The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, told a group of lawyers in Colorado slavery and Jim Crow are responsible for the violence and property damage in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Gupta said police have historically played a role “in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation” and said this legacy is partially responsible for the “negative interactions that individuals — or their family members, friends, or neighbors — have had with law enforcement.”

Instead of blaming lawlessness and criminal activity for the looting, arson and violence in Ferguson and Baltimore, Obama’s DOJ believes “criminal justice policies over the last few decades” and “economic exploitation of the poor” are responsible.

“When people make choices to do evil, they cannot blame attenuated events which happened decades or centuries earlier,” writes J. Christian Adams. “When Michael Brown charged a cop, when racialist anarchists set Baltimore on fire, they chose violence and evil then and there. The past was unrelated to that exercise of free will.”

“The riots in Baltimore and Ferguson are related to slavery and lynchings as much as the Waco biker bloodbath is the fault of the Rolling Stones hiring the Hells Angels at Altamont.”


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