I was a career Justice Department attorney for many years. I almost always took pride in the Department's work. I was proud in particular of its use of federal power to overwhelm and defeat Jim Crow. States rights stop where intimidation, not to mention murder, begin.
That was then.
Today we hear from Politico -- not exactly a conservative mouthpiece -- news that the Civil Rights Division at DOJ has given up the fight for equal justice in favor of giving the go-ahead to black racism. The first two paragraphs in the Politico story state:
A Justice Department prosecutor defied his superiors by testifying at a U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing Friday, where he leveled an explosive allegation: top officials in the department gutted a voter intimidation case against a fringe African American militant group because the suspects were black and their alleged victims were white.
The prosecutor, Christopher Coates, also said the downgrading of the case against the New Black Panther Party was evidence of a Justice Department culture which discouraged "race neutral" enforcement of civil rights laws, frowned on prosecuting minority perpetrators and folded under pressure from black and Latino rights groups. After President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder took office, the culture intensified, Coates told the panel, ultimately leading to his departure as chief of the voting rights section early this year.
Hat tip to my friends at Powerline, which carries the story here. The Politico piece is here. The Washington Post also carries the story. The New York Times, however, can't find anything to write about. Imagine that.