Fox News Race Baits Thomas Perez Nomination

President Obama has nominated Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general who was appointed to the Justice Department’s civil rights division in 2009, as the next Secretary of Labor. And if the Secretary of Labor is to play a prominent role in shaping immigration reform, it would seem like a logical choice.

Fox News has a somewhat different take

Megyn Kelly is very concerned about Perez’s connection to the New Black Panthers because he opined that the facts didn’t support the case against the party.

If you’re curious about the lawyer cited by Kelly, J. Christian Adams, to cast doubt on Perez’s integrity, let’s take a trip in the way-back machine via TPM

Adams was hired to the Civil Rights Division in 2005 by Bradley Schlozman, the Bush appointee who, as acting head of the division in 2006, was found to have violated rules against politicized hiring, then lied to Congress about it.

Adams is also a former volunteer with the right-wing National Republican Lawyers Association, which has criticized the Obama Justice Department for dropping the New Black Panther case.

And in 2004, as a Bush campaign poll watcher in Florida, Adams publicly criticized a black couple that refused to accept a provisional ballot, after election officials said they had no record of the couple’s change of address forms, Bloomberg reported.

Because Thomas Perez did not agree with Adams’ obviously political-motivated assessment of the case, Adams resigned and resorted to slander. Of course that makes him a reliable source in the eyes of an organization (Fox) that poses race-baiting speculation as news.

Ooga booga! Scary black men!


It will be increasingly difficult for the Republicans to rebrand themselves as tolerant and decidedly not-racist if their primary spokespersons continue to use race as a wedge issue. Because nothing says outreach like turning minorities into perpetual boogeymen to be trotted out any time you need an excuse to oppose the president’s latest nomination.

(H/T Media Matters)

  • Victor_the_Crab

    The New Black Panthers are nothing more than a comedy act, like the Three Stooges or Laurel and Hardy. Only Fox News idjuts like Megyn Kelly seem bent on making them a serious scary threat.

  • muselet

    Oh joy, we’re going to hear about those two twits from the New Black Panther Party for another four years.


  • D_C_Wilson

    ZOMG! Scary black men holding the door open for elderly white women! ACORN!

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    And THIS is what some GOP sista said today.


    RNC Committeewoman Dr. Ada Fisher, the first and only
    African-American female to be elected to the body, came up from North
    Carolina to support Priebus at today’s event. She contended in an
    interview with NBC that President Obama largely won such a high
    percentage of American-American voters by making a campaign promise to
    “go give people stuff we can’t afford.”

    “What we’re doing now is coming out of the shadows,” Fisher said.
    “Just because you’re fiscally conservative doesn’t mean you’re racist
    and mean.”

    That token money must be rapturously exorbitant for her to say that shit with this out there.