Bigots With Badges II


When discussing civil rights and racial inequities in America, the right has just one mantra; discrimination no longer occurs except against the white people, so the best thing we can do is remove all laws which attempt to level the playing field for all races. Well, the truth is racism and bigotry are not only alive and well in 1997 America (oh, surprise, surprise) but is rampant within the very government charged with eradicating it.

Let's look at just one federal department as an excellent example; the U.S. Marshal Service.

Six Deputy U.S. Marshals, as well as officers from the IRS, the ATF and the FBI attended the Ku Klux Klan's 1995 annual "Good Old Boys Roundup" at a campground in southeastern Tennessee where a sign at the entrance proclaimed "Nigger Check Point". On sale were "Coon Hunting Licenses" and a skit was produced in which a black doll was pulled out of a watermelon and smashed with a baton. This gathering was first exposed a number of years ago by the TV show 60 Minutes but continues to soil the American law enforcement psyche even today.

White Deputy Marshals made death threats against celebrated African-Americans, such as the Honorable, Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Reverend Al Sharpton, without any official sanctions or punishment.

White Marshals planted a loaded weapon near a notorious federal prisoner in a secured New York Federal Courthouse, endangering not only a white Marshal who had reported the mistreatment of black Marshals, but many other court employees and civilians, as well.

Transcripts from the District Court in a Washington D.C. case show that the U.S. Marshal Service's highest ranking officials, as well as high ranking U.S. Justice Dept. officials, openly engaged in federal corruption by assisting in the creation of ARGUS (Armed Response Group U.S.), a subversive and fanatically racist Militia group.

The creation of an illegally established federally chartered 501C3 (Tax Exempt) organization named the "U.S. Marshal Foundation", which is accused of theft and misappropriation of millions of dollars of tax payer funds.

The misuse of federal property in the sales of U.S. Marshal badges for $500 or more.

Senior U.S. Marshal's directing a policy of targeting black communities for drug enforcement activities, generating false arrest statistics which are overwhelmingly biased against blacks.

Senior white Marshals openly using the expressions "Coon" and "Nigger" and "Spic".

Finally, the U.S. Marshal Service has seen white deputies setting up their fellow black deputies for beatings by prison inmates, white officers failing to provide backup for black officers, white deputies using a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. for target practice during an annual firearm qualification, a white officer wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume terrorizing an office of black female Marshals and white Marshals placing obscene and defaced photos of a 7 year old black murder victim on the desks of a black Marshal and his white partner. This same white officer was beaten by another white colleague and called "nigger lover" for supporting his black partner's discrimination complaint.

Last year, 240 black ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) agents won a multi-million dollar lawsuit for the same type of racial discrimination. Many similar suits are pending or have been settled with black agents of the FBI and Secret Service.

Calls for an investigation of the complaints against the U.S. Marshal Service have come from such disparate sources as Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, Gilbert Branch, asst. executive director of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), Wallace Roney, President, International Council of U.S. Marshals Locals, American Federation of Government Employees, and Maxine Waters, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman (D-Calif.).

All decent Americans will support these calls to root out the evil of prejudice within the very government which is charged with protecting us. Any malignancy such as this that so permeates law enforcement is a cancer which affects the citizens these officers are entrusted to protect. No matter your race, you will eventually feel the effects of the turmoil within the hallowed ranks of law enforcement. How can these bigots safeguard our liberties when they are such eager participants in the destruction of their fellow officer's civil rights? Can we trust their ability to honestly investigate cases when one cannot be certain that all suspects are equally scrutinized due to the race of the suspects? How many criminals are free simply by virtue of their race?

These millions of dollars are coming out of the pockets of American taxpayers. These "Bigots With Badges" are seldom forced to pay for their acts of small-mindedness either through discipline or financial hardships. We, the citizens of this nation, are paying each time an instance of bigotry is allowed to occur. As usual, the wrong people are paying the price for other's malfeasance.

Always remember, if the Bible is correct and we are all made in His image, then a very small portion of our fellow Americans are viciously attacking those He chose to color darker.

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