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“It’s hard being black and gifted,” faux rapper Sir-Smoke-A-Lot lamented in the hit 1998 comedy film Half-Baked.

True … but it’s easy being black and powerful in Columbia, S.C., where “tha #Mayorhood” rolls diggity deep, yo.

Anyway, in the latest example of selective justice at work in the Palmetto State, powerful NAACP leader Lonnie Randolph has been cleared of all charges in connection to an episode of sub-psychotic rage at a local laundromat.

Randolph was arrested last summer after becoming belligerent with staff at Tripp’s Fine Cleaners – refusing to pay his bill and refusing to leave the store.

Randolph’s attorneys claimed the incident was a “diabetic episode.”

Sheesh …

When powerful Palmetto politicos are in trouble, these shysters have an answer for everything … don’t they?

Anyway, according to WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.) city prosecutors said “officers who made the arrest and subsequent charges were justified but said the case was significantly hampered without the cooperation of Tripp’s.”

Yeah … read between the lines on that one.

That means Randolph can now return to his work of keeping generations of black South Carolinians poor and stupid by supporting policies and political candidates that perpetuate our state’s failed economic and educational status quo.

Because that’s the black community’s definition of “leadership,” it would appear …