Is President Obama Racist? New Super PAC Vows To Expose Pattern of 'Black Racism'
By Ashley Portero | August 5, 2012 3:24 AM EST
FightBigotry.com is one the newest super PACs to register with the Federal Election Commission, and it's devoted to one purpose: exposing what it believes is President Barack Obama's "defense of black racism."
"We are the only SuperPAC that will clearly connect the dots to explain the one political vulnerability of President Obama that no one else has the stomach to bring up, and the one issue where President Obama has thus far received a free pass: his disturbing, yet crystal-clear pattern of tacitly defending black racism against white folks before and since being elected president," reads the introduction to the group's website.
As ThinkProgress reports, the group's founder and president is Stephen Marks, a Republican opposition researcher who has previously released similar race-baiting political advertisements during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.The attack ads alternatively attempted to tie then-presidential candidate Al Gore to controversial comments made by Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as link 2004 nominee John Kerry to the convicted murderer Willie Horton, an African American.
A two-minute advertisement featured on the website accuses the Obama administration and its surrogates ("not the Republicans," the site emphasizes) of injecting the issue of race into Obama's 2012 presidential contest against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The ad goes on to specifically call out Attorney General Eric Holder for his alleged racist tendencies, referring to a December 2011 New York Times article in which Holder said some of both his own critics and Obama's "more extreme critics" seem to group the two together "both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we're both African American."
However, the ad, produced by FightBigotry.com, claims that Holder's statement implies that "whites are too stupid to have honest disagreements with the president without being racist" and that such an idea "is, in and of itself, racist against whites."
Other apparent examples of Obama's racism cited by the video: His relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright; his admonishment of the Cambridge, Mass., police department after the arrest of the African American Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates (he allegedly told a white police officer he wanted to speak to his "mama"); and directing the U.S. Justice Department to drop charges against the New Black Panthers in 2009
"President Obama, you have failed to live up to the dream of Martin Luther King, since Dr. King would have been sickened by the likes of the new Black Panthers, Henry Louis Gates, Jeremiah White and Eric Holder," the ad concludes, after showing a clip of King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Of course, the ad only offers bits and pieces of each story. For instance -- Gates was arrested in front of his own home after police officers assumed he was attempting to carry out a burglary, which the professor believed was a blatant example of racial profiling.
Similarly, while the group accuses the Justice Department of dropping voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panthers -- who they say were attempting to ignite a "race war" -- that's not an accurate version of the story. In fact, the Justice Department dropped charges against two members accused of shouting racial slurs outside of a polling place in Philadelphia, Penn., but sought an injunction against another New Black Panther who allegedly "repeatedly brandished a police-baton style weapon."
After several months of investigation, in September 2010, a Republican-appointed vice chairwoman of the Commission on Civil Rights concluded that "after months of hearings, testimony and investigation -- no one has produced actual evidence that any voters were too scared to cast their ballots."
In April 2010, the New Black Panther Party released a statement saying the member involved in the nightstick incident had been sanctioned for his actions with a temporary suspension from the group.
"The New Black Panther Party made it clear then and now we don't support voter intimidation ... The charges against the entire organization and the chairman were dropped. The actions of one individual cannot be attributed to an entire organization any more than every act of any member of the Catholic Church be charged to the Vatican."
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