New Black Panthers Inquiry Released

081810.news.panthers_7It’s a sad day for right wing bloviators and wingnuts across the land. All those accusations of Obama Administration anti-white racism surrounding a New old enemy – the New Black Panthers – have come up short. Regarding the prosecution of a supposed incident along Fairmount Avenue on Election Day, 2008, the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility found nothing wrong with the way the case was handled. To quote, the Obama Justice Department “did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment, but rather acted appropriately, in the exercise of their supervisory duties in connection with the dismissal of the three defendants in the NBPP case,” according to a letter from OPR head Robin Ashton to Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, obtained by Talking Points Memo. “We determined that the attorneys involved in the NBPP case made good faith, reasonable assessments of the facts and the law.” This comes after going through “thousands of pages of internal Department e-mails, memoranda, and notes.”

Why’s that bad for the 912ers (is that still a thing?) among us? Because they, and others like them, know — in their hearts — the president sitting in the White House is a stone cold racist. They just can’t prove it. And this was their chance: the OPR has a history of rebuking the DOJ, given the opportunity, legal standing and, you know, facts. As the Washington Post notes, in 2008, OPR found the Department’s leadership had broken civil service laws when it prioritized “partisan affiliation in its hiring practices.” In 2009, they found the Civil Rights Division had done the same thing. Which brings us to why this case happened in the first place.

Obama and Holder came into office with a well-known politicized, unprofessional Justice Department, one known for, among other things, mocking female analysts who openly display black civil rights activists on office walls. And one in which those same analysts were openly referred to as “lesbians” and “carpet munchers” by attorneys – even though one was noted for having a “tight ass,” according to The American Prospect. Several of the appointments and firings in the DOJ during the Bush years were arranged by Monica Goodling, a graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University, who “used her own political and moral criteria in hiring civil service attorneys for the Justice Department.”

Writing at the Washington Post, Adam Serwer notes,

The right has been obsessing over this case for years, insisting that Justice’s decision to dismiss the case against three of four defendants accused of voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling station in 2008 proves that the Obama administration is riddled with anti-white racists… To sum up: The New Black Panther tale — a years-long journey into the fevered right-wing imagination that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars…was a colossal waste of time and taxpayer resources.

This same stance was hurled at conservatives, by one, last summer. Bush-appointed Commission on Civil Rights chair Abigail Thernstrom came out and told Politico, “This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers; this has to do with their fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the [Obama] administration… My fellow conservatives on the commission had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down and really damage the president.

But is this thing over? Haha, no. “For today’s conservatives, the absence of evidence of a conspiracy merely serves as more evidence of a conspiracy,” writes Serwer. Wingers had been preparing for such findings with the hints that those conducting the studies for this case are, themselves, anti-white racists (of course!) Such a conclusion on behalf of the government will only result in more gas in Megyn Kelly’s and Sean Hannity’s fire, as they invite experts (see: Glenn Beck) on their shows to explain how this, too, is part of the anti-white-culture/world-domination-through-ACORN administration philosophy.

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