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Conservatives Get Wish in Black Panther Case; Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Denounces Black Politico

September 10th, 2009

Conservatives Get Wish in Black Panther Case
The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is looking into why the federal government dropped a lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and two of its members three months ago, The Washington Times reports. The civil suit had been filed against the group after members disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during the general election in November. Conservatives have been pressing Attorney General Eric H. Holder to explain why the department had decided not to pursue the case, suggesting that Holder, an African American, had shown favoritism to the the Black organization. Rep. Lamar Smith, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has requested a meeting with the head of the Justice Department’s Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. In an Aug. 28 letter to Smith, of which a copy was obtained by The Washington Times, the Office of Personal Responsibility acknowledged that it had “initiated an inquiry into the matter” and would keep Smith updated. “I am pleased that someone at the Justice Department is finally taking the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party case seriously,” Smith said Wednesday. “The Justice Department’s decision to drop a case against political allies who allegedly intimidated voters on Election Day 2008 reeks of political interference.”
Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Denounces Black Politico
Atlanta political wheeler-dealer Aaron Turpeau, who was initially believed to be the source of a memo calling on African Americans to unite behind Black mayoral candidate Lisa Borders, is now withdrawing his support for her. When the memo surfaced, Borders, Atlanta City Council president, and two other candidates – state Sen. Kasim Reed, who is Black, and Councilwoman Mary Norwood, the presumptive frontrunner, who is White – denounced it as racist. “The reaction by the two leading Black candidates was very disappointing,” Turpeau said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Candidate Kasim Reed, who the memo pointed out was far behind in the polls, led the charge by crying out charges of Black racism and was quickly followed by candidate Lisa Borders calling the memo racist, instead of an opportunity for racial discussion,” Turpeau said. “Both outcries are seen by many in the Black community as pandering for White votes and support.” A Borders supporter, Turpeau donated $500 to her campaign. The longtime Atlanta political insider said he told Borders that he did not author the memo, which was penned by two Clark Atlanta University professors. That didn’t stop her from returning his check, however. “Whatever the reason, I was totally surprised to receive the check,” Turpeau said. “I respect her decision and will not be supporting her candidacy.”

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