Racism, Straight Up: Congressional Group to Rebuke Obama for “Appalling Lack of African American Representation” With Judicial Nominees

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Why does Obama hate African Americans so much?

Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to publicly rebuke President Obama over a lack of diversity in his federal judicial picks.

The lawmakers are organizing a Capitol Hill press conference as early as this week to decry what Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called “the appalling lack of African American representation” among Obama’s nominees, particularly in the 11th Circuit, which includes Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The Democrats also contend several of Obama’s nominees have championed policies that either discriminate against minorities, or are just plain racist.

“We have very grave concerns [with certain nominees] given disparities that are particularly common in the South,” Norton said Thursday in a telephone interview.

The outcry is a rare public split between Obama and his staunchest allies.

Yet the president’s relationship with black lawmakers on Capitol Hill is more complicated that it sometimes appears.

Is there any group of Americans who has any use for Obama?

Norton, who heads a CBC panel focused on judicial nominations, said the group has met with other CBC members representing the 11th Circuit states to discuss an opposition strategy to Obama’s picks. While “no decisions have been made” about specifics, she said, the exasperation within the CBC is general.

“This is a caucus-wide concern,” she said.

The focus will likely be on Georgia, where most within the Democratic delegation – including Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon – have been up in arms since Obama named a handful of nominees for the federal bench just before Christmas.

One of them, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, had voted years ago as a state legislator to keep the Confederate battle emblem a prominent part of Georgia’s state flag – a move to preserve “one of the most vicious symbols of hate and white supremacy” in the country’s history, Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), a CBC member, charged earlier this month.

Who knew Obama was a champion of white supremacy?

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