August 15, 2020

Random Thoughts and Comments

Well, perhaps not so random.

Evidently there were violent protests outside a Trump rally in Mexifornia, where protesters, mostly of Mexican decent, jumped on police cars and other outstanding acts of idiocy, while waving Mexican flags. My comment is a question. If it so goddamn wonderful here in the United States, then why not wave the American Flag instead of the flag of the place you disliked so much you had to leave? Or is it somebody is paying them enough money to wave the Mexican flag so as to foment more hatred?

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I do recall while I was in the U.S. Military during the early 1970s, everyone was required to take a government-crafted race relations class (wink, wink). I grew up in a northern, predominantly-white state and had no thoughts one way or another about race. As a matter of fact, a man I befriended while in Boot Camp, happened to be a black man. We hung out when we could and shared puffs on cigarettes, etc,…until the “brothers” threatened him with his life if he didn’t stop hanging out with a “whitey.” Thus began my real race relations schooling.

But, back to race relations class. After a week of classes, in which with each successive day I built up more anger and resentment toward the blacks, in general – something I never experienced before in my life – we were required to take two tests. The point of the tests, supposedly, was to prove that testing can be white-biased and/or black-biased, i.e. if a white man took a black-biased test, he might experience what black men face taking a, so-called, white-biased test, provided of course that such test taker was a product of government-sponsored education, propaganda and fomenting of hatred. If you happened not to be, Government was going to make sure you were one way or another.

I got a perfect score on both tests and was immediately kicked out of the class.

I wonder why?

Over the years I have learned that almost all events in life that originate from governments are designed to fail in positive ways, but winning is what we see in society today – more hatred and racism.

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John Boehner is heard telling a group of people that Ted Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh.” I made a comment the other day that if anyone should be able to recognize “Lucifer in the flesh” it would be him. Of course his comment was meant to be a joke. Bwahahahahahahahahaaha

Evidently Lucifer in the Flesh’s father didn’t like that comment and decided to lash out at Boehner by attacking Donald Trump. While claiming the high ground, Rafael Cruz said that Ted is essentially the only man in the world who knows, understands and follows God’s word. Really? I think I heard similar statements before….. and millions of people have died at the hands of the Vatican.

One has to wonder, that if a person is so heavily into God and his Word, how can he therefore exclaim, “If you vote according to the word of God, there’s only one candidate you can vote for,”

It is my thought that if you are following God’s word, you wouldn’t be participating in the biggest fraud and deception this country promotes that works so hard at destroying God’s word.

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John Wayne Day in California isn’t going to happen because all the minorities that aren’t minorities anymore, are offended by John Wayne.  If that’s how the game is played, let’s make a list!

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Idiots in the Media are saying that one football player, once believed to go high in the Draft, which began last night, instead of getting drafted in the top 5 or 6 fell to 13th, overall, because somebody released a video showing him with a gas mask on smoking pot with a bong. If that how the game is played, let’s make a list.

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China is building military bases in the South China Sea. The United States doesn’t like that. So, how many military bases does the U.S. have scattered around the world? – 662 in 38 foreign countries comes to mind.

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And finally, for all you devout Catholics who believe you must go to a confessional to tell the “father” all your secrets/sins in order to be worthy of….of….of….well, I dunno what it makes you worthy of. But soon, you will be able to spill your guts to the pope through a robot. I wonder if the machine will take paper money or credit cards only? What could possible go wrong?

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Bill Whittle: Clock Boy Returns

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There’s a Difference? Black on White or White on Black Crime

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When a white man walked into a church and gunned down several people, Obama said the United States has a race problem. When a black man gunned down a white reporter and a white cameraman, Obama said we have a gun problem.

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Dylann Roof and Vester Flanagan: Compare and Contrast 

Conversely, in the aftermath of Vester Flanagan’s appalling crime, liberals have no desire to explore the roots of Flanagan’s hateful ideology. No one is blaming President Obama or suggesting that he should take responsibility for dividing the nation along racial lines, for the sake of political gain. No one is saying that the Black Lives Matter movement should disband, and stop stirring up race hate. Instead, the focus is on demands for more gun control, however useless the liberals’ prescriptions may be. The difference between the two cases is entirely political.

