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Judge Suspended For Wearing Blackface To Party
nbc4.tv ^ | December 14, 2004 | nbc4

Posted on 12/15/2004 9:00:26 AM PST by crushelits

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.

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."


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1 posted on 12/15/2004 9:00:28 AM PST by crushelits
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To: crushelits
Still, they ordered him to take a sociology course to get "a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."

Racial sensitivity training: the American Left's answer to the old Soviet "re-education" centers.

Why we put up with this Leftist tyranny is beyond me.

2 posted on 12/15/2004 9:02:37 AM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: crushelits
...meanwhile, Al Sharpton enjoys record levels of validation from the media, democRATS and gullible Republicans.
3 posted on 12/15/2004 9:03:22 AM PST by lormand (Yankee Go Home!...but please take me with you)
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To: crushelits

What a dumb#@@! And this guy is a judge? How someone with such a lack of common sense got elected to the bench is frightening. Glad he lost his money - damn lucky he's not losing his job.


4 posted on 12/15/2004 9:04:21 AM PST by fromunda
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To: fromunda
What a dumb#@@! And this guy is a judge?

He might indeed be a dumb#@@, but it ought to bother you that anybody would be fined $50k for wearing a costume to a party.

5 posted on 12/15/2004 9:07:53 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave
He might indeed be a dumb#@@, but it ought to bother you that anybody would be fined $50k for wearing a costume to a party.

He loses $50K of taxable income for his six month suspension.

6 posted on 12/15/2004 9:11:21 AM PST by decimon
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To: Uncledave

No, not at all. As a matter of judicial ethics, he has a responsibility to make sure that there is no reason for the public to challenge his impartiality, lack of prejudice and/or bias - this is the oath one takes when one becomes a judge. His appalling lack of judgment evidences a callousness towards this obligation and towards his ethical responsibility as a judge - a fine, imposed by the Supreme Court of the state, is the least of this guy's worries - he's lucky the judicial tenure commission didn't toss him from the bench. I repeat what a dumb#@@!


7 posted on 12/15/2004 9:11:41 AM PST by fromunda
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To: crushelits
Hmmm . . . no mention of his political affiliation at all.

That's interesting.

8 posted on 12/15/2004 9:13:57 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: crushelits
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."

The guy's an imbecile. But there is no way I will ever submit to undergoing a government re-education...a bit too Kremlinesque to me.

9 posted on 12/15/2004 9:14:29 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: atomicpossum

Every single lawyer in this country goes through a character and fitness examination at some point in their bar admission - this "sensitivity" training falls right in line with the fact that you don't have obvious personal characteristics and history that would make you a poor representative of the bar.

Not too Kremlinesque - he is in a position of public trust -hypothetically, if you are a black man going in front of this judge on the Monday after the Saturday night party at which he and his wife went to a costume party as a police officer and an arrested black man or suspect, wouldn't you have cause to pause? This is the worst kind of racism and he should be tossed. He's not worthy of the robe.


10 posted on 12/15/2004 9:20:13 AM PST by fromunda
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To: wideawake

He is a Republican judge from Houma, Louisiana. He is not up for re-election again until 2008.

http://www.sec.state.la.us/cgibin?rqstyp=comh1&rqsdta=21011162


11 posted on 12/15/2004 9:20:26 AM PST by Sharkfish
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To: crushelits

dat makes a whole lotta sense...lemme splains it to to ya...can ya spells it out for me?......


12 posted on 12/15/2004 9:24:14 AM PST by isom35
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To: Sharkfish

Boot his ass out of the party. Pronto.


13 posted on 12/15/2004 9:24:29 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: crushelits

Ah, another case of DoublePlus UnGood ContraRace ThoughtCrime. I can't wait until this afternoon's two minute hate session so that I can express my true feelings about this, Comrade Crushelits.


14 posted on 12/15/2004 9:25:56 AM PST by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Sharkfish

Do you know his relationship to the former Senator Allen J Ellender from Terrebonne parish?..... if any? Just curious and couldn't find anything in the bio.


