "Community Relations Specialist" in your town is the clearest signal of "we would hate if something happened to your business" to keep the yokels in check. And now that it's pretty clear that the IRS will be used against you, Holder is making it clear he condones this type of "corrective behavior".

As far as the race angle goes - the election is coming up soon and the border isn't getting better. Holder knows they need a diversion, so the well used "bias" card is being played again. I wonder if Obama understands how much he has corroded the idea of race equality in the USA - I still think it has the potential to get much uglier after the election. I would not be surprised if rioting isn't the next tactic if the November elections go really badly for the Dems.

Cornroaster said...

Next year, every Fourth of July parade in the country should have two floats - one representing the Department of Justice (an outhouse) and one representing the IRS (a cesspool.)

gerry said...

Any criticism of Obama was from the very beginning of his candidacy defined as "dog whistle racism" by Obama protectors, supporters, and handlers.

We're deeply embedded in racial politics. Well, whose doing is that? Those who dreamily justified and embraced their hippie goodness by supporting an inexperienced and naive speechifying, ocean-level-controlling candidate, or those who tried to call attention to his deficits, but were assailed as cryptoracists or outright racists for daring to ask such questions?

SGT Ted said...

Since Eric Holder is a racist, any Community Relations Service team fr4om the DOJ is going to be little more than a pack of thugs going after white people for DARING to INSULT a President that happens to be black.


campy said...

Next time, ask Holder for specifics: please name one Obama critic who's probably not a racist. I'll bet he won't.

chickelit said...

There is no way to stop. Not yet.

The proper, civil, and American way to stop this overreach is to re-empower Congress. I don't mean just re-electing incumbents.

SGT Ted said...

Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America?

No, not from this utterly corrupt and racist administration.

They have no good will with anybody that isn't black or a raging progressive, or a Democrat political donor. They are on the opposite team and are obviously targeting ordinary white Americans for "payback".

They aren't a neutral party anymore. Nor do they care for actual civil rights.

They aren't even acting like Americans and they have already picked sides before they've even shown up.

Steve said...

I object to the fact that the "Community Relations Service team" even exists.

dreams said...

Its the Dems who are racist, look at the way they've treated Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice. The Dems have a serious problem with projection.

Mark said...

The only appropriate costume for Barry Dauphin is a diaper.

Because Holder is a sophisticated (if evil) factotum. There's no way to make sending the feds in to intimidate piddling middle-of-nowhere pranksters look good to anyone. So this has been Barry's call.

He just keeps getting worse at this game.

Quasimodo said...

" It is intimidating the local Nebraska people who had the nerve to make fun of the President ... "

enough said. intimidation was the intent.

tom swift said...

What a load.

Eric Holder eats, drinks, and breathes racism.

And there's nothing subtle about it.

Recognizing this is not racism. Writing about it is not racism.

The belief that blacks can't be criticized for racist beliefs, words, or actions - now that is racism.

Fernandinande said...

Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes,

No, it gets involved when non-blacks don't toe the line; there's no discrimination here.

Eric "My People" Holder - what a creep.

MadisonMan said...

I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times on this very forum for criticizing the Bush administration.

Back then you weren't being racist.

EDH said...

So, "investigate" replaced "has joined the discussions." And The Washington Times omitted the material explaining the role of the Community Relations Service team: "getting involved in discrimination disputes."

What else does the federal government say it does?

- The IRS Mission: Provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

- Presidential Oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Anonymous said...

The Guy Who Poops in the Hall says:

When I poop in the hall no one can tell from the poop whether I am black or white: my poop transcends race, and can only be seen in the context of itself. It is poop, no more, no less, and yet it is a statement of intent, free of racial connotation: I poop in the hall in the name of Freedom. My inner self is in turmoil.

hawkeyedjb said...

"I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times on this very forum for criticizing the Bush administration."

The horror. Being called names on a blog! That's just like being investigated by the federal government.

FullMoon said...

Freder Frederson said...

Remember when dissent was patriotic?

It certainly wasn't during the last president's administration.

