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Race Baiting, Race as a Strategy and a Nation of more Cowards

March 11, 2009

Never in my life have I ever seen people weild the race card like those we have in office.  The Justice Department apparantly just started an investigation  on Arpaio.  It sickens me that these tactics are used for sympathy points or to remind the white people in the world no matter if you voted for the Dem ticket.  Your still racist.  Message?  There is no *cure* for racism nor sexism.   The only thing we can do is educate. But we will never move forward and will continue to take steps back if we allow this to be used in such a negative and false way.  Using this as some form of ball and chain to keep people in line is pathetic.  WE deserve better than this. So much better. They would ruin anyones life  just to not be held accountable for anything.  You can read the rest here:

Last year, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon asked for a federal investigation of possible civil-rights abuses. Last month, four key Democratic members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate Arpaio.

The lawmakers said Arpaio had exceeded the limits of a federal program that gives local police federal immigration-enforcement powers by ordering deputies to “scour” Latino neighborhoods looking for illegal immigrants based on skin color.

Arpaio, who was easily re-elected to a fifth term in November, called the investigation politically motivated and vowed to continue to arrest illegal immigrants.

“I am not going to be intimidated by the politics and by the Justice Department,” Arpaio said. “I want the people of Arizona to know this: I will continue to enforce all the immigration laws.”

Arpaio uses the sweeps to enforce the state’s employer-sanctions and anti-smuggling laws. He also participates in a federal program that lets local officers enforce federal immigration laws. The sweeps have taken place in mostly Latino neighborhoods or near where day laborers congregate. They have sparked two racial-profiling lawsuits.

The Justice Department frequently receives racial-profiling complaints against police departments, but investigations are rare, said David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor and racial-profiling expert.

“The fact that this has come to their attention and they have announced their intent to investigate is highly significant,” Harris said. “It says there is enough there to be investigated. It’s not an iffy case that (can be ignored).”

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