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Congressional Black Caucus unhappy with Obama judicial appointments
The Hill’s Mike Lillis, reports that leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to “publicly rebuke” President Obama because of the “lack of diversity’ in his federal judicial appointments.”
It’s hard to understand the CBC’s complaint. According to Freddie Allen, Obama’s judicial appointments have resulted in a higher rate of Black judges confirmed than any other president in history. Research compiled by the Alliance for Justice, demonstrated that so far during the Obama administration, Blacks have accounted for 18.7 percent of the federal judicial confirmations, more than the 7.3 percent under George W. Bush or the 16.4 percent under Bill Clinton.
Its not just Blacks, Obama’s judicial appointees are more diverse among other demographics:
“During the Obama administration, 41 percent of the federal judges that have been confirmed are women, compared to 22 percent under George W. Bush and 29 percent for Clinton.
President Obama has also managed to get more Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and gays confirmed to the federal bench than either Bush or Clinton.”
So what the CBC Democrats complaining about?
In addition to what Eleanor Holmes Norton calls “the appalling lack of African American representation” among Obama’s nominees, the CBC also claims that some Obama nominees championed “policies that either discriminate against minorities, or are just plain racist.”
“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.
Another nominee, Atlanta lawyer Mark H. Cohen, helped to defend Georgia’s voter ID law . . . .
A third pick, DeKalb County State Court Judge Eleanor Louise Ross – the only African American in the group – has raised
the Democrats’ eyebrows for a different reason.
‘Most of us never heard of her, don’t know anything about her,’ Lewis [Rep. John Lewis] said earlier this month, ‘and I understand she’s a Republican.'”
So there you have it. When the CBC says “lack of diversity,” that’s code for too few Blacks who practice group think – “a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics.”