Last week, lost in the Colbert hoopla, Christopher Coates, a former head of the Department of Justice’s Voter Rights Division, testified, “Opposition within the voting section was widespread to taking actions under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of white voters in Noxubee County, Miss.”

Coates confirmed last year’s testimony by former DoJ official J. Christian Adams that the government was wrong to drop an open-and-shut case against the New Black Panther Party for claims of voter intimidation during the 2008 election.

Coates also recounted that Obama appointee Julie Fenandes made it clear in meetings that the administration only wanted to file “traditional types” of voting-rights cases that would “provide political equality for racial and language minority voters.” Apparently, the message was loud and clear: “No more cases like the Ike Brown or NBPP cases.”

We are better than this. Two wrongs do not make a right. Whenever someone is in a position of power, he or she should use the power justly, not as a tool to avenge the past. It is because of our past; not just black or white, but the country as a whole; that We the People must be vigilant in upholding the law, no matter whom it protects or punishes. If we fail to do so, America will never become a post-racial society, rather a petty tyranny of resentment.

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