Thursday, December 16, 2010

While Eric Holder's Justice Department has rightfully taken flak for their 'see no evil, do nothing' approach to voting rights, they should also get kudos for coming to the aid of Asian students who were harassed and physically assaulted by black students in a Philadelphia High School last year.

On the other hand, the Justice Department was somewhat late to the party, following on the heels of action taken by the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission. And the Justice Department couldn't seem to force itself to do anything stronger than require the Philadelphia school system to "develop a plan for preventing bullying... conduct training to increase multicultural awareness... and maintain records of harassment", no federal civil rights charges of any kind - civil or criminal - were filed against the perpetrators of the attacks.

But at least they did something.