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Whites' Voting Rights Violated in Mississippi


A federal judge has ruled that a majority black county in eastern Mississippi violated whites' voting rights in what prosecutors said was the first lawsuit to use the Voting Rights Act on behalf of whites.

U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee ruled late Friday that Noxubee County Democratic Party leader Ike Brown and the county Democratic Executive Committee "manipulated the political process in ways intended and designed to impair and impede participation of white voters and to dilute their votes."

The Justice Department accused Brown of trying to limit whites' participation in local elections in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, written to protect racial minorities when Southern states strictly enforced segregation.

"Every American has the right to vote free from racial discrimination," said Wan J. Kim, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Noxubee County is a rural area along the Alabama line with a population of about 12,500, 70 percent of whom are black.

Brown didn't return calls yesterday seeking comment.

The Justice Department alleged in the 2006 lawsuit that Noxubee County blacks tried to shut whites out of the voting process.

Brown had claimed the Justice Department was misconstruing as racial intimidation his attempts to keep Republicans from voting in Democratic primaries.

Lee, who presided over the case without a jury, gave attorneys on both sides until July 29 to file briefs suggesting how to end the discrimination.

The case was a civil matter carrying no criminal penalties, but defendants who violate Lee's final order could face contempt charges and fines, prosecutors said.

Hat tip: Freepers

More from the Clarion Ledger:

Lee also found:
  • The defendants acted with a racially discriminatory intent.
  • The defendants engineered "a concerted effort to illegally 'assist' black voters."
  • The defendants recruited ineligible black candidates to run against white candidates.

Lee said the court is hesitant to find that Brown or any member of the Democratic Executive Committee has a specific racial animus against white people.

"Brown, in fact, claims a number of whites as friends," Lee wrote. "However, there is no doubt from the evidence presented at trial that Brown, in particular, is firmly of the view that blacks, being the majority race in Noxubee County, should hold all elected offices, to the exclusion of whites; and this view is apparently shared by his allies and associates on the NDEC, who, along with Brown, effectively control the election process in Noxubee County."

This is what's called real voter disenfranchisement.


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Comments (47)

I can't wait to hear Hillar... (Below threshold)

I can't wait to hear Hillary, Obama, John Edwards, and the rest of the Dems denounce this.

but but... melanin-enriched... (Below threshold)

but but... melanin-enriched people can't be racist! Only people of pallor are racist because they hold all the power ...

sez so right here in the handbook I found while unpacking my invisible knapsack of white privilege.

Hmmm... an hour and so far ... (Below threshold)

Hmmm... an hour and so far no lefties have tried to defend or spin this.

I guess they know they can't.

"an hour and so far no lef... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"an hour and so far no lefties have tried to defend or spin this."

Just you wait they will be here soon enough to defend their a CRIMINAL PARTY OF PERPETUAL FRAUD.

crickets....c'mon ... (Below threshold)


c'mon lee, come out of hiding, say it loud, say it proud!

Where is JFO? I've commente... (Below threshold)

Where is JFO? I've commented here, he should be coming around yelling at me.

Where is Brian? He should be here claiming that the GOP is worse.

Hate crime! hate crime</... (Below threshold)

Hate crime! hate crime!

Where's Sharptounge and Jerkson?

Maybe the lefties no longer... (Below threshold)

Maybe the lefties no longer find this place interesting. What's that echo I hear in the chamber.

As natural cowards, Lefties... (Below threshold)

As natural cowards, Lefties do run from the truth; so don't expect to see any around this thread.

DEMOCRATS! Come out to ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

DEMOCRATS! Come out to play-e-ay!

Xray,Is one consider... (Below threshold)

Is one considered a "natural coward" if they ran away from milatary service when their country needed them?

Is one considered ... (Below threshold)
Is one considered a "natural coward" if they ran away from milatary service when their country needed them?

You mean like Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama...

Live9, why, are you confess... (Below threshold)

Live9, why, are you confessing your sins? Have you been running from your own personal truth? Is it all just too real for you? No problem, you are forgiven, just stay out of the way while men do their business, like killing terrorists and putting down liberal criminals.