Source: Dylann Roof and Vester Flanagan: Compare and Contrast | Power Line

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Are Spurious Claims of Police Racism Fueling Ideological Attacks Upon Whites by People With Troubled Psyches?

Press release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:
In light of Virginia Journalist Killings, Project 21’s Joe Hicks Fears People with Mental Psychosis and Other Brain Disorders are Responding Dangerously to the Re-Birth of Militant Black Protests
 

Washington, DC – “Did the ideology of black racial victimization play a role in the murder of a white Virginia TV news reporter and her cameraman?” asks Joe Hicks, a political commentator and member of Project 21.

“When Dylann Roof walked into Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Church and shot-down nine black members of a Bible study group, his actions were not informed by organized, active white supremacist groups – a movement that thankfully largely lies in bankrupt, embarrassed tatters. He acted as a detached, demented lone wolf, driven by his singular attachment racism, combining perhaps with mental instability,” said Hicks, who is vice president of Community Advocates. Inc., a private Los Angeles-based political think-tank.

“However, I think we do need to probe farther into the actions of Mass black killers like Christopher Dorner, a black ex-LAPD cop who went on a killing mission in 2013 to right supposed racial wrongs he believed had been done to him. The latest of this breed seems to be Vester Flanagan, AKA Bryce Williams, a disgruntled former employee of a Virginia news station who killed two people and blamed all of his woes on supposed racist whites. Since the killing of the teenage Trayvon Martin, we have seen a re-birth of militant black protests, as well as violence and riots in Ferguson and Baltimore; all based primarily in the belief that blacks are somehow victims of a revitalized and new white racism, and that ‘white cops’ shoot black youth ‘for no good reason,’ Hicks added.

“Beliefs in racial mythology and victimization lie at the base of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, whose members stridently argue that cops will shoot black youth even when they have their ‘hands up’ – even though this claim has largely been found to be baseless. What effect have these spurious claims had on those with troubled psyches? Are such views now combining with mental psychosis and other brain disorders in the mentally troubled, in effect ideologically-fueling attacks on innocent whites – as we saw recently with two unsuspecting individuals, Alison Parker and Adam Ward?”

For more than 35 years, Joe Hicks has been an active and high-profile figure. Beginning in the turbulent 1960s and into the 1990s, Hicks’ views were aligned with what he describes as the “orthodoxy of left – liberalism.” By the mid-1990s, he began a lengthy re-examination process that resulted in dramatically-altered political views and positions. Today, his views often stand at odds with the beliefs with which he was long associated, and he now identifies himself as a political conservative.

Representing Project 21, Hicks has been a guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN, NBC, Newsmax TV, SiriusXM satellite radio, USA Radio Network, Salem Broadcasting, Westwood One and other national television and radio networks, and his opinion articles and interviews have appeared in national and international print media such as the Washington Post and Orlando Sentinel. A former analyst and commentator for PJTV.com, he hosted “The Hicks File” and “The Minority Report” programs for the web-based media outlet. From 2005 to 2008, he also hosted the weekly “Joe Hicks Show” on KFI-AM in Los Angeles.

Prior to co-founding CAI, Hicks served as the executive director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission from 1997 to 2001. In the early 1990s, Hicks was executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the civil rights group formed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hicks previously served as a member of the Board of Governors for the California State Bar as well as on the California Advisory Panel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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Mr. President, Don’t Use the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to Divide Americans

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Celebrate the Achievement, Black Leadership Group Says

Washington, DC – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are hitting back against President Barack Obama’s use of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to divide Americans from one another and to promote a political agenda.

The Voting Rights Act anniversary is a time for celebration, say Project 21 members, who say it was inappropriate for the President to use his speech noting the occasion to falsely accuse his political rivals of “deliberately making it harder for people to vote” and of intentionally passing “laws that aim at disenfranchising our fellow citizens.”

In fact, the Project 21 members say, efforts to reduce voter fraud protect the votes of eligible voters from being cancelled out by fraudulent votes, and no less a body than the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality, and arguably even the wisdom, of requiring IDs to vote.