15 posted on 12/15/2004 9:27:46 AM PST by deport
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To: All
WATCH THE VIDEO...
16 posted on 12/15/2004 9:28:53 AM PST by crushelits
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To: crushelits

For the first time in a long time, I agree with the NAACP.


17 posted on 12/15/2004 9:34:02 AM PST by fromunda
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To: crushelits

Since the article didn't mention the Judge's party affiliation, I take it that he must be a Rat.


18 posted on 12/15/2004 9:36:21 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: wideawake
Boot his ass out of the party. For being stupid?
19 posted on 12/15/2004 9:39:44 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: crushelits
From the video:
For twenty years his record has been unblemished. Now he's suspended without pay and has to undergo "diversity training".
20 posted on 12/15/2004 9:43:16 AM PST by Jaysun (I'm pleased to report that Arafat's condition remains stable.)
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To: crushelits
Oops, sorry, I must of took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ended up at DU, with its "RACISM" obsession. There was a book out recently about the history of minstrelsy that is a recommended reading to the dumbass, uneducated comment makers.


21 posted on 12/15/2004 9:43:47 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Uncledave
but it ought to bother you that anybody would be fined $50k for wearing a costume to a party.

NO!! He's a damned judge for god sakes!!! He should be tossed from the bench.

Imagine being a black individual and facing the judgement of this jackass.

22 posted on 12/15/2004 9:44:40 AM PST by zarf
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To: SF Republican

No, for being a racist son of a #*@&@! You think he all of a sudden just decided one night that it would be funny to go to a party in black face or has he in all likelihood been this prejudiced and insensitive for a long period of time - after all, he's just a good ol' boy from a parish in Louisiana. We don't need him in the party - what is the value added this racist brings to our party?


23 posted on 12/15/2004 9:45:41 AM PST by fromunda
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To: Jaysun

For twenty years, he's been sittin' on the bench with nobody payin' him no nevermind. I am a Southerner by birth and a Southerner by education - this racist crap still goes on and it needs to be stamped out when we see it.


24 posted on 12/15/2004 9:48:03 AM PST by fromunda
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To: Revolting cat!
There was a book out recently about the history of minstrelsy that is a recommended reading to the dumbass, uneducated comment makers.

Meaning what? That blackface isn't and wasn't a racist form of entertainment?

Granted, in it's original form the minstrelsy was indicative of the white man's never ending obsession and jealousy of the black man's culture, talent and sexuality (an freakish yet complimentary tip of the cap), but by today's standards - fuggedaboutit - it's racist pure and simple.

25 posted on 12/15/2004 9:49:56 AM PST by zarf
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To: Revolting cat!

You're scary and to think that you and I think alike on a lot of issues - frightening.


26 posted on 12/15/2004 9:50:20 AM PST by fromunda
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To: fromunda
This is the worst kind of racism and he should be tossed. He's not worthy of the robe.

Really? The worst kind of racism, eh?

And I thought lynching was bad.

27 posted on 12/15/2004 9:52:18 AM PST by cicero's_son
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To: dfwgator

"Since the article didn't mention the Judge's party affiliation, I take it that he must be a Rat."

And in this case you would be wrong.


28 posted on 12/15/2004 9:53:42 AM PST by Gone GF
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To: fromunda
I said I wouldn't.
29 posted on 12/15/2004 9:53:44 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: fromunda
But a "American-African" judge using this product daily is just peachy, ain't it? Just who's scary and who's scared of being accused of a crime worse than double murder (ask Mark Fuhrman) - RACISM?!


30 posted on 12/15/2004 9:55:08 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: cicero's_son

Racism is the subtle, seething mindset - not the act. Particularly, as a judge, if as a racist judge I sit in judgment of people of color, but don't call anyone names, make no overt statement of my beliefs, am I any less of a racist.


31 posted on 12/15/2004 9:55:11 AM PST by fromunda
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To: fromunda

bttt


32 posted on 12/15/2004 9:57:05 AM PST by cyborg (http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/flamelily.html)
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To: crushelits; TheBigB; Owl_Eagle
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.

Is the court saying that Judge Ellender should have changed into his costume upon arrival at the party, and not worn it as he travelled to it?