Or maybe Cheney's 5 deferme... (Below threshold)

Or maybe Cheney's 5 deferments, or Bush Jr's important career defending Texas from Vietnamese invasion, or Wolfowitz; or Trent Lott or Boehner or Roy Blunt or Fred Thompson or....

As for me, no other comment... (Below threshold)

As for me, no other comments. I'm not familiar with the case, but if people were being disenfranchised and being treated unfairly, I'm glad the courts have done something about it.

Don't fault anyone for not ... (Below threshold)

Don't fault anyone for not serving in the military or police agencies. Most just aren't up to it. Only fault the little liberal cowards who stand back and stab those who serve in the back. Someday you little cowards will get yours.

Just like those Mississippi... (Below threshold)

Just like those Mississippi liberal criminals will get theirs soon...

Pardon me - it looks like B... (Below threshold)

Pardon me - it looks like Boehner enlisted in the navy during the Viet Nam era, and had to leave after a bad back. For him I'll substitute Dick Armey.

Don't fault anyone for n... (Below threshold)

Don't fault anyone for not serving in the military or police agencies. Most just aren't up to it. Only fault the little liberal cowards who stand back and stab those who serve in the back. Someday you little cowards will get yours.

You hear that, Bush and Cheney? We got your back! Those liberals will get theirs for what they're doing to our troops! LIke demanding that our soldiers don't get sent to die for no reason, because you guys wanted a big fun war!

And those liberals keep demanding you actually pay the troops well, too! And have decent hospitals without rats and mold and bugs! What's wrong with them?

Don't worry, Bush and Cheney. The cowardly liberals even want you guys to go the funerals of the men you send to their deaths. They think it's a basic matter of respect or something.

We'll show them. We'll keep believing you no matter how many soldiers you get killed for no good reason. Now ***that's**** supporting the troops.

Hey, Jim, who are those lib... (Below threshold)

Hey, Jim, who are those liberals who want to give the troops a pay increase? Last I heard they wanted to take away their jobs and close their bases!

I want names and roll call vote numbers where these liberals voted to increase the pay for our armed services.

Jim, CONDEMN THOSE DEMOC... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Jim, CONDEMN THOSE DEMOCRATS FOR COMMITING Real voter disenfranchisement, FOR BEING RACISTS AND FOR "violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, written to protect racial minorities when Southern states strictly enforced segregation."

Come on man , they are guilty as sin. Call for there removal , get rig of the criminal racist scum, they are making your entire party look bad.

You obviously have no exper... (Below threshold)

You obviously have no experience with the military. Are those your liberal talking points email from last year? You are so far behind on the subject. Really, you liberal criminals are clueless, just like those liberals in Mississippi who rigged their little liberal elections and thought they could get away with it.

It was very predictable the... (Below threshold)

It was very predictable the Caucasian race would eventually become a minority in the U.S.

It was also very predicable when it does occur the entire shaky "Lego house of bricks" affirmative action non-sense is built on would tumble to the ground.

This may be seen as the first indication of that.

Next up... Caucasian instigated lawsuits demanding "equal rights."

"It was very predictable th... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"It was very predictable the Caucasian race would eventually become a minority in the U.S."

Casper the friendly Ghost and Whitey Hertzog will be leading protests across the Country and organize the first ever Million man honkey tonk march right up to the steps of the Capital.LOL

For a grand finale Bo and... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

For a grand finale Bo and Luke Duke will soar through the air right into the dome with a big 10-4 and a HEEEEE-HAAAAAAW! And Daisy , well uh Daisy will do what she does best. HEEEE HAAAAW!

Of course this runs both wa... (Below threshold)

Of course this runs both ways. It's idiotic to pretend blacks don't harbor racial animus, bias.

The fact that these blacks have fought for the right to vote all these years, and would deny it to another race is pretty appalling, however.

I read the above comments a... (Below threshold)

I read the above comments and i notice the only liberal remarks have to do with george bush and cheney and other republicans not serving their country. Then i reflect on the subject matter of the post and realize they cannot debate it. No wonder Lee never showed up, because he is intelligent (in some capacity) enough to realize that this isn't an issue that can be spun in the favor of the liberals.

