Institutional Corruption and Racism Are Alive in Delaware

Co-written By: Don Ayotte and Doug Beatty Cross-posted in redstate.com Myself and others from The Independent Party of Delaware attended an arbitration hearing on Tuesday May 28th at the Carvel Building in Wilmington. The meeting was held to arbitrate a grievance of dismissal in the case of Dr. Jahi Issa, an African American History Professor at Delaware State University. I expected a modicum of professionalism and courtesy but what we were all confronted with was one of the worst examples of institutional racism and corruption that I’ve ever personally witnessed. In the room for this ten and a half hour hearing were a large and diverse group of activists and supporters from as far as Atlanta Georgia and Philadelphia. Many local Delaware Black and White activists arrived to show support for what has become known as the “worst case of institutional corruption and racism,” that has happened lately in Delaware. The meeting had to be stopped several times to add many chairs for the supporters that continued to flow into the room. Among activists present supporting Dr. Issa were Pam Africa, Tony Riddick from North Carolina and local organizers lik DJRock Forrest and Phile Chionesu who organized the million woman march in 1997. The implications of this broad coalition of support for Dr. Issa should serve as a wake up call to many. A prima faciae case of conflict of interest, reared its ugly head at the hearing, with the selection of Washington DC attorney, Justin Keating Esq., who was originally employed by DSU’s, AAUP Union to represent Dr. Jahi Issa, and was his attorney for a short time, until it was discovered that he did not have credentials to practice law in Delaware. He was then hired by Union President, Dr. Steve Newton to represent the AAUP Union at the hearing, defending the union in an action against Dr. Issa. When confronted with this revelation the hearing Arbitrator, Charlie Long stated that it was not his concern and Dr. Issa would have to take it up at the appeal. This indicated that Mr. Long had already made his decision beforehand and the hearing was merely a legal technicality. Despite some philosophical difference with Dr. Steve Newton, we have to give him credit for being honest and admitting under oath that the DSU AAUP Board had hired Justin Keating as an attorney to represent Dr. Issa during a meeting where he was terminated from employment at DSU. Dr. Newton’s frank admission under oath may provide gounds for reversible error, if Dr. Issa’s complaint is not sustained. Mr. Long appeared to be in ill health and had the appearance of being exhumed from the grave for just this hearing. From time to time, during recesses, he lapsed into rants of his own self-importance speaking to Mr. Keating of how many hearings he had accomplished and wasn’t well liked by many people. Instead of speaking civily to Dr. Issa, he shouted, berating him for having subpoenaed Gov Markell. Markell is on the board of DSU, and there were some indications of governmental influence involved with the dismissal of Dr. Issa. Mr. Long bragged about his friendship with Governor Markell during some recesses. Former DSU Tenured Professor of Physical Chemistry, Dr. H. Preston Hayward who founded the graduate program at DSU in Chemistry testified that after 28 years of teaching at DSU, he was fired,without just cause and without arbitration. He further testified that, DSU is currently on a schedule to, “get rid of all black males from the teaching staff.” Dr. Haywood also stated, he was asked to changed the grades on students to increase the graduation rate; when he wouldn’t do it, the grades were changed by the administration. To avoid rebuttal by attorney Justin Keating, Mr. Long told Mr. Keating that Haywood’s testimony would be given no consideration.

18 thoughts on “Institutional Corruption and Racism Are Alive in Delaware”

  1. anonymous
    Closing briefs will be filed by both sides, then Mr. Long will give his decision.

  2. Thanks for the comment Wolf. It seems that people tend to shy away from commenting on issues on corruption or racism. In the post we deal with both issues that deal with a flagrant disregard for the law and equal rights.
    People are scared; it is as if the Jim Crow laws of the south have been resurrected and firmly reestablished in Delaware and are being practiced in the Carvel building, presumably exactly where justice should be distributed from.

  3. (In March of 2012, Dr. Issa was tackled to the ground and arrested on false charges and subsequently dismissed for no apparent reason other than chatting with students who were gathered for a campus protest of some sort according to a cell phone video).

    From what I’ve read and the video I watched, Issa doesn’t look like he was “tackled” he seems to drop to the ground unassisted and the jury is still out on whether he was “falsely” arrested and “dismissed for no apparent reason.” He wasn’t really “chatting with students” either, he helped organize them and spoke to the ACLU before the protest to make sure it was legal, and from what I can tell, the ACLU misread the rules/laws and gave him bad information, then dropped him like a hot potato when he was arrested and fired.

    Messing with the facts doesn’t help Dr. Issa, it will just make his opponents dig in. If you want to help him, reach into your pocket and help him pay for his defense.

  4. Don people aren’t commenting on this because they watched you, Doug and Wolf attack and threaten anyone who questioned the last story about the Dr.

    People don’t like being attacked and threatened for speaking their mind, just ask Dr. Issa.

  5. anonymous

    Nobody threatened anybody on this site. Personal threats are not allowed. your comment is false.
    Nobody has been deleted and I have not been personally attacked since Frank Knotts left the site. Good riddance.
    Everybody is allowed to disagree with posts or comments and that’s what a blog is all about. This post is very straightforward because these are all details of the actual arbitration as it happened by both of us that wrote it.
    I believe that you are just not comfortable with commenting on racism and that’s OK, some people aren’t!!

