Skip to comments.Judge Suspended For Wearing Blackface To Party
Posted on 12/14/2004 12:37:40 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana Supreme Court has given a judge a six-month suspension for wearing blackface makeup, handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit to a Halloween party.
Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans in Columbia Pictures' White Chicks - 2004
Judge Timothy Ellender will lose all of his pay during the suspension. That totals more than $50,000.
Ellender, who is white, said the costumes worn by him and his wife were meant as a joke. She dressed as a policewoman. And the party's host, Ellender's brother-in-law, was dressed as Buckwheat.
The justices agreed Ellender did not mean to insult blacks. Still, they ordered him to take a sociology course to get "a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."
Laws? We don't need no stinkin' laws. ;-)
Dunno ... It must be a copyright law. ;)
Judges dont have rights I guess.. My brother put on a trash bag and wrote White trash on it for Halloween, never found anyone at the party who was offended. But put on blackface or an Afro wig and you are a threat to every black ever born.
Hey, I know a judge in California who passed out t-shirts to his cronies with the slogan "Old Boys Club" and the cartoon of two guys scratching each other's backs. He never disclosed from the bench his close relationship with the recipients of the t-shirts. And, of course, he was never reprimanded. But, his buddies were rewarded with favorable judgments and, in turn, they raised money for his reelection.
,,, wasn't he celebrating diversity?
So why is Michael Jackson allowed to wear white-face? And more than a few other non-white entertainers have gone the route of plastic surgery and bleach jobs to look not just white but Hitler's ideal of Aryan?
"Mookin' pa nub"
Hypersensitivity: It's The Law.Because somewhere, someone just might wake up one day and choose to be offended by any one of your actions or words.
©2004 21st Century Liberals, P.C.
"So why is Michael Jackson allowed to wear white-face?"
Michael Jackson has rejected his race, his sex and his species.
It can't happen soon enough to suit me. I want mind control now!
Good grief! Ridiculous!
The law of politics
This judge any relation to former U.S. Senator Allen Ellender (D-LA)??
Anybody here offended, disturbed, inconvenienced, damaged or marginalized by the movie "White Chicks?"
I wasn't...until now.
Wasn't there a photo circulating around the net of Clinton in an afro wig a few years back? And it genuine, not Photoshopped.
December 13. 2004 6:29PM
Houma judge suspended for wearing blackface Halloween costume
By Seth Fox
HOUMA -- A white judge from Houma has been suspended for a year without pay for wearing blackface prison garb as a Halloween costume in 2003.
The state Supreme Court issued the reprimand today for state District Judge Timothy Ellender of Houma following a hearing that was held in October. The court deferred six months of the penalty, which means Ellender could return to the bench in six months provided he follow a stipulation that take a racial-sensitivity course at a local college.
A one-year suspension without pay had been recommended by the state Judiciary Commission, which commission investigates allegations of wrongdoing by lawyers and judges and recommends punishment.
The Supreme Court had several options. It could do nothing at all, publicly censure Ellender, impose the recommended suspension or remove him from the bench permanently.
The controversy began last fall when the Judiciary Commission received multiple complaints that Ellender, who is white, showed up to a private Halloween party dressed in a Terrebonne Parish prisoners uniform, handcuffs, black facepaint and a black Afro wig.
Ellender testified before the Judiciary Commission that he did not get the reaction he wanted from the costume when he showed up to the party without the black face paint. At the suggestion of his wifes cousin, who was dressed as the television character Buckwheat, Ellender and his wife put on black makeup. Ellenders wife dressed as a police officer for the party.
The judges actions sparked complaints from the Terrebonne branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. All of the parishs other district judges later went on record denouncing Ellenders actions.
Ellenders attorney testified before the Supreme Court that the black Afro had no racial overtones and that it was simply a clown wig Ellenders wife found in her closet.
Jerome Boykin, president of the local NAACP, said in October that Ellender has proven he is unfit to stand in judgment of others.
"Hopefully, theyll remove Judge Ellender from the bench," Boykin said at the time. "Thats what weve proposed since day one."
"And it genuine, not Photoshopped"
Oh, dear. It genuine? That should be "it be genuine," doncha know?
Geez! Next thing you know, folks will start thinking they are free to say whatever they want!
Unce....Tice...Fee Times a Mady.
"Unce, tice, fee tines a mady."
This judge any relation to former U.S. Senator Allen Ellender (D-LA)??
"Una Panoonah Banka-a-a-a-a!!"
One of the best SNL sketches of the time.
Excuse the heck out of me, but this is indeed outrageous behavior in a judge. They were quite right to suspend him. Ever hear of "judicial temperament?" This idiotic display suggests that Ellender hasn't got any. A judge dumb enough and tasteless enough to wear blackface and prison garb as a joke shouldn't be on the bench anyhow.
Right up there with "C-I-L-L my land..LORD!"
There should be no charging someone with an act that was not illegal at the time it was committed.
Now here is a case for the ACLU.
Read again....this has nothing to do with illegality.
He was not charged with any crime. He was found in violation of Judicial conduct rules, which were certainly in place before he wore his costume.
And yes, Judges do give up some of their rights to maintain the dignity of the Judiciary as a whole.
No one is saying it was illegal and he was not convicted of any crime. His employer is the state, his boss is the state supreme court and his boss said I don't like what you did and I'm fining you for it, which they absolutely have the power to do. I agree that they shouldn't be so sensitive and that what he did doesn't warrant losing 6 months pay, but I also don't agree with a lot of things my boss does. And while it is a sad statement on the PC climate of today, I can't believe the Judge was so out of it that he did not think he would be roasted in the press if this got out.
If they implement mind control, Democrats will have nothing to lose.
I don't know but it seems that a sitting judge putting on black face and a prison jump suit to go with it just might send a different message than your brother with his white trash gag, unless your brother is black and oh, say a DA.
I dont infer the Judge used good judgement,--no pun intended--but blacks have become overly sensitive to the point of ridiculousness.
It was not just Blacks complaining, it was everyone with common sense, including every other Judge in that Parish.
So he can learn to switch from Pimp 'n Ho to Cholo y Chika?
LOL, that's a good one.
Is that a man or a woman in the picture?
Are you really stupid enough to believe another Judge might have just laughed it off? They have to cover their own a$$es ,of course they laughed in private and condemned him in public.
You have a special gift, to know what it is men's hearts and to attribute specific feelings. You must be a good poker player too. I guess I'll just trust everything you say, cause you say so.
Unlike you, some people don't just cover their asses all the time, but do what is right. I'm sure that is a foriegn concept to you.