The President claims identity-based voter fraud flat-out “doesn’t happen” – a claim belied by a consistent stream of voter fraud arrests and convictions nationally. (Websites archiving news stories about voter fraud can be found here and here.)

“President Obama has been in Chicago way too long if he thinks there is no corruption in Chicago or Illinois politics,” said Project 21 founding member Bishop Council Nedd II, Ph.D., Bishop and Rector of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills, PA. Furthermore, Bishop Nedd says, “President Obama is wrong and lying when he claims that too many states are making it too difficult for people to vote. There is no correlation between people being denied the opportunity to vote based on race, and people showing proof of identity as a way of protecting this process and right.”

Indeed, Project 21 members say, the Voting Rights Act was never intended to be used to prohibit commonsense anti-fraud measures.

“The purpose of the Voting Rights Act was to guarantee that all Americans — black or white — living in a given jurisdiction had a say in the selection of elected officials, and thereby influence over the laws and the policies that they are governed by. In other words, the VRA ensured self-government occurred all across the country. The VRA was never about guaranteeing a certain number of seats in the legislature or on the city council,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, an attorney and voting rights expert.

“Unfortunately, rather than celebrate these achievements, the White House has chosen to deny these accomplishments and to distort the purposes of the VRA,” Cooper continued. “Focusing more on quotas and racial outcomes, the administration counters the very history and rationale of the VRA. In particular, the President’s singular attack on voter ID, a critical tool for ensuring that bona fide Americans vote in U.S. elections, contradicts the history and consensus regarding the VRA.”

“Maybe President Obama should convene a summit of Americans without valid identification and invite them to the White House for a meeting with him,” added Bishop Nedd, who notes that a lack of ID is actually a humanitarian issue that goes far beyond voting, as IDs are needed to open a bank account, apply for jobs, student loans and/or public assistance, to fly anywhere for job interviews or work, or even to visit the President in the White House. Since the White House is not working to eliminate the need for IDs to participate fully in the economy or to visit our public servants, Bishop Nedd says, the President’s priority should be to make certain every citizen has an ID, not simply to make sure IDs are not needed to vote.

The Project 21 members also wonder why the President seems reluctant to acknowledge that huge progress has been made over the last 50 years.

“In the 50 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, America has seen a sea-change in attitudes and opportunity for citizens of all races and backgrounds,” said Horace Cooper. “Today blacks and other minorities have unprecedented ballot access that our grandparents could only have dreamed about. We’ve seen the election of the first President of color elected, along with numerous Senators, Governors and Mayors across the land.”

Furthermore, Cooper says, “During the last two election cycles several states set records for black voter participation — often exceeding the turnout levels for the general population in the process.”

Much has changed, says Bishop Nedd. “My grandfather, who was born in Maysville, South Carolina and died in 1964, never cast a vote in an election his entire life. This happened for a variety of reasons, including the fact that he was not permitted to vote, was discouraged from voting, saw the consequences of attempting to vote and, finally, became used to not voting.”

That’s wrong, but it couldn’t happen today. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, our leaders should join us in celebrating that important fact.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.

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Liberal Race-Card Tactics Condemned in Loretta Lynch Attorney General Confirmation Process

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Black Conservatives Call Senator Durbin’s “Back of the Bus” Comment “Truly Shameful”

“True Racial Harmony Is Holding This Woman’s Feet to the Fire”

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) last week injected the issue of race into the Senate confirmation process of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are condemning those seeking to advance the troubled nomination through bullying tactics while other Senate proceedings are being delayed and serious questions remain.

“This is truly shameful. Instead of letting Loretta Lynch’s nomination rise or fall on the merits, Washington liberals in the House and Senate are trying to use her race and gender as a tool to prevent any examination of her record or agenda,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper , a former constitutional law professor at George Mason University and former leadership staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. “When these same so-called progressives opposed women and minorities who were conservative, such as Janice Rogers Brown for a federal judgeship, no one claimed they were bigots. Liberals should abide by this same standard when they nominate one of their own. Furthermore, rather than clouding the issue with racist charges, Loretta Lynch should be encouraged to be forthcoming on her positions on gun control, executive amnesty and perpetuating a politicized Justice Department.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said liberal filibustering of legislation to combat human trafficking will prevent the Lynch nomination from being scheduled. Senator Durbin chose to take the fact that Lynch is a black woman to claim the procedural delay was akin to abuse of Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 and also claimed McConnell was making Lynch “sit in the back of the bus.”