33 posted on 12/15/2004 9:57:36 AM PST by HenryLeeII (Democrats have killed more Americans than the Soviets and Nazis combined!)
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To: fromunda
I think he showed a serious lack of judgment. For that alone, he should probably consider another career.

But to say that the guy is guilty of "the worst kind of racism" because he came dressed as Buckwheat to a party seems a little histrionic to me.

34 posted on 12/15/2004 9:59:16 AM PST by cicero's_son
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To: Gone GF
And in this case you would be wrong.

I guess there's a first time for everything.

35 posted on 12/15/2004 10:00:35 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: fromunda
But you're condemning for the act, fromunda. How can we know the mindset without a betraying act?

Every human being has biases, be they racial, religious, political, personal, or what have you. The best judges, in my opinion, are the ones who are aware of those biases in themselves and are capable of setting them aside in the courtroom.

36 posted on 12/15/2004 10:01:15 AM PST by cicero's_son
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To: crushelits
That's just unbelievable! A moron, let alone a judge, should have the good sense to realize what a racist act that is. Forget the fine, take him off the bench. Obviously he has poor "judgment"!
37 posted on 12/15/2004 10:01:35 AM PST by ladiesview61
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To: Uncledave

He certainly is a dumb ass.....when you're in such a position all eyes and ears are on you 24/7. Yup I do agree with posts that said racial sensitivity courses are equivalent to commie reeducation camps etc etc but still that doesn't take away from a lapse in common sense as in this particular case.


38 posted on 12/15/2004 10:02:29 AM PST by brooklyn dave
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To: Gone GF

Of course the media conveniently forgets that Mel Carnahan did the exact same thing.


39 posted on 12/15/2004 10:02:41 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: cicero's_son

Every human being has biases, be they racial, religious, political, personal, or what have you. The best judges, in my opinion, are the ones who are aware of those biases in themselves and are capable of setting them aside in the courtroom.



From a dissenting opinion in the case:


In a dissenting opinion, Justice Jeffrey Victory found the court's decision to be excessive.

"A review of Judge Ellender's record on the bench turned up absolutely no evidence of racial bias in his decisions; in fact, the review showed that, if anything, he was more lenient toward African-American defendants," Victory wrote. "Nothing suggests that Judge Ellender abused his office in order to further his personal desires. Finally, Judge Ellender apologized for his actions both publicly and in private meetings with local leaders of the black community."

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1103007452127580.xml


40 posted on 12/15/2004 10:14:22 AM PST by deport
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To: crushelits
So let's get this straight, so the "RACIST" jusdge knows next Halloween:

He is allowed to come to the party dressed as a:

Pollack
Hindu (turban)
Indian (feathers in hair)
Scotsman
Japanese (Samurai)
Roumanian (Dracula)
Italian (Pope)
Liberace
Elvis
Mark Fuhrman

Please add to the list of politically approved Halloween costumes. And let's all join hands and sing Kumbaya!

41 posted on 12/15/2004 10:14:59 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: cicero's_son

That's exactly my point. Now that he has evidenced his mindset with the act - it's done, over - do we ignore it and say his racism is not a reason for concern? or do we continue to permit him to abuse the public trust because of his inability to comprehend a race-blind society? No, we toss him to the trash heap and tell him to settle out his racist tendencies with others in ways that won't any longer affect the public trust.

Do you think a judge that has the appalling lack of judgment such that he shows up at a costume party in blackface, with his wife as his arresting officer, has the capability of setting aside his biases when sitting in judgment of a black person? If you do, that's unreal. This guy didn't just wake up one morning and decide to be a racist - he is a racist likely from birth and as such should not be sitting on the bench.


42 posted on 12/15/2004 10:16:01 AM PST by fromunda
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To: crushelits
It could have been worse:


43 posted on 12/15/2004 10:18:29 AM PST by trickyricky
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To: fromunda
For twenty years, he's been sittin' on the bench with nobody payin' him no nevermind. I am a Southerner by birth and a Southerner by education - this racist crap still goes on and it needs to be stamped out when we see it.