I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times on this very forum for criticizing the Bush administration.


YOU LIE!

tim in vermont said...

If you can't make fun of him/her, he/she is not qualified to be President.


Hagar said...

I suspect Obama and Holder has a deal: Obama does not mess with Holder and his Civil Rights Division, and Holder does not appoint a special prosecutor for any purpose whatever.

tim in vermont said...

We all know, in our hearts, that our opposition to Dukakis becoming president was that Obama was black.

n.n said...

He lost me at "redistributive change". It was at that time when he revealed that his strategy would be to marginalize Americans. His support for abortion/murder... Well, he's a Democrat. They believe in spontaneous conception and selective assignment of value. He also supports cost shifting (e.g. Obamacare) as reform; population shifting/displacement as immigration reform; selective (i.e. unprincipled) exclusion; etc. Holder is either naive, insular, or possesses ulterior motives.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Methinks Eric Holder could find 'racial animus' in a grapefruit.

[I]t seems to me that this president has been treated differently than than others.

Perhaps. But then this president has treated the Country, its laws, and its people with less respect than other presidents.

(Possible exception would be Abraham Lincoln - a case of having to destroy the Constitution in order to save it.)

Anonymous said...

The Guy Who Poops in the Hall says:

I, The Guy Who Poops in the Hall, am a blank slate upon which people can project their hopes and their fears. Some may picture me as white and disgruntled, others may picture me as black and fighting oppression: my poop is a Rorschach test upon which people expose their true selves. Me, I can always see the butterfly. My inner self is in turmoil.

Lance said...

That's quite muted, in my opinion

Why did he choose a muted response? Why not say "No, Sharpton is wrong, most of the opposition stems from policy, ideology, or even principle. There is a certain racial component to this for some people, unfortunately, but not most."

Of course he's doing racial politics. He wants to force his political opponents to have to prove that they're not racists, even though he hasn't provided any evidence that they are.

Anonymous said...

The Guy Who Poops in the Hall says:

The hall has two destinations, depending on the direction you travel. By pooping in the hall I am making the statement that I disagree with the two choices offered: my poop is neither black nor white. By pooping in the hall I free myself of all racial constructs and expectations; my inner self is in turmoil.

Curious George said...

"Freder Frederson said...
I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times on this very forum for criticizing the Bush administration."

Bullshit.

madAsHell said...

They sent the Community Relations Service to stir up the Trayvon Martin episode.

Cheryl said...

What is going on with this federal government and Nebraska? I read earlier that the governor of Nebraska was complaining (rightly, in my opinion) that some of the illegal immigrant children who have lately crossed the border are being resettled in his state, without letting anyone in his state know. And then this "investigation." These feel like acts to intimidate.

Nice little state you got there...

Anonymous said...

The Guy Who Poops in the Hall says:

There are those who step around the poop in the hallway, and those who step over the poop. This has nothing to do with race. My inner self is in turmoil.

jono39 said...

The race card pure and simple. Well Holder is an American after all, he has the same right, actually he is the only one who any longer has the "right" to invoke race in public speech. Actually he deserves to be impeached for this performance. The Federal Government is becoming a singular threat to the Republic. I do not mean Holder and Obama who are incompetent to wield power. But they are polluting the public discourse as low as it already was at the turn of the century.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

MayBee @ 7:10AM. Good point, about "taking back our country" being common heat-up-the-base.

Google "take back america": first up is a 2008 conference of that name w/ Van Jones, Rev. Jesse Jackson, etc.

Anonymous said...

Remember when dissent was patriotic?

9/11 changed everything.

Or so we were told at the time, when people were accused of being traitors for speaking ill of President Bush.

Paco Wové said...

"I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times"

Oh, Freder, you poor little mistreated baby.

You are the most butthurt commenter ever. A veritable neutron star of wounded amour propre. I'm surprised you don't sink into the earth, with all that accumulated pain and trauma.

Bob Ellison said...

I agree with the Professor that Instapundit's and the Washington Times's implication that some PR guy going to Nebraska for a tiny con-fab does not constitute an investigation.

