The "new" Black Panthers are the group whose thugs were photographed--in 2008--intimidating voters in front of polling places. Despite conclusive evidence, and not even a defense of civl charges, the Attorney General (Eric Holder) dropped even civil charges. No criminal charges were ever brought, despite the clear violations of the Voting Rights Act making it a crime to intimidate voters. Two separate attorneys in the Justice Department--one still employed--testified before Congress that the Justice Department has a policy of only prosecuting intimidation of black voters by certain type of people. The Justice Department has no interest in applying the Voting Rights Act against blacks intimidating voters (probably black or white, unless they are the "favored" type of black voters).
The mainstream media was pretty much uninterested. Anderson Cooper and CNN were too busy getting together stories suggesting that the Federal Government needs to do something about every kind of "bullying"--especially "bullying" of homosexuals. One of my brothers, by the way--who was short and 132 pounds graduating from high school--says that he has never seen a person "bullied" for being homosexual, although he was often "bullied" because of his size. That actually accords with my experience, where I observed FAT people, and others who may have been small or "geeky", bullied, rather than any special focus on homosexuals (which is not to say homosexuals are never bullied). Anderson Cooper, and CNN, went so far as to suggest that the mere USE of a word such as "faggot", or a phrase such as "so gay", represented "bullying"--a stretch of the word that extends it well beyond the breaking point. My initial reaction was that it is ridiculous to suggest that the Federal Government can, or should, "solve" bullying based on 3 suicides. There are, you should realize, 16,000 MURDERS every year in this country--which you might regard as the ultimate kind of bullying. Then, of course, there is the bullying Anderson Cooper and CNN--not to mention MSNBC--do with regard to Christine O'Donnell and other conservatives. But I wondered if I were being short sighted.
Are not the "new" Black Panthers "BULLIES" (even by the traditional meaning of the word--much less the expanded CNN meaning)? Sure they are. Well then, maybe the mainstream media will become interested in prosecuting them as BULLIES, instead of as black thugs intimidating voters.
"Skip, you are an idiot. It is YOU who has exposed, for seven years, that the members of the mainstream media, and people of the left, are the worst hypocrites to ever walk the Earth, on two legs or four. You don't understand this "bullying" stuff. It is all just another politically correct attempt to treat certain groups as "victims" of an evil American society. If some stupid Federal law is passed, it will only be used POLITICALLY to "get" people that the government wants to get, or that the media or politicians feel will advance their agenda to prosecute (persecute?)."
I am afraid that person who so rudely interrupted me--I think my brother--is right. I am back to my original opinion. Sure, the "new" Black Panthers are bullies, but they are not the kind of bullies anyone is ever going to go after--especially in the mainstream media and the Federal Government. Thus, I am back to my original---correct--opinion that any Federal law on "bullying" would be a truly astounding stupidity.