The racial grievance industry includes significant participation from taxpayer-funded entities. The politicized Obama-era federal bureaucracy is nowhere more blatant than in a little-known unit of the Justice Department, the Community Relations Service. Originally part of the Commerce Department, it was established by the 1964 Civil Rights Act and moved to the Justice Department by an LBJ order. It supposedly is:
… the only Federal component dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, conflicts, and civil disorders, with the intent of restoring racial stability and harmony.
In practice, it has operated as part of the racial grievance industry. Judicial Watchsucceeded more than a year ago in prying free documents that revealed how it helped agitate in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri:
… the DOJ produced documents showing taxpayers were billed $15,000 on travel to send eight CRS agents (including the CRS Director and Deputy Director) to Ferguson between August 10 and September 3. The new documents show:
- The CRS had at least two “Conciliation Specialists,” Darryck Dean and Rita Valenciano, on the ground in Ferguson by the day after the shooting. (In 2007, Ms. Valenciano, who was then an advocate for illegal alien rights, helped lead an effort to remove Frances Semler from a Kansas City parks board because of Semler’s views against illegal immigration. Ms. Semler ultimately resigned.)
On August 29, Dean and Valenciano moderated a “community meeting” with the NAACP that, according to St. Louis Public Radio, “also served as platform to discuss the importance of voting in affecting change.”
- CRS went to Ferguson – within 24 hours of the incident – at the request of the NAACP. According to a Valenciano travel voucher, “The NAACP requested CRS assistance by email and phone”: