The Department of Social Justice

Ryan Lovelace, National Review, December 8, 2014

When Department of Justice officials arrived in Ferguson, Mo., one day after the death of Michael Brown, it wasn’t just to conduct an investigation on potential civil-rights violations. In fact, officials from one Justice Department office were conducting meetings with Ferguson residents to educate them on subjects such as “white privilege.”

The DOJ’s Community Relations Service arrived in Ferguson purportedly to lessen the tension between protesters and city officials. But sources who attended the DOJ’s private gatherings with Ferguson residents tell NRO that the Justice Department also sought to educate and question the community about the issues of white privilege and racism. The political nature of the Justice Department’s intervention in Ferguson may not be exclusive to its interactions with residents; it also might have affected its ongoing investigations into the Ferguson Police Department and officer Darren Wilson.

As investigators combed through Ferguson, DOJ’s Community Relations Service began holding the town-hall meetings, which excluded press and everyone from out of town. Ferguson resident Audrey Watson, 47, attended one of the meetings. She says federal officials organized the attendees into small groups and asked questions such as “What stereotypes exist in our community?” “How does white privilege impact race relations in our community?” and “Is there a need for personal commitment to race relations?”

Hundreds of people attended the fall meetings, including Ferguson mayor James Knowles III, who says many people at the initial meetings were angry and screaming. Knowles says the Community Relations Service officials told him they had previously responded to Trayvon Martin’s death in Sanford, Fla., and that they were there to help. During the meetings, he says, the DOJ officials talked about underlying racism that people may not perceive, and the issue of white privilege.

“I mean, I think it was really just trying to get people to understand what that [white privilege] means, because the average white person wakes up and says, if you’re just a middle-class white person, you say, ‘What privilege do I have?’ ” Knowles says. “But until you really understand the systemic issues and maybe some of those not-visible things that exist in society, which affect African Americans or other persons of color, you may not really understand what that is.”

In an e-mail to NRO, a Justice Department spokeswoman said the meetings were designed to ease tension. The spokeswoman requested that NRO not quote her e-mails and added that it’s not the role of Community Relations Service officials to take a position on issues of race. {snip}

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While the Community Relations Service town-hall meetings with Ferguson residents have concluded, DOJ officials remain in the city. Before, during, and after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, the officials met with protesters and other key stakeholders such as Mayor Knowles about how to keep the peace.

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  • MekongDelta69

    According to our Dictator-In-Chief and his totalitarian regime, there are two groups in this formerly great country:
    1.) Straight, White conservative male (and non-feminazi female) legal American citizens/Vets.
    2.) Everybody who’s NOT in Group #1.

    If you are in Group #1, you are demonized for simply breathing and existing.
    If you are in Group #2, you are lionized for simply breathing and existing.

    Blacks can think, say and do whatever they feel like doing because they are enabled and encouraged by their self-loathing, guilt-ridden, hypocritical, spineless White leftist masters.

    That is why these idiotic ‘hate’ crimes, ‘hate’ speech, ‘hate’ thoughts only go one way.

    The America some of us grew up in is D-E-A-D.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Did you wake up this morning White?

      You are a racist enjoying unearned White Privilege.

      • See The Future

        Racist and proud

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          I knew there was something I liked about you.

    • See The Future

      Touring America is no longer a goal. The America that was worth touring is long gone.

      • Ed Troyer

        Looking forward to taking back America (and western civilization) from the ‘amish’.

    • LHathaway

      You must be pretty old.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    “White privilege.” That is a curious term. Am I privileged to pay taxes, to obey the law, to help keep my community clean, to vote, to shop, to worship, to be a decent person. To marry the mother of my children. To NOT do drugs, litter my neighborhood, to show respect to my teachers,…is that “white privilege?”

    • Alucard_the_last

      We have so much privilege that every commercial that is based on a negative (constipation, feminine itch, lice, etc.) always has an all white cast. If the commercial is positive, it suddenly become diversified.

    • Charles Martel

      I know one thing that pisses leftists off. Seeing a shirt that says “WHITE PRIVILEGE IS EVOLUTION that’s why Asians have it also”. Oddly no black seems smart enough to read it.

  • I would have guessed before now that the purpose of the DOJ CRC is to foment and provoke riots. If the President and Attorney General were “real” street ghetto blacks, it would be. But because Obama and Holder are white gentry liberals with tans, they’re using the DOJ CRC as an extension of any given white privilege seminar at any given college or university.

    • Oil Can Harry

      During the Wounded Knee occupation FBI agents accused the CRS of smuggling weapons in to the AIM terrorists.

    • Keepin’itREALISTic

      Barry Whitemama / Sodomtoro has never been seen as anything but a clown and a laughingstock of a lying doped-up pretty boy homosexual hustler trading on his attractiveness to the most affluent non-negro homosexual men in his vicinity by those who encountered him as a teen in Hawaii, a college student at Occidental or a thirty-something in Chicago. (He was never at Columbia and the silence of his Harvard Law contemporaries casts limitless suspicions upon them.) Only when the Dinosaur News Industry discovered in him their long sought dream profit-maximizer for the role of Realtime Magic Negro Superhero was he ever taken seriously by any outsiders other than his muslim programers and communist promoters.