But why does the DOJ have any PR people at all? That's a waste of resources. How much does a trip from DC to Lincoln cost these days?

Eric Holder is not a thug. He's an idiot. He says "race" the way Harry Reid says "Koch". Maybe it's Tourette Syndrome. Don't think too hard about how he's playing the politics. He's not that smart. He's just being Eric.

Anonymous said...

Terrible Reading Comprehension Guy says:

Am I the only one to notice that yesterday Althouse was writing about setting houses on fire and today she is writing about racial politics? Am I the only one who sees what she is doing? I find this connection of themes dangerous, but obviously the Professor has no problem yelling "Fire!" in a burning theater. Tread carefully Althouse, tread carefully.

William said...

How soon they forget. Eric Holder has long sought justice for all Americans regardless of their race. Marc Rich was not a black man, but Holder went to considerable trouble and endured much abuse in order to secure justice for that persecuted financier.

William said...

I'd like to see a movie made about the Marc Rich case. Maybe Robert Redford could play the Holder role.

Levi Starks said...

This investigation is pointless, unless the point is to intimidate. Narcissism just doesn't go over all that well in mid America. The outhouse library is obviously the end result of a president who pokes sharp sticks in the eyes of his opponents every chance he gets. Which is pretty much every time he opens his mouth.

David said...

"Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America? "

Yes. In the first place because the "serious belief" of a group of bureaucrats in DC is an unreliable guide to actual need. It's their job to find need. That puts bread on their table.

Seems to me that the publicity and debate that the parade float generated was exactly the right response. The public can deal with issues of this low magnitude on its own. Getting the feds involved in minor matters simply taints the government's credibility when there is a more impactful issue to be addressed.

Holder as AG is probably the second most powerful person in Washington. It's unsurprising that he would believe that some of the opposition to him and the President is racially motivated. And of course he is right. Some is. The problem is that he uses that undeniable truth to try to taint all opposition to Obama. Obama personally has remained above that assertion. Holder should follow that example, but probably it's part of his job to do what Obama can (or will) not.

Curious George said...

Wait, that was Eric Holder? I thought it was Laurence Fishburne.

Freder Frederson said...

Oh, Freder, you poor little mistreated baby.

I could actually care less what you call me. My point was to point out the hypocrisy and selective memory of so many commenters here.

lemondog said...

DOJ must be going nutz investigating the many various sites
poking fun at O.

Rusty said...

Freder Frederson said...
Oh, Freder, you poor little mistreated baby.

I could actually care less what you call me. My point was to point out the hypocrisy and selective memory of so many commenters here.

Anectdotes aren't evidence. And it isn't about you anyway.
Racist

chillblaine said...

"Obama personally has remained above that assertion"

Well,

He told David Remnick, "There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president."

This line of attack emerged during the 2008 campaign, and continues to this day. He just usually has had others get their hands dirty. Valerie probably directs much of this strategy.

hawkeyedjb said...

..."people were accused of being traitors for speaking ill of President Bush.

Citation please. I'd like to read a specific instance in which one was "accused of being a traitor" merely for speaking ill of President Bush.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

I wonder, though, was the float "ugly?" I would hate to think an ugly display wouldn't get a response from the CRS. If it really was "ugly." Who can make that determination?

Drago said...

Freder: "My point was to point out the hypocrisy and selective memory of so many commenters here."

One would be hard pressed to find anyone more hypocritical than you.

So why don't you take a moment and provide a couple of links for what you assert?

I'm betting you can't.

Therefore you won't.

But yet you'll prattle on.

The Godfather said...

No, the DOJ shouldn't send a community relations person if it thinks there's a serious outbreak of racial hatred. Racial hatred is offensive, but it's not illegal. Therefore, it's no business of the DOJ. Congress should defund the community relations office.

But by no possible stretch of imagination does this incident represent a serious outbreak of racial hatred. Holy smoke! Have we completely lost all sense of perspective?

Drago said...

