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Should the government's civil rights agency focus on "traditional" civil rights?

By Abha Bhattarai  |  October 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What's a "traditional" civil right? I thought the whole idea of civil rights was equity. This is a strange and exclusionary question that's devoid of context...

Posted by: Nymous | October 21, 2010 5:37 AM

what are traditional civil rights?
this agency should be protecting everyones civil rights, even those of whites...
if not they should be disbanded...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 21, 2010 6:00 AM

What does this even mean???

Posted by: AxelDC | October 22, 2010 10:28 AM

Are you white? Then if you file a complaint -- and IF the civil rights division of DOJ acts on it -- then they will be adjudicating on a "non-traditional" civil rights case.

Good luck with that.

Posted by: electra775 | October 22, 2010 7:38 PM

I favor DOJ restricting themselves to enforcing "traditional" civil rights such as freedom of association, free speech, life liberty and pursuit of happiness, and so on.

The problem is that the wording of this question is meant to support the contention that "traditional" civil rights pertain to only a few races of Americans, and have no applicability to anyone else. In other words, "equal protection under the law" is simply another one of those outmoded ideas in the Constitution that need to be discarded.

I get it that the DOJ currently feels differently than I do. With some luck I will still be able to excercise my civil rights at the voting booth in two weeks, without a New Black Panther at my side demonstrating to me how to fill out the ballot.

By the way, my compliments to the Cincinnati Board of Education for showing high school students in their district how to be good Democrats. No voting fraud there, nosiree! Kudos to the Post as well, for continuing to keep the story under wraps!

Posted by: conservative20815 | October 22, 2010 8:23 PM

I can't answer this poll, since I don't know what it means. What's a "traditional civil right"?

Posted by: familynet | October 22, 2010 8:54 PM

The laws governing the kinds of activity that are permitted outside polling places are not just specific to the particular problems that Black Americans have suffered. Presumably, the particular problem in question could have been solved without a prosecution by the the Attorney General's civil rights division. But, if the Black Panthers made a practice of harassing voters, it would certainly be appropriate for the civil rights division to take action against them.

Posted by: dnjake | October 22, 2010 9:51 PM

Fix the poll so that it has some meaning to anyone but the author of the question. I'm for the constitution, which means equal protection under the law.

Posted by: robert17 | October 22, 2010 10:00 PM

Just another stupid WaPo editor with nothing to do. Move along, there's nothing to see here.

Posted by: therev1 | October 22, 2010 10:00 PM

What a bigoted question! If Juan Williams is catching so much hell, why isn't ABHA BHATTARAI also catching hell?

I'm entitled to 'traditional' civil rights as well. Because right now, I'm experiencing 'traditional' discrimination by the Bhattarai bigot.

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Posted by: yuyou97 | October 22, 2010 11:06 PM

Civil rights are civil rights. Whoever posted this question is brain dead. Maybe we should invite the KKK to be present at Obamas polling place this year and see what happens.

Posted by: joeschler | October 23, 2010 9:33 AM

By enforcing civil rights on a selective basis, the agency is embracing the same segregation it's supposed to be fighting.
Of course they deny this, but their record speaks otherwise.

Posted by: mtpeaks | October 23, 2010 11:35 AM



Something is very, very wrong here.

Posted by: AG11 | October 23, 2010 12:16 PM

This is not unexpected considering the blatant bigotry shown by this asninistration nd the thought (and actions proving) that the Constitution does not apply to Obama or his team of "experts".
The idea of notprosecuting "minorities"9 (i.e. Blacks)for intimidating White people is and has been deeply rooted in the Democrat Party for decades, and is simply "coming out of the closet" under Obama.
It is time for the Justice Department to start administering JUSTICE, equaLLY, FAIRLY, AND WITHOUT regard to race, sex, sexual preference, location, political affiliation, or income. Unfortunately, this will not happen under the Obama Administration.
One of our Founding Principles is Equality Under The Law, so let's start demanding that this be done by firing (not re-electing) anyone who shows prejudice of any kind when it comes to investigating or taking cases to trial.
As for the Philidelphia incident, the New Black Panthers were already breaking the law by having weapons at a polling place, as stated under Federal Law.

Posted by: rogerlmeyer | October 23, 2010 1:56 PM

Another rigged WaPo poll with no correct answer. This is one reason why Americans don't like far-left liberals and their propaganda rag newspapers.

2 + 2 equals:

A. 3
B. 5
C. 44

Posted by: panola60 | October 23, 2010 2:21 PM

I'm glad to see the polling question regarding "traditional civil rights" cases losing by more than 3 to 1. Although I'm certain that Donald Beasley would be very upset about this as he sees two kinds of civil rights cases - one for black folks that should go through, and one for the rest of society that should be dropped. How unfortunate. P.S. Mr. Beasley is one of the commentators on the Black Panther intimidation story.

Posted by: sharon28627 | October 23, 2010 7:38 PM

I was just getting ready to answer the poll question when I thought, "Wait a minute...does 'traditional civil rights' mean civil rights equally enforced for everyone, or only enforced in one direction?"

Since I'm not sure what the question is supposed to mean, how can I answer the question? But then maybe that was the idea of the question's wording.

Posted by: LouBear | October 24, 2010 4:42 PM

Incredible how we are blatantly discriminating against 'non-traditional' group of people (aka, whites)! So, because they haven't been discriminated against in the past, it is perfectly ok to discriminate against them now? Retribution?

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