The racism inquisition over Jeff Sessions
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It has become apparent that, unlike in ages past, accusations of racism are now the last refuge of a scoundrel. Not surprisingly, they’re also the first. 

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Attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE is again finding this out the hard way, with racism charges being rolled out to scuttle his nomination. It matters not that a group of black pastors is defending him, with one crediting Sessions for having “worked to bankrupt the KKK in Alabama” and helping desegregate that state’s government schools. He’s to be branded a heretic by the Cult of Racism’s cafeteria bigotry bean counters. 

 

Yet it’s inconceivable that Sessions would, let’s say, refuse to prosecute a couple of white-hooded, nightstick-brandishing KKK members caught intimidating black voters at a polling place. But Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTeaching black children to read is an act of social justice Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley MORE’s first attorney general, Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Pelosi refers to Sinclair's Rosen as 'Mr. Republican Talking Points' over whistleblower question Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy MORE, in fact did a corresponding thing — when dropping the case against weapon-wielding Black Panthers captured on video intimidating white voters in Philly in 2008. 

This prompted The Wall Street Journal to ask, “Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?” Former DOJ official-turned-whistleblower J. Christian Adams provided an answer in 2010, revealing that the department ordered “attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims,” wrote Fox News. He said there was “hostility” toward such cases. 

It’s no surprise Holder played such a race card, says Adams, because for decades he actually carried around a real race card in his wallet. On it were printed a Harlem preacher’s racial thoughts, which Adams states Holder would explain thus: “It really says that … I am not the tall U.S. attorney, I am not the thin United States attorney. I am the black United States attorney. And he [the preacher] was saying that no matter how successful you are, there’s a common cause that bonds the black United States attorney with the black criminal….”

Neither this nor the Black Panther scandal figured prominently in the mainstream media, and there was no drumbeat, among politicians or pundits, to brand Holder a bigot unfit for office. 

Then there’s late Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Once an “Exalted Cyclops” in the KKK, he wrote during his younger years, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side.” 

Yet all was forgiven. Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Impeachment can't wait Turley: Democrats offering passion over proof in Trump impeachment MORE justified the behavior, saying Byrd was “trying to get elected” while Hillary eulogized him in 2010 as her “friend and mentor.” Democrats also had no problem making him Senate majority leader and, later, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, among other things. 

Why the double standard? Liberals’ concern over race is a matter of principle — the power principle. Just consider that while Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE was called many things over the years, the “ist” and “obe” species of nouns were never among them. In fact, race hustler Jesse Jackson once called Trump a “friend” and a model for “diversity,” and last year Trump (wrongly) backed “transgender” bathroom social engineering. 

Yet for the last year he’s been viciously attacked as a “racist” and “homophobe.” What changed? His rise toward the presidency threatened Democrat power — so liberals deployed their usual worn-out, weaponized arguments. 

Our real problem, however, is systemic: racism on the brain. C.S. Lewis once pointed out that evil seduces us into exaggerating our faults, telling the pacifist he’s too militaristic and the militarist that he’s too pacifistic. Today we behave as if racism is the source of all ills when it’s merely a sub-category of one of the Seven Deadly Sins: wrath. What of the rest?

With our sex-saturated society, we’d do better to ask an attorney general candidate, “Sir, are you lustful?!” After all, maybe the individual would go soft on sex crimes. We could scour a man’s background, dredging up the borderline salacious joke he told in ’73 or find a witness to claim he ogled a girl in high school or once danced like Elvis. We could do the same with sloth, greed, gluttony or anything else, compiling our dossiers and using a one-off comment or incident to epitomize the person’s entire life.

Seem ridiculous? Well, it’s precisely what we do with our characteristic obsession, race. Moreover, if we at least applied our sin-scouring standard consistently, we’d have it all over our time’s hypocritical racial inquisitors. 

Selwyn Duke’s (SelwynDuke@optonline.net) work has been published by The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily, and American Thinker. He has also contributed to college textbooks published by Gale - Cengage Learning and has appeared on television and on hundreds of radio programs, including as a regular guest on the Michael Savage Show.


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