And why are the lefties even taking the time to post today?

Shouldn't they be busy with providing direct support to all of these illegal immigrant "children" who somehow, magically, were transported over a thousand miles and showed up at our southern border looking for "Dreamer" status?

damikesc said...

It certainly wasn't during the last president's administration.

The front runner for the Dem nomination for President was quite adamant that it was.

As did the current President --- who also had no problem filibustering SCOTUS nominees, voting against debt ceiling increases, etc.

I was called a traitor and terrorist sympathizer numerous times on this very forum for criticizing the Bush administration.

When?

And I agree, since Holder says SOME are opposing Obama due to race, he should be asked WHO, exactly, are the ones opposing him due to race.

Bruce Hayden said...

This line of attack emerged during the 2008 campaign, and continues to this day. He just usually has had others get their hands dirty. Valerie probably directs much of this strategy.

Not sure of the last, because it seems to be more standard orders, as contrasted with any real coordination here.

Still, it is remarkable how often White Dem politicians, pundits, etc. jump on this racism bandwagon to tar anyone who disagrees with the President as a racist. Sure, a lot of it involves dog whistles for their faithful. But, I think that they also think that this charge of racism whenever anyone attacks the Administration in particular, or progressive policies in general, is an easy way to turn any attack around, regardless of how substantive the attack is.

But, the problem is that it is like crying wolf too many times. A lot of young adults are now crying racism in jest, to poke fun at this. You disagree with them (no matter how white they are), and they call you a racist. Moreover, the Obama Administration has 2 1/2 years left, and after that, we are unlikely to get a Black Dem President in the next decade or two for a number of reasons. One is Obama fatigue. Another is that the Dem bench is weak, and esp. weak when it comes to Black politicians. A lot of that is due to majority minority districts which tend to entrench corrupt politicians with fairly extreme political values in those offices, who are highly unlikely to win national election as a result. So, in 2 1/2 years we are no longer going to have a Black Dem President, and the healing process caused, to a great extent, by the Dems gross overuse of the racism charge during the Obama Administation, will begin.

B said...

My point was to point out the hypocrisy and selective memory of so many commenters here.

Until you can point to corroborating comments specifically calling you specifically a traitor in reaction for at least one of you posts this is just an unsubstantiated accusation. Until then your accusation is nothing more than one of the favorite 'poor pitiful me' talking point the left pulls out of their ass when they can't defend their memes.

Now, there has been a lot of that unsubstantiated revision nonsense going on here the last few months - see crack - so you might want to follow his slime trail and demand personal reparations for your claim of hurt feelings. Feel free. Crack received only derision and the rep of a whacko racist but he persists and you might also find it a good use of your time to find a similar unique Althouse label.


As far as the accusation in general against many on the left acting traitorously against US troops in combat areas during the Bush adminsistration - that is really beyond contention. The proof is that when confronted with justifying policies that the current administration followed or follows that are identical to, continuations of, or even extensions of the Bush administration policies - many on the left sidestep the conflict entirely.

So, freder, the historically proven fact is that supporting your opponent in warfare is traitorous. By attacking the conduct of your own troops rather than supporting them in the field, and promulgating the idea that we must surrender the field despite whatever sacrifices met by those who trusted the public to support their efforts for no better reason than dislike of the current administration...well what does that say?

Jupiter said...

"Should we object to the deployment of the Community Relations Service team when the Justice Department seriously believes there is an outbreak of racial hatred in some little place in America?"

Why does the DOJ have a CRS? The DOJ is the federal law enforcement arm. Does the DOJ have a Water Quality Service?

Paul said...

This 'racial hatred', if that is what it is, is caused by an inept black president and dumb-as-a-post VP that have screwed up this country for five years and still have 2+ more to go!

Add to that the corruption from the IRS to ATF to DOJ.... the stupidity of a State Department that can't even protect it's Ambassadors, plus overreaching EPA and a INS that can't even keep out unaccompanied children from crossing the border (let alone terrorist)... and yea there is alot of anger out there.

It is racist?

