Black Class Action Demands Apology From Dems
In a press release he calls "The 9/11 Black Attack on Democrats", the Reverend Wayne Perryman announced a class action that accuses the Democratic Party in America of racial discrimination from 1792 to 2011. The suit names President Barack Obama as a co-defendant and demands he apologize on behalf of the political party he leads.
Reverend Perryman is Minister in Charge of Church Administration for Mt. Calvary Christian Center Church of God in Christ. In addition, he manages his own consulting firm, served as a former newspaper publisher, a radio talk-show host, and corporate employment relations consultant. He is recognized for his community service activities and has written four self-published books available on his web site. He appears frequently as a conservative viewpoint for Fox's Hannity & Colmes, TBN's 700 Club, and the Beverly Hills Tea Party.
The Democratic Party has long acknowledged its role in condoning slavery in this country. Several admissions from Democrats refute the notion they try to avoid their responsibility for prolonging racism in America. Take for example these recent events:
On May 16, 1997, President Clinton issued an apology to the victims of the Tuskegee Experiment.
On February 7, 2005, the 109th Congress apologized for not enacting lynching laws to protect those who were victims of hangings. Eighty of the one hundred US Senators signed the bill as co-sponsors. Incidents of lynching are recorded in every state in the contiguous United States except four and less than 1 percent of the perpetrators were ever brought to justice.
January 20, 2007, the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of North Carolina apologized for the 1898 riot and massacre.
Most recently, on March 18, 2008, then Senator Barack Obama delivered his "More Perfect Union" speech. (4) Rev. Perryman said at the time, "I was asked to review and analyze Obama's inspirational and fascinating speech on race. Many believe it is one of the best speeches since Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and I agree."
This is not the first time Rev. Perryman's lawyers pleaded his case before a judge. He previously reached the US Supreme Court where his appeal was dismissed because he, as plaintiff, had no legal standing in this matter. In other words, he didn't personally suffer under segregation. In this latest round, his class action is on behalf of recent documented accounts that place full responsibility for slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, and racist practices since 1792 on today's Democratic Party and its current standard bearer and co-defendant President Barack Obama. In a broad public appeal, he is urging Americans who lived in the South during Jim Crow or have personal knowledge of racial discrimination in the South up to 1977, to submit their accounts as a Friend of the Court.
It will be interesting to watch case No. C11-1503 as it moves through the courts. It will also be noteworthy to see if, in time, this litigation provides answers to some of these obvious questions:
Who is paying the legal fees for preparing, presenting, and defending this and previous legal briefs?
"The brief cites the collective work of over 350 legal scholars and includes Congressional records, case law, research from our nation's top history professors, racist statements from Democratic elected officials, citations from the Democrat's National Platforms regarding their support of slavery, excepts of speeches from Senator Obama, individual testimonies from blacks who lived in the Jim Crow South and opinions from the NAACP," says the Federal Observer. The only reparation demanded is a public apology.
Should the court confirm or deny Rev. Perryman's view of history or is this a job for historians?
The brief presents a credible and well-documented historical account of racism in American before, during, and after the Emancipation Proclamation. It asks the court to accept this historical perspective.
Can the courts order a sitting President to apologize for thousands of dead southern legislators, governors, and Dixiecrats?
Today's Democratic Party, although sown and grown in Southern soil, has a different membership, regional influence, national purpose, racial texture, and political objective then in the days of its origin.
Why wasn't President Andrew Johnson a co-defendant in this action?
In the 40 page brief filed September 12, 2011 in US District Court, the Rev. Perryman said history reveals that an apology or reparation for blacks would not be an issue today had the Democratic President Andrew Johnson chosen to sign Senate Bill 60.
Is the Rev. Perryman actually tryinng to recruit Black voters for the Republican Party?
The Reverend Wayne Perryman revealed in a telephone interview that he was once a member of the Washington State Clergy to Re-Elect Bill Clinton. (1) However, in 2008 he was caucusing for McCain at the Mercer Island's Republican Caucus. "My preference would be Huckabee," said Perryman, "but it's obvious he's not going to make it. It would be a waste of time...it would just be impossible for him to get it." This source also noted "Perryman has written multiple books concerning African Americans, religion, politics and the media, books which he said have brought many Black voters to the Republican Party." (2)
This well publicized legal action is timed to extract an apology from the very first Black and Democratic President just months before the 2012 presidential election. The plaintiff is a Black preacher actively engaged in converting Black voters for the Republican Party.
The public record reveals that President Obama has never dodged the role played by the 18th Century Southern Democrats and, short of apologizing for their actions, he mostly endorses Rev Perryman's view of history. According to Rev. Perryman, "President Barack Obama is one of the only black elected officials and one of the only black leaders in modern-day history - who has openly discussed how badly Democrats have treated black voters."(3)
Keep an eye on this story. It is not over yet!
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