Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio called on President Barack Obama to release the microfiche of his birth certificate in order to quiet claims that the White House doctored the long form birth certificate the President released in 2011 and the short form released during his 2008 election run. Arapaio is also set to release the results of an extensive probe into President Obama’s origins by a special “Cold Posse” of five law enforcement officials he has put together and he hinted that some of the results will be shocking to Americans.
Meanwhile, Alaska resident Gordon Warren Epperly of Juneau, Alaska has filed a complaint with the Alaska Division of Elections arguing that as a “Mulatto” or a person of mixed race, President Obama and by extension all African-Americans of any form of mixed race are not natural born citizens of the United States, and as such, the President is not Constitutionally eligible to be on the ballot in Alaska or presumably any other state in 2012.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch, the challenge is similar to one filed in Georgia on the basis of the fact that the 14th Amendment grant of citizenship status to blacks did not grant them the same legal rights as whites. White people, this argument goes, retain a special sovereignty that permits them to have superior citizenship status to blacks, and that they can withdraw from the United States at any time they wish to shield themselves from a tyrannical Federal Government.
Other Birthers also lay claim to the idea that Mulattos are not covered under the 14th Amendment and so are not “natural born citizens” of the United States. Federal office holders must have parents who were themselves born in the United States. Since Barack Obama’s father was not, he is ineligible to be President.
It is expected investigations will also be launched into the Presidencies of both Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson as their parents were not all born in the United States making them ineligible for the Presidency and negating all they did.
It would appear that the reluctance of the Birther Movement to pursue these other Presidents legitimacy to govern marks them out as hypocrites and suggests that they may be targeting people of color. The Neo-Confederate League of the South accepts many of these ideas according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many white hate groups have adopted the notion that the that Constitutional Amendments enacted during Reconstruction in the wake of the American Civil War were and are invalid because the former Confederate States were coerced into accepting them as a condition of a return to the United States.
This newfound life for the Birther Movement is likely to take center stage in the coming months. Sheriff Arapio is convinced that if the White House releases the microfiche of Hawaiian State Birth Records the matter might be laid to rest. Struggles for Justice does not think it will. Birthers will then find some other hurdle for the Obama Administration to clear, and then still another.
With the current ultra-conservative makeup of the Roberts U.S. Supreme Court these challenges may find a sympathetic hearing should they reach the High Court. This has tremendous implications for the future status of all people who are not white Anglo-Saxons who themselves or their parents were not born in the United States. Their status would be reduced to that of a second class of citizens or not citizens at all. And, in the opinion of some legal experts, the Dred Scott Decision of 6 March 1857, declaring that blacks were not citizens of the United States and had no rights might be reinstated. That decision also would permit slavery to re-appear in the territories out of which the Western states were carved.
Struggles for Justice strongly suspects motivations of racial prejudice and some very faulty legal scholarship for both of these new Birther challenges. Even the editor of Struggles for Justice is of mixed race and would be thus excluded from running for any Federal Office.
Epperly’s complaint says “the purported ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment and that the ‘race of Negro or Mulatto’ had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the Constitution.”
Struggles for Justice strongly condemns these initiatives as an injustice to a large body of the American public. And we call upon Sheriff Arapaio and all his five member posse to release the microfiche of their long-form birth certificates to authenticate their citizenship status before questioning that of President Obama. Dr. Thomas Martin Sobottke is proud of his mixed race status. No American should have his or her citizenship questioned due to their racial origins. In fact, the American Anthropological Association has found and declared that race is not a proper designation for human beings as the genetic differentiation is so small. The dictates of a common humanity and racial brotherhood and sisterhood demand these hateful acts be condemned both morally, pollitcally, and Constitutionally.
We’ve known all along that the Birther Movement was racially motivated. And it remains so. We believe that Sheriff Arapaio does not have jurisdiction in this case and must file a complaint like that of Mr. Epperly in Alaska. He is a law enforcement official of one county of the State of Arizona. Such an investigation is more properly lodged with either the Arizona State Attorney General’s Office or the U.S. Department of Justice. Of course there, Eric Holder, a black man heads that government department.
It is expected that Donald Trump might enter the fray at any moment. Arapaio’s Cold Case Posse was joined at a Tea Party meeting in Arizona this past week by Orly Taitz, a prominent leader of the Birther movement. It is believed Ms. Taitz is of the Jewish race and so she too should release the long form and microfiche of her birth certificate as well. We also call upon Republican Presidential Candidates Romney, Santorum, Paul and Gingrich to denounce these new initiatives or to release their long form birth certificates in the original and in microfiche.
The racist overtones to the entire opposition to the Obama Presidency has never been more evident.