Never subscribe to racism what can be shown to be honest justified anger.

And BTW.. even blacks are beginning to detest him (must be black on black racistm.)

Anonymous said...

No, you should not be making a Federal Case out of Community relations.

The Crack Emcee said...

"If I point out that the Washington Times is doing racial politics as it points out that Holder is doing racial politics as he points out that some people are doing racial politics, I'm doing racial politics. There is no way to stop. Not yet."

ROTFLMAO!!!! Why?

Because - according to these commenters - there's been absolutely no racism going on anywhere,….

hombre said...

Althouse: 'There should at least be a "some" in front of "opposition." And Holder was clear that he thought it was also (even mostly) ideology that drives the criticism.'

Yes, because we all know that in Holder's world full of racists, "some" means "a few" and not "nearly all" and that ideological opposition to Obama is separate from racist opposition. LOL.

Anonymous said...

In the coming centuries, Americans will have learned to be grateful for the Obama administration for having conclusively proved that African-Americans circa 2008-2014 were not yet ready to participate in Martin Luther King's colorblind America, reducing all disagreement of public policy to issues of "race."

Maybe in another century or two America will be ready for its next president-who-may-happen-to-have-black-skin. Maybe.

Unknown said...

"White people wouldn't be able to enjoy the holiday as much as ethnic minorities, because there are no racial epithets capable of harming white people."

(1) racial epithets don't harm people, people harm people

(2) Honkey and (my personal fav) Ofay

Fernandinande said...

Jupiter said:
Why does the DOJ have a CRS? The DOJ is the federal law enforcement arm. Does the DOJ have a Water Quality Service?

I hadn't heard of CRS until they got involved in trying to lynch George Zimmerman. (DOJ managed to steal his gun, so you can add "thief" to Holder's qualifications.)

CRS was established under Title X of the Civil Rights Act, which President Johnson signed into law on July 2, 1964.
" ...President Barrack Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act on October 28, 2009. The legislation expanded CRS' found mission to help communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes."

Now expanded in order to prevent and respond to harmless parade floats.

William Chadwick said...

Send those Nebraskans to a re-education camp!

MadisonMan said...

So why don't you take a moment and provide a couple of links for what you assert?

Oh, I'm sure it happened as he claimed.

To which I would ask: So what?

Anyone who expects everyone in a blog comment section to agree and not to sometimes throw a little shade your way is a fool.

Drago said...

Crack: "Because - according to these commenters - there's been absolutely no racism going on anywhere,…"

Voila!

Crack goes the full Freder.

Gahrie said...

according to these commenters - there's been absolutely no racism going on anywhere,….

Not me.

I've been pointing out your racism here for months....

lemondog said...

(2) Honkey and (my personal fav) Ofay

Couple more from Urban Dic:

Cracker, whitey, peckerwood, snow bunny, white bread, white devil

Birkel said...

The Crack Emcee has some sort of mystical, New Age thinking that says all white people inherit Original Sin (aka guilt) from parents. As a Native American, I am unfamiliar with his particular alleged religious tradition.

It would seem the alleged religious views of The Crack Emcee allow him to divine racial animus. Such divinity represents some New Age silliness.

*sigh*

n.n said...

Birkel:

The degenerate, cultish doctrines of collective and inherited sin leave no man, woman, or child standing.

Chris Lopes said...

Those claiming to have suffered for their opposition to Bush should be the first ones to object to the DOJ move. That would at least be consistant and not make them look like political hacks with an agenda. Perhaps that's asking too much.

EMD said...

I'll just leave this here.

damikesc said...

Because - according to these commenters - there's been absolutely no racism going on anywhere,….

Given that clowns like you claim ALL criticism of the Messiah is racism, most of us lack the desire to filter out the noise clowns churn out.

I'd say Bush had more racial animus against him than Obama did.

Whites didn't claim Obama intentionally killed many people.

Rusty said...

Shorter crack;
Your lack of racism is proof of your racism.

The white middle class. livin in cracks head 24/7. Rent free!