“As a black woman and an attorney, I am sick and tired of race always being the liberals’ default talking point,” added Project 21 member Shelby Emmett , another former Capitol Hill staffer. “Ms. Lynch went through four years of college, three years of law school and has decades of experience to put her where she is today. She is just as qualified as any other candidate, and thus all the scrutiny, questions, procedures and games should be fair game just like with any other nominee during the confirmation process. God forbid that Senator Dick Durbin should see an attorney instead of a black woman who apparently isn’t on the same level as her white male peers and thus worthy of a defense based on her resume instead of her pigmentation. True racial harmony is holding this woman’s feet to the fire just as we would with any white, male candidate. She can handle it.”

Many senators and other critics of the Lynch nomination are concerned about her support of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action to halt the potential deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.

“As a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, I have worked with many prosecutors who have used prosecutorial discretion to determine if they will pursue a criminal charge. These decisions are usually based on the furtherance of justice, balancing the letter and spirit of the law and the quality of the evidence. At no time did such discretion lead to ignoring the law nor should it,” said Project 21 member Carl Pittman “In the case of Loretta Lynch’s nomination to become Attorney General, Congress would be wise to tread carefully since she has stated on the record that she agrees with and supports President Obama’s executive action to effectively grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. By this admission, she is stating she will not enforce the law. Conduct and ideology, not race or gender, should be the compelling reason to tread carefully regarding the Lynch nomination.”

“We should all want the best candidate available, not the best black woman who will toe the Obama line. Congress wasn’t created to be a rubber stamp for the president, hence we have confirmation hearings and a vote,” said Project 21 member Wayne Dupree, a talk radio host and winner of the 2015 Blogger of the Year Award at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference. “Loretta Lynch went through the hearing process, and a few things just don’t jibe. It’s better to take a long hard look at everything and making sure all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted. We can’t afford to get this wrong and have another cheerleader for Obama’s destructive policies.”

Project 21 members were interviewed or cited by the media over 2,000 times in 2014, and have been interviewed or cited over 300 times so far in 2015. Outlets calling on Project 21 for comment have included TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, One America News Network, the Orlando Sentinel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio as well as 50,000-watt talk radio stations such as WHO-Des Moines, KOA-Denver, WGN-Chicago, WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh. Topics discussed by Project 21 members have included civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, voter ID, race preferences, education, illegal immigration and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 members have provided substantial commentary regarding the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner judicial proceedings, and the organization is currently involved in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Project 21 also defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Project 21 Members Call Rumored Federal Lawsuit Against Ferguson Police Department a Misguided Attempt for “Pound of Flesh”

Press Release from National Center for Public Policy Research:

Eric Holder’s DOJ Reportedly Plans a Lawsuit Against the Ferguson Police for Racial Discrimination

Any DOJ Lawsuit Would “Ultimately Be a Lawsuit against the Taxpayers”

FERGUSON, MO/WASHINGTON, DC — With the U.S. Department of Justice rumored to be on the verge of filing a lawsuit against the Ferguson Police Department for alleged racial discrimination, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling such an act a cynical move by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder to get a “pound of flesh” before he leaves his post.

“When the grand jury came back with no indictment, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department let it leak that they probably would not be able to pursue civil rights charges against former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, it was clear they were still going to try to get their pound of flesh from somewhere. The obvious place to get it is going to be the Ferguson Police Department,” said Project 21 member Christopher Arps , a St. Louis area resident who attended the initial prayer service for Michael Brown and witnessed the rioting in Ferguson firsthand. “Ferguson will likely settle the case, and Holder will call this strong-arm tactic a triumph for justice. But it’s still questionable that it will satisfy those who, despite overwhelming evidence saying this was a justified shooting, still claim that Michael Brown was assassinated.”

