Editor’s Note – It is becoming very clear that the race-divide is being fanned into flames once again. It is troubling when an ex-Black Panther member, who was himself convicted in 1972 of weapons violations and subsequently became a United States Representative from a Chicago neighborhood has to be escorted off the floor of the House for violating rules of decorum.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a “hoodie,” then putting the hood on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.
“Racial profiling has to stop,” Rush said. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” Rush also put on sunglasses.
The Illinois Democrat quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the sergeant at arms to enforce the House prohibition on hats in the chamber.
“The chair must remind members that clause 5 of rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session,” Harper said after Rush left.
“The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus have taken to the House floor for the last week to call for the arrest of George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch patrolman who allegedly shot Martin last month in Florida.
While these calls have escalated, Florida police have said some witnesses saw Martin beat Zimmerman before the shooting, and Zimmerman’s lawyers have said he acted in self-defense.
Zimmerman said he shot Martin after the teen punched him in the nose and smashed his head into the pavement — an account corroborated by witnesses, according to reports citing local authorities.
Zimmerman’s gun was confiscated, but he was not arrested. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law permits deadly force in some cases of self-defense. (From The Hill)
However, the facts are not completely known, yet race trumps facts, and people like Congressman Rush are fanning the flames.
Then there are the other New Black Panther episodes that are fresh in our minds, yet the US Department of Justice, and its head, Eric Holder do nothing to enforce laws already on the books, like intimidating voters at a polling place and incited and calling for kidnapping. Both, severe felonies.
What a sad state of affairs.
Chirp, chirp, chirp…
Below are two videos of the way the Black Panthers are fanning the flames now, and in 2010 where they were brandishing weapons at a polling site in Philadelphia.
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department Attorney, talked to Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends this morning about why he felt the New Black Panther party were being ignored by Attorney General Eric Holder, despite their illegal threat to ‘capture’ Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman.
Adams argues that the Justice Department needs to focus on them because “You cannot solicit kidnapping in the State of Florida, it’s a felony.”
“The new Black Panthers think they are above the law” and Adams attributes this thinking to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
This is not the first time the New Black Panther party have gotten a pass from the Attorney General after a voter intimidation case (see video below) was dropped.
Published June 30, 2008 | FoxNews.com
A former Justice Department attorney who quit his job to protest the Obama administration’s handling of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case is accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of dropping the charges for racially motivated reasons.
J. Christian Adams, now an attorney in Virginia and a conservative blogger for Pajamas Media, says he and the other Justice Department lawyers working on the case were ordered to dismiss it.
“I mean we were told, ‘Drop the charges against the New Black Panther Party,’” Adams told Fox News, adding that political appointees Loretta King, acting head of the civil rights division, and Steve Rosenbaum, an attorney with the division since 2003, ordered the dismissal.