Adegbile’s failed nomination wasn’t really just about Abu-Jamal, but a larger conservative attack on the civil rights division – the part of the Justice Department dedicated to enforcing the nation’s civil rights laws. Convinced that anti-black racism is a thing of the past and that federal intervention to secure minority rights does more harm than good, conservatives have waged a years long campaign to dominate, dismantle or discredit the civil rights division and the laws it is designed to enforce.
Adegbile is a celebrated Supreme Court litigator who has devoted his life to protecting laws conservatives want to see repealed, overturned or interpreted so narrowly as to be toothless, and that was reason enough for Republicans to oppose him. But absent the spectre of a revival of Willie Horton-style race baiting politics, it would not have been sufficient to bring skittish Democrats along for the ride.
Republicans don’t just oppose Adegbile. They oppose the civil rights division itself.
Republican War? WHY ARE WE FORGETTING the “few too many” ‘democrats” who voted with Republicans…again? We have to stop helping them destroy us!
They say Chicago is violent, but when you close over 50 brown & black schools, that is violence.
We all must stand together as one….we have to shelve the pettiness the continues to divide us and we have to decide if we only stand for ourselves or do we include each other?