In mid-January, it was leaked that the Justice Department would likely not bring civil rights charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown. The shooting, and a grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson, led to riots in Ferguson and elsewhere. In a February 17 speech at the National Press Club, Holder suggested the results of a federal investigation of the Ferguson Police Department for alleged discriminatory tactics could be released before he leaves office (Holder plans to remain until his successor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate). Failure to comply with the investigation’s recommendations could lead to a federal lawsuit.

“One of this nation’s most racially-polarizing figures, Attorney General Eric Holder, is leaving office with threats that he will sue the police department in Ferguson, Missouri,” said Project 21 member Joe Hicks , a former executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. “Any claims that Ferguson police acted in racially discriminatory ways appear to be based on Holder’s own biased disappointment that white officer Darren Wilson was not found worthy of prosecution by a grand jury for the shooting of a black teenager. And, despite the actions of a willing and compliant Ferguson Police Department, jumping through hoops to comply with the Justice Department’s politically-correct nitpicking, Holder now seems set on punishing the department simply to burnish his image with nihilistic hoodlums, street radicals, anarchists and race hustlers. This only adds to his shocking legacy of racial divisiveness.”

In late November of 2014, after Officer Wilson was not indicted and resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III announced several reforms that included plans for a civilian review board to monitor the police department, scholarships to help recruit more minority officers as well as employment outreach to historically black colleges and universities and an increased stipend for officers who live within city limits. Since then, there have been dozens of applicants for the position vacated by Wilson and another officer, and there are two expected retirements in the near future. It is reported that there are several experienced minority officers among this pool of applicants. Mayor Knowles recently told the local CBS affiliate, “we’ll absolutely continue these efforts to seek out a more diverse pool of applicants.”

“Having failed in his attempt to bring federal civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder now threatens charges against the Ferguson Police Department. When will Holder admit this entire event has been a fiasco of this administration’s own making?” asked Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper , a legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University and a former leadership staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. “The ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative was a lie, and the Michael Brown shooting itself provided no insight into law enforcement – minority relations. Instead of going after the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department should apologize for presuming the worst before the evidence was known. This shoot first, ask questions later civil rights policy is short-sighted and ultimately undermines overall public support for equality.”

“The American justice system is far from perfect, but it is one of the best in the world. The Justice Department’s imminent threat to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson Police Department will ultimately be a lawsuit against the taxpayers of that community,” said Project 21 member Carl Pittman, a law enforcement professional who has served as a peace officer in National City, California and Harris County, Texas. “Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently not done enough damage. His inability to accept a grand jury decision arrived at through facts and evidence will not only serve to further damage the Ferguson community, it will also solidify his place as one of the worst and most racially divisive attorney generals in our nation’s history.

Project 21 has previously issued seven press releases and posted numerous news-oriented blog entries addressing the death of Michael Brown and related events. Project 21 members have completed over 250 interviews on the death of Michael Brown and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. Several Project 21 members visited the area during and after the rioting, and two members live in the immediate area.

Project 21 members were interviewed or cited by the media over 2,000 times in 2014, including on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, One America News Network, the Orlando Sentinel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch , SiriusXM satellite radio and 50,000-watt talk radio stations including WHO-Des Moines, KOA-Denver, WGN-Chicago, WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh on topics such as civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, voter ID, race preferences, education, illegal immigration and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 is currently participating in three cases under review by the U.S. Supreme Court and has provided substantial commentary regarding the Ferguson, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner judicial proceedings and their aftermaths. Project 21 defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Black Activists Challenge Bias Against White Firemen in Court

“Racially Motivated” Hiring Hurting White Firemen Challenged by Black Activists in Court

Project 21 Black Leadership Network Joins Pacific Legal Foundation, Others in Charging the City of Buffalo, New York “Allowed the Fire Department’s Promotional Lists to Expire, Because the Next Applicants in Line for Promotion Were all Caucasian”

Washington, DC – Black activists and legal experts with the Project 21 leadership network are supporting white firefighters in court against a city’s “racially motivated” decision that deprived the white firefighters of promotions they earned.

