Secret Service Is Racist, Suit Alleges

Damning e-mails surface ahead of trial
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2008 10:32 AM CDT
A Secret Service agent stands watch as President Bush departs the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – A culture of racism lurks behind the dark glasses of the Secret Service, claims a lawsuit filed by more than 100 current and former black agents who say they were denied promotions. The Service denies the charges, but the suit has brought troubling emails to light, ABC News reports. One circulated among supervisors says a Jesse Jackson assassination “certainly wouldn’t be a great loss,” and others include racially crude jokes.

A white supervisor is said to have written, "Reverse discrimination and political correctness are destroying virtually every aspect of American life." One attached video shows a mixed-race couple surrounded by the Ku Klux Klan, and a noose was found in a training facility run by a black agent. That agent, however, doesn’t support the lawsuit. “I didn’t get the promotion that I wanted when I wanted,” he says, “But…I think I was given a fair chance.”