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LaRouche Blasts Obama's
Revival of `Jim Crow'

July 23, 2010 (EIRNS)—In a statement released by his political action committee today, U.S. statesman Lyndon LaRouche blasted the Obama Administration's revival of 'Jim Crow' racism, as reflected in its outrageous treatment of leading African-Americans Shirley Sherrod, and Rep. Charlie Rangel.

"Not since Woodrow Wilson embraced the Ku Klux Klan and reinstituted segregation throughout the Federal Government, has a U.S. President been so blatant in his racism," LaRouche declared.

"Between the White House-ordered firing of Shirley Sherrod and the move to oust Charles Rangel from the U.S. House of Representatives, it is getting more and more obvious that President Obama intends to exert dictatorial control over the African-American vote, and that the only African-Americans he wishes to see in the United States Congress and in other important elected positions are Uncle Toms who will bow to his every command. Those who refuse to go along with President Obama are targeted for attack. This is as wild a Jim Crow binge as I have ever seen."

The firing of Department of Agriculture official Sherrod, without so much as a hearing on the charges leveled against her in distorted news reports, also drew the ire of leading civil rights officials, who noted that she is the wife of Charles Sherrod, a civil rights leader who fought to integrate the movement, and remains a leading civil rights activist to this day.

LaRouche further cited the Pelosi-led and Obama-endorsed assault on Cong. Rangel, as yet another example of the Obama White House targeting of African-American elected officials who don't toe the Obama line.

"Congressman Rangel is one of the last of the FDR Democrats in the House, and that is something that the President cannot tolerate. I have been informed, by reliable sources in Washington, that Speaker Pelosi is working, behind Cong. Rangel's back, to divide the Congressional Black Caucus and force them to betray their colleague, to stay in the good graces of the Obama White House. This, I find disgusting."

LaRouche also noted that, during the 2008 Presidential primaries and in the November general elections, the Obama campaign was accused of voter intimidation, particularly targeting African-Americans, thought to be voting for rival candidates.

"This is yet another example of Jim Crow at its worst. Deploying hooligans to threaten and intimidate African-Americans, particularly the elderly, is a throwback to the worst from the Deep South. Weren't these practices outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965? Perhaps someone should send Mr. Obama back to law school for a refresher course."