  6. “it is as if the Jim Crow laws of the south have been resurrected and firmly reestablished in Delaware”

    …because one guy got fired and is upset about it. Yeah, sure.

  7. Don, what’s the IPoD’s stance on the recent legislation that would restore the voting rights of felons?

  8. As you know The Independent Party of Delaware doesn’t dictate what their members believe or don’t believe. I believe that if a convicted felon is finished paying their debt to society, including paying their fines and serving their probation or parole, they should be allowed to vote.

  9. Nitpicker, if you think this is about one guy and one case please change your name to Nitwit 😉

    African Americans are about 23 percent of Delaware’s population and around 70 percent of the inmate population. Check out the ACLU U of D study on that a few years back.

    Or continue to use strawman logical fallacies and look like a Nitwit 😀 your choice.

  10. Our good friend Wolfgang hasn’t been as involved as some of us with this case. That’s his recollection and I would differ with him on several points. I don’t think the ACLU gave Dr. Issa bad advice.

    To be clear @ anonymous, you’re not much more accurate than the Wolfgangster. The ACLU originally was defending Dr. Issa after he was arrested. We can only speculate as to the reason that the ACLU appointed attorney resigned, unless he wants to come on here and clarify that.

  11. anonymous Doug

    Everyone had a little different level of involvement in this DSU incident concerning Dr. Issa and the African American History studies program. I think Dr. Hayward was the most credible witness at the arbitration hearing when he testified, the staff at DSU in on a schedule to, “get rid of all black males from the teaching staff.”

    The truth is that DSU hired Dr. Jahi Issa to teach History in the area of Black Studies and then wanted to him to “dumb down” the course according to their agenda.
    The problem with many American Universities is, they don’t want the truth being taught, if it offends them.

  12. “African Americans are about 23 percent of Delaware’s population….”

    So what, Doug? What “Jim Crow laws of the south have been resurrected and firmly reestablished in Delaware”?

    “Dr. Hayward was the most credible witness at the arbitration hearing when he testified, the staff at DSU in on a schedule to, ‘get rid of all black males from the teaching staff.'”

    And what makes his say-so on a statement subject to objective factual verification “credible”? Has DSU gotten rid of all black males from the teaching staff? Where is this “schedule”?

    The only thing that makes that statement “credible” is your willingness to believe it, since it is backed up by no evidence whatsoever.

  13. Pitlicker

    ” Has DSU gotten rid of all black males from the teaching staff? Where is this “schedule”? The only thing that makes that statement “credible” is your willingness to believe it, since it is backed up by no evidence whatsoever.”

    The only thing that make this witness not credible is you willingness to not believe him. I found him very credible and honest and that’s more than I can say for you Pitlicker.
    No, they haven’t yet gotten rid of all black males from teaching postitions at DSU yet, and they might keep a few around, you know, “Token Blacks,” that know their place!!!

  14. Delaware is a society of long-held traditions, many Delawareans keep telling us. They keep telling us that outsiders won’t understand and only those whose families have lived in Delaware since before the Civil War are real Delawareans.

    Why do they keep focusing on traditions in Delaware going back before the Civil War?

    Democrat Joe Biden reminds us that Delaware was a slave State.

    Delaware’s Democrat US Senator was a leader fighting against Emancipation for Blacks. Delaware’s Democrat US Senator fought for a Federal law that slaves caught in any free State of the union had to be returned into slavery to his or her slavemaster and owner.

    The longstanding Delaware traditions of the Democrat Party is slavery, racism, and discrimination against Blacks.

    A Black who votes for a Democrat is like a turkey voting for Thanksgiving.

    Bishop E.W. Jackson Message to Black Christians
    (almost 1 million views)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi_KaZ53eDg

    Republican Lt. Governor candidate for 2013 Bishop EW Jackson is leading an “EXODUS NOW” calling on Blacks to leave the Democrat Party.

    NOTE to I.P.O.D. — Jackson’s call for an EXODUS of Blacks from the Democrat Party is *NOT* an endorsement of the Republican Party.

    To put it in my words, E.W. Jackson is telling Blacks “You don’t have to go to the Republicans, but you can’t stay here [in the Democrat party].”

  15. “The only thing that make this witness not credible is you willingness to not believe him.”

    No, Don. What evidence did he present?

    “Pitlicker”

    Ah, yes, Don’s high standards of discourse here at DP.

  16. My standard is always a little lower with you Nit. You’ve always been a hoot and I like your comments. I miss Geezer calling me a Peckerwood too.

  17. ” Has DSU gotten rid of all black males from the teaching staff? Where is this “schedule”? The only thing that makes that statement “credible” is your willingness to believe it, since it is backed up by no evidence whatsoever.”

    Interesting question, Nit. The initial claim by Doug and Don was that DSU’s faculty was 20% African American, the truth is that it is 48% African American. The student body is 75% African American. I haven’t seen one shred of evidence that there is a “schedule” or a conspiracy or any kind of a plan to remove African American faculty or students from the University.

    If it exists, this would be the time to lay it out.

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