Philly Black Panthers in the voter intimidation case went after Black Republican Poll watcher

Intimidating a poll watcher seems like a serious offense. Poll watchers have a serious mission to prevent vote fraud and stopping a poll watcher from one party could allow fraud to occur.

U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Ashley Taylor told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that it was not just white voters who were intimidated by the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia during the 2008 election year. He talks about a black Republican poll watcher who was also harassed by the Black Panthers who were standing in front of a Philadelphia polling station:

"There is a black victim that is often ignored. He was an African-American male, an older gentlemen who lived in the neighborhood in that part of Philadelphia, who was a poll watcher and happened to be a Republican poll watcher, and he was intimidated. He was told by these folks wielding batons not to show his face, and he was terrorized, and we have evidence to that effect. It's the type of evidence that that would have been offered up to the judge in support of the motion had it been allowed to go forward, so this can't be easily marginalized by claiming only white victims are involved. These are African-Americans who decide to participate in our political process and who have identified themselves as Republicans. These are also the type of people who are being ignored."



Blogger Frederick H Watkins said...

I had not heard about the poll watcher but I was certainly steamed that the Obama administration was not going to prosecute the New Black Panthers involved during that election. In fact this subject was brought up recently on a radio show I listen to and I was steamed again by the story. I think there is a quote from history that essentially states that when the government has abandoned the rule of law we mere mundanes are then absolved of any obedience to it.

7/07/2010 7:34 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

I find it amazing that after a very long and bitter struggle to achieve equality for all Americans that our first African American President and his administration would not only ignore this issue, but allow it to stand without redress of grievance for those harmed by such a blatant violation of civil rights by means of what can only be described as a Jim Crow type of action.

Was not one of the goals of the original Black Panthers to achieve equality for all regardless of race, color, or creed? Or am I simply ignorant of history?

7/09/2010 10:44 AM  

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