Voting Rights Act being used for whites in Mississippi 09:53 PM CDT on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 Associated Press The Justice Department is turning the 1965 Voting Rights Act around in a Mississippi case. For the first time, Justice officials are using the law to allege racial discrimination against whites. The law – The Voting Rights Act was written to protect racial minorities in the 1960s when Mississippi and other Southern states enforced segregation. The allegations – Ike Brown, head of the Democratic Party in Mississippi's rural Noxubee County, is accused of tactics including intimidation and coercion against white voters and candidates. Also named in the lawsuit is Circuit Clerk Carl Mickens, who has agreed to refrain from rejecting white voters' absentee ballots considered defective while accepting similar ballots from black voters. What Mr. Brown says – "They've been trying to target me for years, the attorney general and all them, because we're so successful," the 52-year-old said. "Hey, if you're a failure, nobody will mess with you. But we're successful in east Mississippi." What's next –The federal case is scheduled for trial this fall.