I have blogged about the parallels between Dred Scott and Dr. Jahi "Dred Scott" Issa before. For those who aren't familiar with the case:
In Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856), Mr. Chief Justice Taney delivered
the opinion of the court that included the following statement. "In the opinion of the
court, the legislation and histories of the times, and the language used in the Declaration
of Independence, show, that neither the class of persons who had been imported as
slaves, nor their descendants, whether they had become free or not, were then
acknowledged as a part of the people, nor intended to be included in the general words
used in that memorable instrument."
I cut and pasted that from Dr. Issa's Attorney's latest communication to Judge Charles W. Welch III in the matter of Delaware v Issa. The document can be viewed in it's entirety here. https://docs.goohttps://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/550912_4201248110051_15889289_n.jpggle.com/file/d/1d5fPQTax-RHvDbxwnrXpo3sveIEF-Z2zQ-HBoflF9QEHMt5ON-aduKV3HhP7/edit
When I was a child living in Alexandria Virginia witnessing the riots after the murder of Dr. King I had no idea what was really transpiring. After being a teenager in the 1970's, serving in the Navy, and growing up with the modern civil rights movement there was no way I would have believed that we would still be fighting this fight in 2013.
There is no way you could have convinced me that young black men would be suspiciously hanging by their own belts from trees in the Capitol City of a sitting United States Vice Presidents home state, and no public outcry. I would have never believed that a man could survive an attempted lynching to be mocked and ignored by the local police due to his own criminal past and skin color.
It would have been impossible to convince me that a walking abuse of public trust like Chief Downes and his little sycophant Patrolman Buchwald would be bold enough to try and cook up a false story against a professor in front of students with cell phones recording the event.
There are no words for these two abusers of the public trust, they testified under oath that Dr. Issa struck the Chief and all that Chief Downes did was touch Dr. Issa in a 'calming manner'. Both of those assertions are disproved by a video record of the event. To wit:
But for Dr. Issa's belief that as a black man that he could exercise 1st Amendment
rights while standing near the Martin Luther King Student Center and Medgar Evers Hall
on the campus of DSU, an HBCU, where he was employed, DSU employees including
Mr. Downes would have never have illegally and offensively put his hands on Dr. Issa.
Words fail me at this point. Hopefully I'll get my act together in time to discuss this on Sunday evening at 10:00 p.m. EST on our blogtalkradio show. You can listen to some of our shows with the embedded player on this blog or visit http://blogtalkradio.com/douglasbeatty . Thanks for stopping by.
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