As Perez sees things, plaintiffs who win judgments in discrimination or civil-rights cases are by no means the only ones entitled to receive compensation. Rather, he believes that some money should also be channeled into the coffers of “qualified organization[s]” approved by the Obama Justice Department. Under such a scheme, a housing discrimination case could conceivably generate cash flow not only for the actual, real-life victim, but also for a politically partisan criminal enterprise like ACORN which had nothing whatsoever to do with the case. Similarly, a civil-rights case could send money to the NAACP; a civil-liberties decision could enrich the ACLU; and an immigration-related verdict could line the pockets of such racist cesspools as MALDEF or the National Council of La Raza. Bob Driscoll, who was a top Civil Rights Division official in the George W. Bush administration, says:
The practice of … steering settlement funds to favored advocacy groups is at odds with both civil rights laws and common sense. If Congress wants to fund certain advocacy groups or set up grants for agencies to award in order to promote non-discrimination, it can. But allowing the Civil Rights Division to steer a defendant’s money to its ideological allies is offensive.
Ever the champion of the disenfranchised, Perez has loudly emphasized the Civil Rights Division’s “critical work” of “monitoring federal, state, and local elections across the country to ensure that voting takes place free of unlawful intimidation.” But when voter intimidation is directed against whites, Perez is suddenly struck dumb. This point was driven home with crystal clarity two months ago, when J. Christian Adams, a five-year DOJ veteran, resigned to protest the “corrupt nature” of DOJ’s dismissal of a case involving two Philadelphia-based members of the New Black Panther Party who had intimidated white voters with racial slurs and threats of violence on Election Day, 2008. Adams identified Thomas Perrelli (the Associate Attorney General) and Thomas Perez as the two DOJ officials most responsible for dropping the case. Last month, Adams gave damning public testimony about how Perez and other Obama DOJ officials believe that “civil rights law should not be enforced in a race-neutral manner, and should never be enforced against blacks or other national minorities.”
Also this summer, Perez and the Civil Rights Division have led the fight against the much-maligned Arizona bill deputizing state police to check the immigration status of criminal suspects if there is reason to believe that they might be in the U.S. illegally. Perez’s opposition is based on the planted axiom that white law-enforcement officers would inevitably abuse the law because of … you guessed it again: their own racist impulses.
Last year, Perez demonstrated just how keen is his ability to spot “discrimination” where most mere mortals can detect nothing of the kind. Specifically, Perez and and the Civil Rights Division pressured several universities to discontinue an experimental program whereby they allowed students to purchase their textbooks in digital formats which they could read via the Amazon Kindle. Perez’s objection: The Kindle was not yet fully accessible to blind students. It seems that while the device’s text-to-voice feature permitted the visually impaired to hear the content of their books spoken aloud, its menu options were not available in an audible format and thus required the user to be able to see. Until the Kindle rectified this grave manifestation of insensitivity, said Perez, universities that made their textbooks available on the e-reader would be investigated for possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Rounding out Perez’s view of America as a bastion of discrimination is his contention that women are not compensated equitably for their work in relation to men. But as Warren Farrell has explained quite lucidly in his book Why Men Earn More, the gender “pay gap” ranks high among the most unfounded, pernicious myths of the victim-obsessed culture that leftists like Perez have created.
All in all, Thomas Perez is everything President Obama seeks in a Justice Department official: He has an exceedingly low opinion of American culture, an equally low opinion of the country’s white-majority population, and an unshakable belief that nonwhites can succeed only with the helping hand of benevolent white leftists who constantly encourage class warfare, groupthink, and rancorous division along racial and ethnic lines. Recall, for a moment, Obama’s infamous criteria for selecting Supreme Court Justices: “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old.” Obama’s America is, above all else, a land of victims. Thomas Perez’s America is, too. It’s a match made in heaven.
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