REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Let me start with this beginning of a news story:

TheState Attorney General\’s Office ran an undercover sting operationover three years that captured leading Republicans, including fourmembers of its largest city\’s state House delegation, on tapeaccepting money, it has been learned.

Yetno one was charged with a crime.

Prosecutorsbegan the sting in 2010 unde a Democratic attorney general. After aRepublican took office in 2013, she shut it down.

Ina statement to The Inquirer on Friday, she called the investigationpoorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it hadtargeted White people.

How do you feel about this?  Are you happy with what the Attorney General did?  Would you expect – demand – to see concrete evidence that the investigation was conducted in a racist way?  And even if it was, would you accept the premise that this gives a free pass to the crooked politicians taking those bribes?

Think about it for a moment.  Please.

Now, let me post the real story – not the one above, which was modified to make a point, but the real one, as reported by Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

ThePennsylvania Attorney General\’s Office ran an undercover stingoperation over three years that captured leading PhiladelphiaDemocrats, including four members of the city\’s state Housedelegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned.

Yetno one was charged with a crime.

Prosecutorsbegan the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorneygeneral. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, sheshut it down.

Ina statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigationpoorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it hadtargeted African Americans.

Now: having shown you what actually was reported, I will repeat my questions.

How do you feel about this?  Are you happy with what the Attorney General did?  Would you expect – demand – to see concrete evidence that the investigation was conducted in a racist way?  And even if it was, would you accept the premise that this gives a free pass to the crooked politicians taking those bribes?

Oh, wait. Before you answer, here\’s a bit more of the story (bold print is mine):

BeforeKane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the inquiry said,prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documentedat least four city Democrats taking payments in cash or money orders,and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet.

Typically,the payments made at any one time were relatively modest – rangingfrom $500 to $2,000 – but most of those involved accepted multiplepayments, people familiar with the investigation said. In some cases,the payments were offered in exchange for votes or contracts, theysaid.

Sourceswith knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financialpitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democratsaccepted the payments.

What\’s that?  Both Republicans and Democrats were offered bribes, and only Democrats accepted them? 

That puts a very different light on the claim that only Black politicians were targeted, doesn\’t it? 

And there is one other element you should be aware of:  Both the undercover operative, Tyrone B. Ali, and Claude Thomas, the lead agent, are also Black.  Ali was convinced to participate in the operation in exchange for getting favorable treatment in a $430,000 fraud case — and had the case dropped completely before AG Kane killed this operation.  So he\’s a big winner, isn\’t he?

These factors make it very clear that racism plays a major part in this story.

But the smell that emanates from Ms. Kane\’s office suggests the racism is that, in this midterm election year, the Democrat Attorney General of Pennsylvania does not want to anger Black constituents…who might vent their anger by staying home on election day.  So if you happen to be a corrupt Black politician in Philadelphia, all is forgiven.

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a state Attorney General who just might be looking to invent a non-existent case of it for political purposes.

One last thing:  I watched the Today Show this morning, and this story was not mentioned.  If my original, modified version were the real one – i.e. White Republican politicians who took bribes were given a free pass by a Republican Attorney General because no Blacks were implicated as well – do you think Today, and just about every other mainstream media venue, would be talking about it?

Me too.

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