Hmmm... an hour and so f... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Hmmm... an hour and so far no lefties have tried to defend or spin this.
It's too soon. They don't have their talking points, so they don't have a clue what to think. I see that all those present on the left can only bring up military service. Right out of the liberal playbook.

Oh, and Dave? You give Lee way too much credit. He'll show up and distort the truth as always.

Jim, stay on topic or STFU.... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Jim, stay on topic or STFU.

What's that echo I hear ... (Below threshold)
What Willis Was Talking About:

What's that echo I hear in the chamber.

That would be Blue that you're talking about.

"Who is John Guilt", say th... (Below threshold)

"Who is John Guilt", say the same to xray or STFU.

Hey xray, stop confusing ji... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Hey xray, stop confusing jim.

Now jim, STFU.

Hey, Jim, who are those ... (Below threshold)

Hey, Jim, who are those liberals who want to give the troops a pay increase? Last I heard they wanted to take away their jobs and close their bases!

That's what you get for believing Rush Limbaugh.

I want names and roll call vote numbers where these liberals voted to increase the pay for our armed services.

Your wish is granted, C-C-G.


It's a shame you don't know the real actions of the people you support any better, C-C-G.

"White House States Opposition to Pay Raise for Troops,
Increase in Widows' Benefits"

Troops don't need bigger pay raises, White House budget officials said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy laying out objections to the House version of the 2008 defense authorization bill.

The Bush administration had asked for a 3 percent military raise for Jan. 1, 2008, enough to match last year's average pay increase in the private sector. The House Armed Services Committee recommends a 3.5 percent pay increase for 2008, and increases in 2009 through 2012 that also are 0.5 percentage point greater than private-sector pay raises.

The slightly bigger military raises are intended to reduce the gap between military and civilian pay that stands at about 3.9 percent today. Under the bill, HR 1585, the pay gap would be reduced to 1.4 percent after the Jan. 1, 2012, pay increase.

Bush budget officials said the administration "strongly opposes" both the 3.5 percent raise for 2008 and the follow-on increases, calling extra pay increases "unnecessary."

...the Administration opposes an additional $40 per month for widows of slain soldiers...

...the Administration opposes additional benefits for surviving family members of civilian employees...

This bill passed the house on May 17, 2007.


Here's all the ayes and nays:

If you need more information on how the President that you probably voted for twice doesn't support the troops, C-C-G, just let me know.

Hey John Guilt, stop confus... (Below threshold)

Hey John Guilt, stop confusing me with someone who will obey your rude orders. And STFU. And go get your shine box, while you're at it.

Jim of course shows his dis... (Below threshold)

Jim of course shows his disdain for the military. The only quote he can come up with is from this year by Nancy P. Of course only for political points. The military gets paid, free transportation, full medical treatment at no cost, dental, eye, 250,000 dollar death benefit, meals, etc. I was in the Navy and that was a sweet deal.

Also, Jim does not consider our National Guard military. So sad, but predictable. I was in the military from 1970 on. I personally saw how the liberals HATED the military. They just have figured out how to hide it. But occasionally, you see it by their comments. ww

just another wingnut shifti... (Below threshold)

just another wingnut shifting the subject, hijacking a thread.

wildwillieStill wa... (Below threshold)


Still waiting for your response about how you've served our country. Loons like you can run away but you can't hide.

As for the actual subject of the post( as opposed to the usual loon wingnut response which is to act like children in a schoolyard) I think the decision was right on the money. Glad to see it.

Of course bias and racism crosses color and national lines. Xenophobia, however, is the exclusive domain of the loony wingnuts.

C-C-G, wildwillie,Yo... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

C-C-G, wildwillie,
You guys do what you want, but talking about military service detracts from the subject of this thread. This is what they do when they have no rational argument on a subject. By running down their rabbit holes we allow them to successfully hide from troubling topics. I say we keep them squirming on the topic of white voter disenfranchisement in Mississippi.

Now STFU everybody who's saying STFU.

I think this line is pricel... (Below threshold)

I think this line is priceless: "Brown, in fact, claims a number of whites as friends..."