I simply repeated what the video said. I wasn't attempting to make a judgment. I also live in the South and I think that racism will only end when groups such as the NAACP stop perpetuating it.
44 posted on 12/15/2004 10:19:54 AM PST by Jaysun (I'm pleased to report that Arafat's condition remains stable.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Unreal - you just don't get it. He's in a position of public trust - you sacrifice your right to be a bigot when you sit on the bench. That's it. Period. And, if he can't control his racist urges, then you sit his #@@ home!


45 posted on 12/15/2004 10:20:29 AM PST by fromunda
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To: fromunda
First of all, I am not sure that he "is" a racist. And if you were truthful, you would say the same thing. Nobody can know what is in this man's heart.

All we know is that in this racially divided society of ours, he exercised exceptionally poor judgment by showing up in a costume that was guaranteed to piss people off. Why would he do such a thing? Hatred? No--I doubt it. If anything, he may be guilty of excessive racial naivete--precisely the opposite of the virulent racism you accuse him of.

As for his being able to set aside whatever biases he may have--I have no idea. There is a post earlier in the thread in which one of the judges said that an investigation of his case history showed no signs of bias.

Personally, I think that every human being on the planet has biases--tribalism and suspicion of people who are different from us are built into our DNA.

46 posted on 12/15/2004 10:23:56 AM PST by cicero's_son
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To: cicero's_son

You're probably right - there probably is some genetic component to biases, etc. It's environmental as well.

But, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, guess what? It's probably a duck. He's a racist - whether he's a virulent racist or one who just exercises inopportune poor judgment, it doesn't matter. He's a racist and should be off the bench.

He lives in Louisiana and has served on the bench there for 20 years. Racial naivete? That's naive. It doesn't take a rocket scientist, let alone a judge, to figure out that showing up in blackface is racist.

This is res ipsa loquitor. He wouldn't have done this but for the fact that he's a racist - whether a Bobby Byrd Klan type or just a run of the mill, mock black people type - it's all racism.


47 posted on 12/15/2004 10:31:15 AM PST by fromunda
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To: lormand
...meanwhile, Al Sharpton enjoys record levels of validation from the media, democRATS and gullible Republicans repubuclicRats. [Not much diff I'm afraid, else we would not hear our Pres still entertaining his amnesty/open border program, and talking "security" out of the other side of his mouth.] Wouldn't want to do anything to insult the potential voters in the "big tent" now would we.
48 posted on 12/15/2004 10:35:57 AM PST by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: fromunda
Yeah, I don't want to be put in the position of having to defend him to vigorously. Personally, I don't care too much about this case one way or the other. I think he showed poor judgment, which is not in itself proof of racism.

Furthermore, the charge of "racism" in our society has become so toxic and so reflexive, that my tendency is to give just about anyone the benefit of the doubt.

49 posted on 12/15/2004 10:37:22 AM PST by cicero's_son
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To: All

Ya know...what if this guy had dressed up as a pirate...with earings..that would be a triple whammy for him. Not only would he be poking fun at criminal behavior but he would also be subconsciously making a comment on homosexual crossdressers..what with the big hoop earings and the frilly sleaves etc. This kind of insensitivity is the WORST kind of Prejudice. I mean what would happen if a gay pirate actually got brought before the court. He might be inclined to feel like he didnt get fair treatment knowing this man MOCKED his kind at a private halloween party. This kind of offensive thing must not be tollerated..not only should he lose his job but he should be drawn and quartered and a messeage to other potential Pirate mockers.

Furthermore, I move that since fromunda has mind xray beams that allow him to determine peoples actual conscious thoughts by reading free republic blips I move that we set up a Cabinet level post Job Fitness Inspector General. fromunda can be the Inspector General and we give him the powers to set up covert operations to evaluate people behaviors in their private homes etc. Any evidence of bias agains Hindu Chinese Midgets or other minority groups like the afforementioned gay pirates will be grounds for immediate dismissal from your job and the right to breath. We can have NO violations of the public trust in peoples private lives.

END OF STORY.


50 posted on 12/15/2004 10:49:45 AM PST by Prysson
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