“It is axiomatic that city government can’t cancel promotions because they don’t like the race of the applicants – black or white. In 2014, one would think people wouldn’t have to go to court over such a decision,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University and a former leadership staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the case of Margerum v. City of Buffalo, argued earlier this week before the Court of Appeals for the State of New York, Project 21 joined an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) legal brief filed with the court that was written by the Pacific Legal Foundation and also joined by the Center for Equal Opportunity, Individual Rights Foundation, Reason Foundation and Cato Institute. The brief charged city officials in Buffalo, New York “allowed the fire department’s promotional lists to expire, because the next applicants in line for promotion were all Caucasian and the City sought to avoid disparate impact litigation.”

“Every applicant in Buffalo – and everywhere else, for that matter – should expect hiring or promotion decisions will be made on the merits and not be offered or withheld based on their skin color,” added Project 21’s Cooper. “Moreover, it should be plainly known that we don’t solve the problem of racial discrimination by discriminating on the basis of race.”

Project 21’s legal brief “examines the conflict between disparate impact theory and the Equal Protection Clause [of the U.S. Constitution] in cases such as this one, where government discriminates against people of one race, in order to avoid an adverse impact on people of another race.” In this case, in which white firefighters were deprived of career advancement, it is noted that “the City decided to allow the Fire Department’s promotional eligibility lists to expire. The City’s decision was racially motivated: the next applicants in line for promotions were Caucasians, and the City feared a disparate impact challenge from the black firefighters had the Caucasian firefighters been promoted.”

In 2002, action on civil service exam results was suspended because the 13 Buffalo firefighters listed as eligible for promotion were all white. After several years of intentional delay, the list was allowed to expire in 2005 and the promotions were not awarded because the city’s commissioner of human resources deemed the test results were “suspect.” A lawsuit was filed by the firefighters in 2007 against the city, the fire department and the commissioner.

The firefighters have won their case in the lower courts, but the city has repeatedly appealed the case. The Court of Appeals is New York’s highest court.

A similar case involving white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, Ricci v. DeStefano, was decided in favor of the plaintiffs in 2009. The Project 21 legal brief draws upon the lessons of that case, noting that it “demonstrates how the specter of disparate impact litigation leads government employers to engage in unconstitutional race-conscious decision making in an attempt to avoid liability for such claims.” The brief added:

The City would not have let the list expire had the next eligible candidates on the list been African-American firefighters. Thus, the City made the decision to treat candidates differently because of race and fear of disparate impact litigation. Neither reason justifies the resulting intentional discrimination against those firefighters who excelled on the promotional examination.

“In the Ricci case, the U.S. Supreme Court showed how when government tries to remedy a perceived racial disparity that it can actually violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Cherylyn Harley LeBon , a former senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. “Two wrongs don’t make things right, and the Buffalo firemen in the Margerum case now have consistently proven in the lower courts that city officials denied them the promotions they deserved because they were all white. A merit-based promotion must not be sidelined because it is not a diverse promotion list, especially when it involves deserving first-responders like it does in this situation. These men put their lives on the line for us, and they should not find their careers or earning potential compromised by a bean-counting politician.”

A copy of the Pacific Legal Foundation-filed brief in the case of Margerum v. City of Buffalo on which Project 21 is a co-amici can be downloaded at http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/margerum-ny-ct-app.pdf

Project 21 involves itself in significant legal cases at the federal and state levels. It participated, for instance, in the cases of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and Shelby County v. Holder in particular over the past two terms of the U.S. Supreme Court as well as Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al. v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. during the Court’s current term. Over the years, Project 21 has been involved in over a dozen legal briefs. Project 21 legal experts and other members have discussed these cases in hundreds of media interviews and citations.

In 2014, Project 21 members were interviewed or cited by the media over 2,000 times, including on TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, the Orlando Sentinel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and 50,000-watt talk radio stations such as WHO-Des Moines, KOA-Denver, WGN-Chicago, WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh, on topics including civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, voter ID, race preferences, education, illegal immigration and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 members also provided substantial commentary regarding the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner judicial proceedings. Project 21 has also defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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