August 28, 2007, - 9:34 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Looks like the South is the new battleground for civil rights . . . civil rights for White voters and citizens who’ve been discriminated against. Over a year ago, a top Black prosecutor in New Orleans was found to have discriminated against Whites in hiring and promotions.
Now, it’s White voters in Mississippi who’ve been disenfranchised in the quest to elect Black public officials. So, will there be “We Shall Overcome” marches, protests, and the like. Don’t count on it.
But one thing you can count on is that the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee Ike Brown (who is Black) and the Committee will stay out of politics . . . at least if they abide by the order of Federal Judge Tom Lee:
A federal judge has given broad power to an administrator to run Democratic elections in Noxubee County and banned Ike Brown and his associates from having a role in running elections.
U.S. District Judge Tom Lee issued his remedies Monday to satisfy his June 29 opinion that black political leaders in Noxubee County violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by discriminating against white voters. . . .
The U.S. Department of Justice brought the federal lawsuit, the first of its kind in the country, accusing black political leaders of discriminating against white voters in the majority black county. . . .
Lee appointed former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, the first black to serve on the court, as superintendent of elections for all Democratic primaries and runoffs through Nov. 20, 2011. Both the Justice Department and attorneys for Brown and the county Democratic Executive Committee had earlier agreed on Anderson’s appointment. . . .
Lee also said Brown cannot be present in the circuit clerk’s office two weeks before any primary election except for matters pertaining solely to him or his immediate family. Brown also was ordered not to be present in polling places unless he is voting, has been appointed as a poll watcher for a candidate, or Anderson has appointed him as a poll official.
In his June 29 opinion, Lee said Brown violated federal voting laws by discriminating on the basis of race, by issuing directions to count the absentee ballots of white voters differently than the absentee ballots of black voters.
Brown said Monday he has no regrets for his part in overthrowing Noxubee County “apartheid.” He said the county had been run by a white minority for decades.
Now, it’s time for the Justice Department to examine Muslim disenfranchisement of non-Muslim voters in Dearbornistan, Dearbornistan Heights, and Hamtramckstan, Michigan.
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