      High Yellow ‘Ho’e Holder on the other hand is a devastating disappointment to anybody who held out any hope for sound negro judgment or clarity of black thought.

      That lil’ yella ‘ho’e for all his genuinely likable interpersonal sincerity, humility (he was an admitted Bullets fan) and solid normal family background is a complete dimwit who’s been totally turned out by the stupefying, patently and hideously erroneous race fictions of the lunatic left. He’s had his head bumped permanently by his white leftist thought masters.

      So the only thing the privileged lil’ yella ‘ho’e Holder ends up accomplishing is goading to self destruction the gullible massive hordes of blacks younger and even less intelligent than himself.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Heh, this kinda says it all.
      Before, during, and after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, the
      officials met with protesters and other key stakeholders such as Mayor
      Knowles about how to keep the peace.

      Boy, are those guys bad at their jobs…..
      Riots seems to get worse when they show up, if anything.

  • pcmustgo

    It’s amazing how many brainwashed liberals truly believe in these racial orthodoxies and rules , like “only whites can be racist because racism = prejudice + power” (since when?). “Mixed race people can choose their own racial identity and whites cannot dare judge that”. “White privilege”. They believe these tenets to be unquestionable. Like god himself came down and gave them. So it’s unsurprising the government does now too.

    • Alucard_the_last

      The most racist ‘people’ in America are negroes. Take note how Hispanic and Asian ‘racism’ against negroes is never mentioned. I guess that is another ‘benefit’ of white privilege.

  • pcmustgo

    I actually do believe whites have some privilege in that they are the numerical majority, so the majority of people on TV are white, it’s easier for whites to trust another white in hiring or whatever, etc. But it ends there. And affirmative action exists to compensate for this. It’s the constant hand-wringing and guilt-tripping over white privilege that bothers me.

  • superlloyd

    More stirring up of the dumb. negro masses with meaningless, contrived abstractions to fuel the fire of their already extant anti-white racism and to justify their status as perennial failures. Crude, lying propaganda being administered by a quasi totalitarian, anti-white, cultural marxist tinpot regime to foment civil insurrection and anti-white hate crimes as if there weren’t enough already.

    • Rhialto

      True enough! White Privilege is being used as a battle cry to encourage more damage to White men.

      Note that when there might have been White privilege (before 1960) the term was never used.

  • DaveMed

    Check out the comments at NR.

    So tragic when you think about it. They understand the problem, but they (as respectable “conservatives”) refuse to act on their knowledge.

    For now, that is.

  • Alexandra1973

    To me, “white privilege” means that being white comes with a better package deal.

    • Charles Martel

      good for everything except short distance runs.

  • 4321realist

    “……residents tell NRO that the Justice Department also sought to educate and question the community about the issues of white privilege and racism. ”

    White privilege is actually “White Advantage,” which means whites far out perform blacks due to being much more intelligent, just as all other racial groups are.

    What blacks hope to flim flam the electorate with is that their failures are not due to their low average group I.Q., but to some vague notion that there are privileges for whites.

    Dirt poor immigrants who have lived lives of oppression all their lives before coming here out perform blacks in both the school and work place, yet there are no complaints of “privilege” directed toward them. They don’t need to whine and complain, because they succeed in spite of their backgrounds.

    Blacks fail. It is the fault of black inability. Nothing else.

    They have been given more Privileges than any other race in the US, and it is TRULY Black Privilege.

    And if they don’t get more, they resort to Black Terrorism, which is what we are seeing now.

  • Alucard_the_last

    We have black privilege and special rights. If we didn’t, this whole event would have come and gone by now. It is ONLY because the criminal was black that it is front page news for months. We NEVER hear about the other racial minorities and esp. whites who are murdered by the savages.

    • saxonsun

      True. These savages have the “privilege” of being allowed to act out their nature.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    Why do I get nervous whenever anyone says “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”?

    • Sick of it

      You’re suffering from a terminal case of Reaganitis. The left wing will likely not be able to cure you of your common sense.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    officials from one Justice Department office were conducting meetings with Ferguson residents to educate them on subjects such as “white privilege.”

    How about 50 years of legally enforced racism agasint Whites: Affirmative Action.

    How’s that for White Privilege?

    More examples of Whites enjoying their “unearned” White Privilege.

    • See The Future

      Bring back the noose

      • Ed Troyer

        ….and the ‘bullet’. Both much cheaper and very effective ‘deterrents’.

    • MannyR

      And imagine what would happen if whites were actually aware that these types of murders were going on daily instead of being brainwashed by Tribe media that shows Black protestors and they’re liberal scum accomplices. One day on NBC, CBS, and ABC that’s all I’d need.

