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Fri Nov 21 22:11:15 MST 2003


Democrats accused of racism on Bush nominees
Black leaders hit for silence in wake of Kennedy 'Neanderthal' remark
By Art Moore

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

While establishment civil-rights leaders in the U.S. have been silent on 
Sen. Edward Kennedy calling President Bush's minority judicial nominees 
"Neanderthals," one prominent black author is portraying the senator's 
comment as "racism in its highest form."

"Had a Republican made those types of remarks about a Democrat, especially 
a black or Hispanic, the so-called NAACP, the black caucus, Jesse Jackson, 
the others, would be burning down America," said the Rev. Jesse Lee 
Peterson, head of Los Angeles-based <http://www.bondinfo.org/>BOND, 
Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, whose purpose is "rebuilding the 
family by rebuilding the man."

Kennedy's remarks came at the end of a marathon Senate session last week 
engineered by Republicans to force a vote on nominees blocked by Democrats 
who claim Bush's selections are unfit for the federal bench.

The Massachusetts Democrat said "what has not ended is the resolution and 
the determination of the members of the United States Senate to continue to 
resist any Neanderthal that is nominated by this president of the United 
States for any federal court in the United States."

Two of the four judges held back by Democrats are minorities, California 
Supreme Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel Estrada. Brown was 
nominated in July to the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. 
Circuit, from which many nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court have come. 
After two years of opposition, Estrada finally gave up fighting for his 
nomination to the D.C. court on Sept. 5.

"Mr. Estrada received disgraceful treatment at the hands of 45 U.S. 
Senators during the more than two years his nomination was pending," 
President Bush said of the end of the Estrada battle. "Despite his superb 
qualifications and the wide bipartisan support for his nomination, these 
Democrat senators repeatedly blocked an up-or-down vote that would have led 
to Mr. Estrada's confirmation. The treatment of this fine man is an 
unfortunate chapter in the Senate's history."

"The problem Democrats like Kennedy have with these judges is that they are 
conservative," said Star Parker, president and founder of CURE, the 
<http://www.urbancure.org/>Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, and 
author of the WND book 
<http://www.shopnetdaily.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=1345>"Uncle Sam's 
Plantation."

"The lives of Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel Estrada capture everything 
America is about," she told WND. "From the founding of this country, it's 
been about preserving and defending freedom."

The other blocked nominees are Priscilla Owen, Charles Pickering and 
Carolyn Kuhl.

Peterson said Kennedy's remarks and the lack of response "shows the race 
issue is not as important to these so-called civil rights leaders as they 
pretend it is when Republicans or conservatives are concerned."

"They pretend that they want equality for black Americans," he said. "They 
pretend that racism is holding them back, but when blacks are moving 
forward, as [Brown] is doing – a qualified woman, a good example for all 
people, especially black Americans – they are doing all they can to hold 
her back, because her views or principles don't coincide with theirs."

Peterson contends the divide is not over race but morals.

"It's a character issue," he said. "We're having a spiritual battle between 
good and evil, right and wrong. And Justice Brown and these other justices 
are on the side of good, and the Black Caucus, the Kennedys, the liberal 
Democrats, are on the side of evil. They are going after people based on 
that and not color."

Peterson's new book 
<http://www.shopnetdaily.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=1319>"Scam: How the 
Black Leadership Exploits Black America,", published by 
<http://www.wndbooks.com/>WND Books, contends establishment black leaders 
such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are con artists, gaining money and 
power by promoting racial tension and class warfare.

He thinks Brown, along with all black Americans, deserves an apology from 
Kennedy.

"This is racism in its highest form," he said. "This woman has managed to 
succeed in the greatest country in the world against all opposition."

Peterson said his group contacted Kennedy's office but just "got the 
run-around."

Kennedy's press secretary, Jim Manley, did not return WND's call seeking 
comment.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal 
<http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110004305>published 
secret staff memos to Kennedy and Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin 
revealing a scheme to block Bush nominations.

One memo described Miguel Estrada as "especially dangerous, because he has 
a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be 
grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment."

A Nov. 1, 2001, memo informs Sen. Durbin of meetings he will have with 
leaders of left-leaning interest groups who will identify "the most 
controversial and/or vulnerable judicial nominees."

"The groups would like to postpone action on these nominees until next 
year, when (presumably) the public will be more tolerant of partisan 
dissent," the memo said.

Those groups, according to the document, were likely to include Ralph Neas 
of People For the American Way, Kate Michelman of NARAL, Nan Aron of the 
Alliance for Justice, Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil 
Rights, Leslie Proll of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Nancy 
Zirkin of the American Association of University Women, Marcia Greenberger 
of the National Women's Law Center and Judy Lichtman of National Partnership.

Related Column:

<http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35690>Racism on 
Dem plantation

<mailto:amoore at worldnetdaily.com>Art Moore is a news editor with 
WorldNetDaily.com.  
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