Obama waged a war on cops. And Biden is looking to carry the torch.
Donald Trump advocated for our police departments. He wanted fully funded police forces staffed by dedicated public servants.
But Trump faced a nearly impossible situation, as his predecessor worked to turn the public against the police. Now, Biden works to erase Trump’s progress in this civil war, just as Biden works to erase every success Trump garnered in the Oval Office.
Sadly, Biden’s political atmosphere is a slap in the face for first responders across the nation.
As Fox News explains:
New findings obtained by Fox News revealed that President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division organized a conference that was used as a tool by radical anti-government activists to champion cop-killers and free violent criminals.
According to a previously unseen university transcript obtained by the American Accountability Foundation and given to Fox News, Kristen Clarke was a critical leader and organizer of the controversial Race-ing Justice Conference while she was a student a Columbia Law School in April 1999
The transcript points to Clarke as the event organizer multiple times, as many speakers thanked her and other organizers for bringing the conference together. Clarke was previously reported as only being a contact for the conference.
“Let me begin by acknowledging the work of Manny Marable and Kristen Clarke who drew us all together,” said conference speaker and author Ashe Bandele.
According to the transcript, fellow conference speaker Anne Elliott stated later in the conference that she was invited by Clarke to speak.
“When Kirsten asked me to speak, she asked me to speak first and then she asked me to moderate,” said Elliott. “So I said I’ll moderate if you give me 10 minutes to say something about Project Greenhope and about women in prison. So I’m going to do that. And then I’m going to introduce my colleagues here for you to hear.”
We get the picture, Clarke was definitely an integral figure in hosting this conference.
Further, the point of the conference is contentious, at best. In fact, the conference structured an alliance between “left-leaning students and anti-government activists” to foster efforts to liberate death row inmates, whom they often called “political prisoners.”
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The convicted criminals the conference equated to “political prisoners” included Assata Shakur — who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper, escaped from prison and remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted list — and Susan Rosenberg, who was convicted for transporting multiple illegal firearms and over 740 pounds of explosives.
Rosenberg was also a member of the American communist terrorist group, the May 19th Communist Organization, that bombed the US Capitol on Nov. 7, 1983.
Multiple speakers at the conference referred to the death row inmates as “political prisoners,” or “POWs,” including City College of New York professor Herb Boyd and founder of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, Safiya Bukhari.
“I think we need to extend that definition [of political prisoners] to include, you know, a number of particularly Puerto Rican, African American political prisoners that we have — most particularly Sundiata Acoli, they talk about Sekou Odinga, we have the situation where Susan Rosenberg and you know Sylvia [Blyden], of course [Mumia Abu-Jamal] and hopefully many of you will be on your way to Philadelphia tomorrow to participate in that situation,” said Boyd.
“By the same token, Tom [Manning], another political [prisoner], is suffering from severe arthritis and is in constant pain to the point he’s on crutches now and they won’t take him out to the hospital either,” said Bukhari, according to the transcript.
Bukhari also referred to herself as a “prisoner of war” and downplayed the events of the Holocaust in her remarks, saying it “was only 6 million Jews killed in the camps and prisons of Germany and Poland.”
Additionally, Bandele compared the prisoners being advocated for to the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
“And I’m trying to figure out how we get to do that with our own Mandellas right here, [Sundiata Acoli, and Sekou Odinga, Mutulu Shakur],” said Bandele, according to the transcript.
Bandele also compared then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to the infamous Alabama Democrat state lawmaker Bull Connor, who turned fire hoses and police dogs against civil rights activists, including children.
“Then, as now, what was happening throughout the country was that you had a sheriff in the South named Bull Connor,” said Bandele. “Now we have a mayor named Rudy Guliani, and I’m struggling to understand the substantive difference between the two of them.
“And I think that, and I’m not saying this to be pedantic or to be hysterical or by hyperbolic.”
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A lot of conferences deal in the theoretical. But not this one. Instead, this particular conference included a panel titled “In Defense of Mumia” in regards to Abu-Jamal.
This man sits in prison for murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal shot Faulkner in the face during a run of the mill traffic stop. As soon as the conference concluded, attendees went to Philadelphia. There, they attended a rally demanding Abu-Jamal’s release.
Imagine for one second if hosts of protesters showed up demanding the release of Derek Chauvin? And Chauvin was working to protect a community from a known criminal. He didn’t randomly shoot someone in the face.
But according to Clarke’s conference, Abu-Jamal “never received a fair trial and was tried by a racist judge.” I guess now days convicting a murderer of murder is a racist move.
Speaking of Racism
In a tense exchange with Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Attorney General Merrick Garland — who would become Clarke’s boss at the DOJ if she’s confirmed — defended Clarke after a 1994 letter from her resurfaced in which she wrote that “Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities” among other things.
“I’ve read, in the last few days, these allegations about Kristen Clarke, who I’ve also gotten to know, who I also trust, who I believe is a person of integrity, whose views about the civil rights division I have discussed with her and they are in line with my own,” Garland responded to Lee.
“I have every reason to want her. She is an experienced former line prosecutor of hate crimes and we need somebody like that,” Garland continued before he was interrupted by Lee, who said he was asking about Clarke’s “statement” rather than the person herself.
And Democrats are clinging to their endorsements of Clarke.
“People are trying to say you’re wrong for this job when, dear God, you are what we need in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department,” Democratic Senator Cory Booker said.
“If you’re wrong for this job, then Thurgood Marshall was wrong,” Booker continued, referring to the late civil rights attorney and Supreme Court justice.
I’m not sure what Corey Booker is smoking. Perhaps he’s been spending time with Hunter Biden. Because in no way is a cop-hater the answer to civil rights in this country.
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