Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie sent a second letter to President Barack Obama asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor to quickly and impartially investigate allegations of political interference in the Justice Department’s voting rights case against member of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.
Project 21’s letter is cited in a July 14 editorial in The Washington Times. The Times staff writes:
Post-racial America has yet to arrive for many black leaders. President Obama has shown little interest in leading the national dialogue on race he once proposed, and civil rights groups are unwilling or unable to reach beyond their usual tired rhetoric. Saying the Tea Party movement contains “racist elements that are a threat to democracy” is a shameful slap at the millions of Americans untainted by bigotry who oppose Mr. Obama’s radical leftist policies regardless of his color…
Last week, the Project 21 black leadership network asked Mr. Obama for the second time to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Justice Department’s failure to prosecute New Black Panther Party members for blatant, race-based voter intimidation in Philadelphia in 2008. Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie wrote that “the problem has festered to a point where perceptions of racial bias within your Justice Department cannot be ignored.”