November 19, 2007, - 1:21 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
When I’m wrong, I’m wrong. And a Black ICE agent contacted me to tell me I was wrong to assume that the Black DHS employees group–the one that sent a disgusting, gushing letter praising Julie L. Myers to U.S. Senators after ICEPrincessBlackfacegate–speaks for Black ICE agents. In fact, the agent says the group does not and that the agent is disgusted by the whole Julie Myers Blackface incident. I hope–and think it’s safe to assume–that this agent is not alone in this sentiment.
I am a black ICE Agent. First, let me say that the National Association for African Americans in the Department of Homeland Security (NAADHS) does not represent me. In fact the organization does not represent the majority of black ICE Agents. I am an avid reader of your blog, but I am surprised that you used the broad stroke that most people (including Julie Myers) use. You assumed that NAADHS represented every black agent in ICE. Apparently, just like Julie Myers did. Just because they may think the costume incident was ok, rest assured it is not. Her half-assed apology is even more insulting. In the future don’t assume that all blacks are represented by any one person (Jesse [Jackson]) or organization.
FYI, I never assumed Jackson speaks for Black Americans. In fact, I’ve repeatedly written that he and Al Sharpton and other race merchants are out to shake down others for themselves only, and not the Black community. However, the Black community repeatedly allows him to act as their spokesman, with little vocal divergence. And Jackson (and Louis Farrakhan), sadly, remain among the top four most admired figures in Black America in poll after poll.
But I am surprised I have not heard Black ICE agents screaming and shouting about this. If this were an anti-Semitic thing, I sure would be. And I’ve written a lot against this, too. I’m just very, very surprised at the silence. I understand that you don’t want to jeopardize your jobs, and that they are very vindictive at ICE, but I’m shocked that this DHS group would endorse and send letters out for her. That’s disgusting. I’m glad they don’t speak for you. And, again, thanks for your clarification.
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