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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
"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
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
"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
Kennedy's press secretary, Jim Manley, did not return WND's call seeking
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal
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.
<mailto:amoore at worldnetdaily.com>Art Moore is a news editor with
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