      • R L Buds

        All of us who care to see do or will. I was kind of shocked about my mother-in-law going on about Ferguson and how scary and messed up it all is.

        The only ones who don’t care are the ones who defend these monsters by saying “but there are bad white people too”, or “90% of all serial killers are white men”. The ratios never matter to them.

        Our criminals are outlyers, they are thought of as trashy (usually) their’s are they baby daddies and good boys on they way to college, but never looked down upon. Our’s “cultures” will never be compatible.

  • dd121

    White is the only racial group in America that is discriminated against by law. No others can say that. So how is that a “privilege” for whites? Yep, the privilege to pay most of the taxes and take all the blame.

  • jim

    “….The spokeswoman requested that NRO not quote her e-mails and added that
    it’s not the role of Community Relations Service officials to take a
    position on issues of race.”

    “….In fact, officials from one Justice Department office were conducting
    meetings with Ferguson residents to educate them on subjects such as
    “white privilege.”

    So…which is it?

  • A Freespeechzone

    This is only the beginning—this crap will be forced on our children in the govt schools, colleges and employers if it isn’t already–next will be ‘reeducation camps’.

  • Jeff Traube

    As opposed to black privilege of robbing stores, walking in the middle of street, resisting arrest, looting – or Hebrew privilege of dominating the media hyping and distorting any white on black incident while ignoring the far more prevalent cases of black on white and black on black crime . . .

    • IstvanIN

      Black on White crime is epidemic. I could list hundreds.

  • JohnEngelman

    White privilege is the privilege of living in communities where there are hardly any blacks.

  • LeonNJ

    I never understood what people want with us whites and our privilege. They keep talking about it, but never go into detail except telling us to “check our privilege”. What do they want the average white man on the street to do?

    • Ellis Kurtz

      “Check your privilege”
      “OK, let me see…I’m privileged to be more intelligent than you are. Any questions?”

  • MannyR

    The deeper we get into Black Prez’s last 2years the more I’m convinced that the Alex Jones types who say he’s going to declare martial law in 2015 or 2016 and never leave the White House are right. He’s single handily alienating every single normal working class white from ever voting for the Democrats again. His party has to see this and be concerned….or like I said maybe they’re not worried for a reason?

  • Yves Vannes

    How “White Privilege” Works:

    You read an ad in Craigslist for a specific set of tools you’ve been searching for so you call, set an appointment and drive over…

    You have transportation to drive to the address and a vehicle in sufficient condition to transport your purchase. You didn’t have to steal it to get there so no added concern that the popo would be looking for you.

    You speak standard English, the sellers speaks standard English so there was no language barrier. The home was clean,well cared for and exuded the atmosphere of a comfortable happy home. There was do confusion about who was the daddy of whom or if the mom was the bitch to whom. Being well mannered and polite is a social lubricant that allows openness and cooperation in the world of white privilege – both within families and between strangers. So there was no pissing contest to see who was the bigger buck and who had the bigger piece.

    You made your deal, shook hands and went on your merry way. I’ll bet if you ran into each other at the local mall or at a local restaurant you may even exchange greetings.

    You didn’t have to deal with price jumping even after an agreed upon price, no zoo smells from a home that hadn’t been cleaned in at least a month, no attempts at baiting you into violence, no sprogs rummaging through your vehicle and no tribal neighborhood committee who wandered over to hassle you and who then tried to start a fight with the sellers for trying to sell the equipment they had all stolen 6 months earlier. You didn’t have to wander through an obstacle course of garbage, racist taunts and attempts at intimidating you into acting rashly.

    In short, “White Privilege” is civil behavior, good manners and thoughtfulness.

  • I wonder if someone {caucasian} breached certain unmentionable topics during one of these DOJ sessions in Ferguson if they could then be arrested on the spot for hate speech? If they resisted they could then be shot? Probably wouldn’t even be worth a byline in the local paper.

    • Yves Vannes

      There is actually a watered down version of what you’ve just described – and it has been standard operating procedure for decades. If you have the misfortune of teaching or doing research in a non STEM discipline at almost any university and it gets out that you are not on the progressive reservation – you have little chance of gaining tenure or advancement no matter the quality of your scholarship. Many, largely white men, have been chased off of campus for frivolous PC reasons. Many with tenure. The STEM depts have until recently been able to avoid these sorts of purges. Unfortunately, that has begun to change.

      How long before this bleeds into the corporate world if it hasn’t already?

      • jane johnson

        It has infected corporate America. Remember the Mozilla executive who was forced out because it was revealed that he had contributed to a pro-(traditional) family organization? This was construed as somehow anti-gay.

  • Alex Dihes

    From the Memorial book of the White House

    A security chopper hovers above the White House.
    Michelle looks out of the window, “Barack, why is he not moving?”

    “Why, why. What a stupid question, Michelle. The fuel is over.”

  • Michigan Patriot

    I didn’t know to be a tax slave and made a minority in your own country that you created, victim of racial crimes was a ” privelge

  • Paleoconn

    White privilege = civilized behavior