Civil Rights Racism

Kobach: It’s Possible Obama Will Make Black People Immune to Prosecution

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Is it possible that the Obama administration will arbitrarily decide that black people should be immune from prosecution?

No, obviously not, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach seems to think so.

After a caller told Kobach on his radio show that black people are "not going to be prosecuted, regardless of the crime," Kobach agreed that it has sort of, kind of, maybe already happened except not really.

Holder, Kobach agreed, “basically made it clear….that the civil rights laws were only to protect minority races, and he was not going to be enforcing them to the benefit of white people who were discriminated against on the basis of their race. So, that’s basically what you’ve described.

So the word is going to come down that there just won’t be any prosecutions of black criminals,” [caller] Stu predicted. “And I can see it happening. I don’t think I’m nuts for envisioning it.”

Well, it’s already happened more or less in the case of civil rights laws,” Kobach responded. “So I guess it’s not a huge jump, I think it’s unlikely, but you know I’ve learned to say with this president, never say never.”

Given that we all know the Civil Rights Act was not passed to protect the oppressive majority (straight white men), I'll just marvel at the idea that the administration would or could declare that black people are immune "regardless of the crime."

You would be right to say that, as a secretary of state, Kris Kobach has a responsibility to explain that this is not actually possible and is not happening, at least not in his state, but instead he chose to say that it's already happening.

I can't even imagine how hilariously absurd this notion must be to black people across the country who are subjected to the kind of discrimination and brutal policing unveiled by the Department of Justice in Ferguson this week.

There are people in this country (mostly white people) who live in a right wing fantasy land where up is down, left is right, and white people are an oppressed minority. There are people who actually believe this shit. Legions of them. They occupy an alternate universe where The Rock Obama has torn the Constitution to pieces and suspended the rule of law.

The Rock

If white people do become an oppressed minority sometimes in the late 2050s or 2060s, let it be known that we deserve it.

We can laugh at rubes who call into hate radio shows, but it's an all too real possibility that elected officials who legitimize these delusions could incite hate crimes.

As you may recall, Kris Kobach has been described as the father of "Papers Please" anti-immigration law. You could say he's something of an expert on violating civil rights.

(via RightWingWatch)

  • Christopher Foxx

    There are people in this country (mostly white people) who live in a right wing fantasy land where up is down, left is right, and white people are an oppressed minority. There are people who actually believe this shit. Legions of them. They occupy an alternate universe

    If only that last part were true.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    On a related note, my latest DK diary….

    • Christopher Foxx

      I’m not asking whether you think Ben Carson’s performance is real or whether it’s an act; I set up a poll for that.

      I’m thinking it’s a bit of both. And that the same is true for most of the “obviously out-of-touch-with-reality” members of the CEC™. I think they started out as fully knowing that everything they said is complete bullshit and, from having said it so much and spending so much time having it reinforced by the yokels they’re pandering to, start to believe it.

      Several/many years ago I heard an interview with Limbaugh where he said “My job is to get the biggest audience I can and to hold them for as long as possible.” And while he didn’t say so, it was clear the method he found successful for doing that was playing the role of deep conservative.

      Does that mean Limbaugh (or Sean Hannity or Michelle Malkin or…) are actually liberals at heart? Of course not. But their is a self-aware wingnut frosting covering their core racist, conservative beliefs.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Nobody’s really answered my question, though. Why would a “liberal” call bullshit on my saying that some particular wingnut doesn’t really believe his own bullshit? Why would a “liberal” pick that statement and yell, “Prove it!!”

        • Christopher Foxx

          I don’t know. Why obsess over that petty behavior by folks whose opinions are clearly not worth caring about?

          • GrafZeppelin127

            Just trying to understand it, is all.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Just trying to understand it, is all.

            Yeah, I actually do get that. I encounter folks all the time who seem to get indignant for the sake of being indignant. It’s frustrating. And sometimes I feel feisty or bored (or masochistic) and engage, trying to find out why they do that. But it really isn’t worth the time to ponder it.

    • D_C_Wilson

      I’ve often wondered how many wingnuts in the CECTM actually believe even half of what they spout. But I’ve come to think that it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a market for their insanity.

      I think the scarier thought is not whether or not members of the CECTM are putting on an act. It’s the fact that there are millions of Americans who swallow the act and believe it as gospel. So, whatever the members of the CECTM believe about their own bullshit, they are definitely filling niche in the market.

      And doing irreparable damage to our political discourse in the process.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        But, what about the concern trolling from “liberals” of all people, that there’s something wrong with my saying or insisting that it’s an act without “definitive” “concrete” “proof”? What’s that about?

        Why is that something that “liberals” would “call bullshit” on and demand “proof” of?

        Why would a “liberal” break my balls over saying something like that when it’s an opinion, deduction or assessment and not a concrete, indisputable, verifiable “fact”?

      • D_C_Wilson

        Goddamnit! How do you make super scripts on Disqus?

        • GrafZeppelin127

          For the ™ symbol, use Alt-0153.

          • D_C_Wilson


  • captkurt

    Sure, you could cite statistics on higher rates of arrest, incarceration, wounding and killing of blacks by law enforcement. But the good residents of Wingnutia know in their hearts that these are all lies. Any statistic that does not conform to their world view must be a lie.

    • Zen Diesel

      It’s due to the lack of personal responsibility amongst black folks that causes the law enforcement to arrest, incarcerate, wound and on occasion kill Black Folks…../snark

  • Emily333

    Well OF COURSE blacks will be immune from prosecution no matter what the crime. What did you think was the POINT of having a black president? They’re also going to systematically take money and property away from whites and give it all to blacks. Oh yeah, and your guns. They’re giving those to the blacks,too.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Colbert couldn’t have said it better.

    • Hemidemisemiquaver


  • i_a_c

    So the word is going to come down that Kris Kobach is a shape-shifting reptilian. I guess it’s not a huge jump, I think it’s unlikely, but you know I’ve learned to say with Kobach, never say never.