"But, but, but ... your honor, white people love me!"

If only he had been named "Mr. White."

(Sorry to direct this threat back to the original post ...)

Possibly I would be ... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Possibly I would be getting my shinebox if I were in Mississippi. But, then again, I'd probably do what I always do. Start a business and profit the hell out of it. I've never done a good job of reading the victim script.

I hope the folks in Mississippi get exactly what's coming to them. A is A. Voter disenfranchisement is voter disenfranchisement. Perhaps they'll get a whiff of the shoe on the other vote. Regardless, I will not be shining that shoe. My prediction is that Hillary and Obama won't be discussing this topic anytime soon. Nor will Sharpton.

Thank you for the info on t... (Below threshold)

Thank you for the info on that bill, Jim. I note that it has not passed the Senate yet, and in skimming the text of the bill I didn't note anything objectionable, so I hope it passes.

However, I did note that all but two of the Nay votes was cast by a (D). Here's the list, from your own link:

Nay WI-2 Baldwin, Tammy [D]
Nay OR-3 Blumenauer, Earl [D]
Nay MA-8 Capuano, Michael [D]
Nay MI-14 Conyers, John [D]
Nay MA-10 Delahunt, William [D]
Nay TN-2 Duncan, John [R]
Nay MN-5 Ellison, Keith [D]
Nay MA-4 Frank, Barney [D]
Nay IL-2 Jackson, Jesse [D]
Nay OH-10 Kucinich, Dennis [D]
Nay CA-9 Lee, Barbara [D]
Nay GA-5 Lewis, John [D]
Nay MA-7 Markey, Edward [D]
Nay WA-7 McDermott, James [D]
Nay NY-21 McNulty, Michael [D]
Nay ME-2 Michaud, Michael [D]
Nay CA-7 Miller, George [D]
Nay WI-4 Moore, Gwen [D]
Nay MA-1 Olver, John [D]
Nay TX-14 Paul, Ronald [R]
Nay NY-16 Serrano, José [D]
Nay CA-13 Stark, Fortney [D]
Nay MA-6 Tierney, John [D]
Nay CA-35 Waters, Maxine [D]
Nay CA-33 Watson, Diane [D]
Nay NC-12 Watt, Melvin [D]
Nay CA-6 Woolsey, Lynn [D]

I guess Maxine Waters, John Conyers, Barney Frank, and the like don't want the troops to get paid more.

Lee shows us shit and says ... (Below threshold)

Lee shows us shit and says it's Shinola.

Sorry. Shoe on the other <i... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Sorry. Shoe on the other foot.

Something Freudian there I'm sure.

No, Wildwillie, that's not ... (Below threshold)

No, Wildwillie, that's not the only quote I can come up with. I wanted to show you the most recent. However, to not sidetrack this thread further, I'll withhold further examples from previous years. If you really want some other examples, email me separately. Or just google "republicans oppose military pay" or "republicans oppose military benefits". And add "2006", "2005", etc. etc. for each year.

Jim, I just showed, only tw... (Below threshold)

Jim, I just showed, only two Republicans voted against the bill you stated, while 25 Dems did.

Do the math.

C-C-G, Bush is a Republican... (Below threshold)

C-C-G, Bush is a Republican, right? One who you voted for twice, most likely? And the Democrats are pushing the bill forward, right? Against Republican White House opposition?

If you want some more examples, I suggest to you what I did for Wildwillie: just google "republicans oppose military pay" or "republicans oppose military benefits", and 2006, 2005, 2004, etc. etc.

There's my answer.

Jim, let me clue you in on ... (Below threshold)

Jim, let me clue you in on a little bit of American lawmaking.

The bill has to be passed by both the House and the Senate before the President can do anything.

The bill YOU gave me the link to, the one YOU referred to, has not been passed by the Senate yet.

So Bush cannot legally sign it yet. And if he tried to, you lefties would be up in arms about him "circumventing the process" or some other malarkey.

Oh, by the way, who is responsible for bringing bills up for consideration in the Senate? Wouldn't that be the Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)? Why not ask why he hasn't brought this bill up for a vote yet?






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