Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Michael Tomasky: The Black Panther brouhaha

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The right's hatred of Obama has nothing whatsoever in any way shape or form to do with race, right? Right. Remember that as you read along.

In case you've missed it, Focks News is drumming up another "scandal" involving the New Black Panther Party and an alleged effort to intimidate white voters at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008. Apparently the Justice Department was looking into allegations but didn't pursue charges.

A former Bush DoJ official stepped forward not long ago to charge that the Obama DoJ refused to pursue the case out of racial solidarity, and even went further, adding (nice touch, this) that the Obama department has a policy of not pursuing any cases against any black people for any reason.

As icing on the cake, a video turned up somewhere of a NBPP member saying something about killing "cracker babies." So in sum: Nasty black people do nasty things and want to kill white babies and Obama is cool with that because as Glenn Beck famously said he hates white people and white culture, got it?

Well, in reality, the pieces of the puzzle don't all fit together quite that conveniently. It turns out that the Bush administration DoJ, on January 8, 2009, 12 days before Obama took office, downgraded the investigation from a criminal one to a civil one. That's kind of inconvenient.

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