From the case of the Shaun Walker Trio, we've already seen how people who are actual members of pro-white organizations can lose their liberty as a result of such affiliations.
However, even ordinary citizens who are not members of such organizations can face sanctions if they express views critical of Jews, blacks, and other politically-protected groups.
Even if they use civil language.
Even if they only question a group's behavior rather than its existence.
And particularly if they're police officers or work in other jobs funded on the public dime.
Yesterday (August 28th, 2007), a political fuse was lit when WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus revealed that a 15-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department has been a "co-star", along with her sister, in at least three YouTube videos which are critical of certain forms of misbehavior by Jews and blacks. While an analysis of the video clearly shows that they were merely identifying bad behavior and they specifically stated that not all Jews or all blacks were equally responsible, the mere fact that they criticized two politically-protected groups has triggered the criticism. The ladies even have their own website, http://www.thepatriotdames.com/. The Vanguard News Network, the Columbus Dispatch and MSNBC have since picked up on the story.
Today, the mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman (pictured above left), officially got involved. He issued the following statement:
Text of Mayor Coleman's letter today calling for formal investigation of Police Officer Susan L. Purtee.
August 28, 2007
Today, I viewed the internet video clips of Columbus Police Officer Susan L. Purtee, and instruct the Department of Public Safety and Division of Police to engage in an immediate disciplinary investigation. I am personally offended by her racist and anti-Semitic comments, and I believe our citizens should be equally offended. As Mayor, I am highly concerned that this unacceptable conduct will reflect negatively on the entire Division and the City of Columbus. Clearly, Officer Purtee is not representative of our Division’s many great Officers. While we respect the right of free speech, we also demand that every Officer meets the highest standard of conduct on and off the job. In my opinion, Officer Purtee’s conduct falls far below this City’s expectations.
Few positions in American society entail and demand more implicit trust and respect than serving the public as a Police Officer. The Columbus Division of Police is among the nation’s best, and each officer takes an oath to protect the lives and rights of all citizens. In recent years, the City and Division worked hard to address Department of Justice and citizen complaints of discrimination, by implementing new diversity training, higher standards, video cameras in patrol cars, increased minority recruiting, and other initiatives to increase accountability and sensitivity of Officers interacting with residents. These actions and strong neighborhood policing efforts with Community Liaison Officers have helped rebuild bridges of trust with our city’s many diverse residents, and the conduct of Officer Purtee threatens that progress.
Our Division is held to a high standard, based on a long history of excellence, service and respect. After viewing the video, I ask that you review whether this behavior represents conduct unbecoming an Officer pursuant to Police directives. Officer Purtee’s conduct should not tarnish the badge of every one of our more than 1,800 Officers if not dealt with immediately.
Michael B. Coleman
Note that while Michael Coleman is black, Susan Purtee is white, and has publicly criticized black behavior. Will the black mayor limit himself to seeking justice, or yield to baser instincts to exact venegeance? Those who are concerned about the latter possibility are encouraged to express those concerns to the Mayor's office directly at email@example.com.
We can only imagine how the grandstanding Salt Lake Mayor Rocky "I Never Met A Camera I Didn't Like" Anderson would react to a similar situation in Salt Lake. He'd probably conduct a Soviet-style purge of the entire Salt Lake Police Department.
Voice of Deseret not only is an avid supporter and practitioner of the First Amendment, but also believes that, despite the flawed judgment rendered by the jury in the Shaun Walker trial, most Utahns are still smart and fair-minded enough to evaluate these videos strictly on the basis of absolute merit without donning the Orwellian rose-colored glasses of political correctness. Consequently, I have cross-posted two of the YouTube videos here:
Here's the first video, about the Jews:
While she criticizes certain aspects of Jewish behavior, she doesn't question the right of Jews to exist. And at no time does she use any racial slurs. Class act.
Now here's the second video, about the blacks:
Once again, the issue was behavior rather than existence. The ladies clearly were taking issue with black misbehavior rather than the existence of the black race. And at no time does she use any racial slurs. Most of what they said was actually echoed in the most current column by conservative black columnist Walter Williams, published in yesterday's Anchorage Voice of the Times.
One of the sticking points in this case is that a police officer is NOT an ordinary citizen. A cop occupies a SWORN position of public trust. Consequently, to maintain and promote public confidence in the impartiality of police officers, a cop cannot merely "comply" with public expectations, but must EXEMPLIFY that compliance. To let Susan Purtee completely off the hook would ignore this distinction and issue minority agitators like JE$$E JACK$ON and AL $HARPTON an engraved invitation to turn Columbus into a media circus.
On the flip side, Susan Purtee was involuntarily outed, she used NO racial or ethnic slurs, she criticized minority behavior rather than questioned minority existence, and, most importantly, did not reveal her law enforcement ties in the videos. She also has no history of pro-white political activity and is not a member of any pro-white advocacy groups (like the National Alliance, for example). The solution MUST balance BOTH concerns. This clearly does not rise to a level requiring her termination from the force. She clearly does NOT deserve to share the fate of former Nebraska State Trooper Robert Henderson.
In the long run, I don't believe she'll be terminated. But she probably will be suspended without pay for a short time (30 days?), required to publicly apologize, and transferred to a position requiring minimal public contact (the "rubber-gun" squad?). This merely reflects the reality of the situation rather than my own preferences; if I had my druthers, I'd give her a medal for honesty.