From The Department Of There Is No Racism....

Not that I think the Secret Service is racist, but...

Secret Service supervisors shared crude sexual jokes and engaged in racially derogatory banter about blacks, and passed around an anecdote about a possible assassination of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, according to internal e-mail disclosed in a federal court filing on Friday by lawyers for black Secret Service agents.

The filing includes 10 e-mail messages that were among documents the agency recently turned over to lawyers for the black agents as part of an increasingly bitter discrimination lawsuit. The messages were written mainly from 2003 through 2005, and were sent to and from e-mail accounts of at least 20 Secret Service supervisors.

For the record, they had to search through 20 million electronic documents over 16 years. I think if you had searched all my e-mail over the past year you could turn up some gems. <Ahem> But what interests me most is the joking about the death of Jesse Jackson and his wife. I have my beefs with Jesse, but I've never quite understood why he engenders so much hate in certain quarters of white America. Admittedly, this is from a biased black perspective, but most of the people that irk me at least have some sort of power to influence something. When I hear Rev. Hagee blaming Katrina on the gays, it bothers me because we know that nuts like him have the ears of the highest levels of American government and thus can influence policy. Were he just some dude ranting, I really could care less.

When I had cable I used to love the A&E documentaries on the KKK--I found their "Kill the blacks and the Jews first" quite humorous, mostly because I knew it was basically the rantings of pathetic powerless people. It's not like those guys are influencing anything in my life. (Were this 1963, I would probably feel different.) Likewise, what is Jesse really doing to white people? What has he ever done to white people besides get them a day off from work? Again, I'm not saying Jesse isn't problematic and slippery. But really folks...