Like a pack of slavering Baskerville hounds, the card-carrying members of "RRR" (acronym meaning varies—rabid Republican racists, religiously race-baiting right-wingers, reactionary racist Repubs, right-wing racist rhetoricians, or your choice) are on the scent of their new meme of "racialism" and their target is one of President Barack Obama's nominee's—Debo Adegbile.
Adegbile was nominated to head-up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Seems like there is a logic to selecting a lawyer to head up a civil rights division who has actual experience with (gasp) civil rights litigation. Adegbile has it.
Debo P. Adegbile is Senior Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since July 2013. Previously, from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Adegbile held a number of roles at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., including Special Counsel, Acting President and Director-Counsel, Associate Director-Counsel and Director of Litigation, Associate Director of Litigation, and Assistant Counsel.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, has issued a strong endorsement:
Debo Adegbile is one of the preeminent civil rights litigators of his generation and a bipartisan consensus builder. His experience as the two-time defender of the Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court puts him in a class of his own when it comes to understanding the application and enforcement of complex civil rights issues. Add that to his stellar career over ten years at the nation’s leading civil rights law firm—the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund—as well as his work in the Senate and in the private sector, and it becomes clear that Adegbile’s skill set, talents, and experience make him the perfect choice to head the Civil Rights Division.
Adegbile’s life mirrors that of the American Dream. A son of immigrants from Ireland and Nigeria, Adegbile grew up in poverty with periods of homelessness to work his way through law school and one day defend American democracy in the Supreme Court.
Millions of Americans rely on the Civil Rights Division to enforce housing, education, and employment discrimination laws, hate crime laws, the Violence Against Women Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the core civil rights statutes that allow all of us to take part in the fullness of American life. Debo Adegbile is the right nominee to head the Civil Rights Division. We call on the Senate to swiftly confirm him.and then the right wing republican dissent,
The problem for RRR's is that Adegbile is black. Worse—from their perspective—he is black and a veteran of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (who they see as anti-white), and from a birtherist nativist xenophobic perspective clearly not "Amurrican" enough.
There's that surname of his—Adegbile, which is Nigerian, from his father. And he's the son of parents who, according to Richard Cohen, are probably causing a lot of gagging, since his mom is Irish.it's okay if he or she is anti everybody in America as long as they are for the republican right wing who stand in opposition to all that the office stands for and protects us from which is primarily them and their discrimination
We are already aware of the animus against Barack Obama's paternity, and the Kenyan father he never knew, along with the birther conspiracy theory about his nativity. So many of the racist depictions of him as an ape, simian-like, or a savage with a bone in his nose, are deeply rooted in ideations about the Dark Continent, used to maintain slavery and white supremacy.
Adegbile faces a formidable array of rationales for the vituperation unleashed against him. Bad enough to be black in America, a child of a mixed race union, and to have a clearly African first and surname, coupled with the hated resume of tenure with the NAACP, and his support of voting rights.
He expressed that support clearly in an interview done at NYU when he was chosen as Alumnus of the Month for July 2010.
Q: You also were involved in voting rights cases with the LDF during the 2000 presidential election and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. What draws you to these kinds of cases?
A. Voting rights fascinated me when I studied the topic in my constitutional law class with Professor Christopher L. Eisgruber. Leaders like Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall knew that individuals’ ability to express their political voices was essential to take down the racial caste system of Jim Crow. So many of the civil rights leaders understood that having a vote—having an ability to pick leaders and to have a full measure of citizenship—was essential to ensuring equality, not just in the moment but in the future. That lesson was not lost on me.again not on the right wing list of things to ever do status quo is important to them anyone that threatens their position is unacceptable in any position. i think that is a major reason for the hyped racial animus they know they are loosing their status and are destined to be our new minority frightening to those who have cracked the whip for centuries to now wonder if they get what they gave must be terrorizing. someone fighting for what the are fighting to keep brings out the very worst of their bigotry, they want us vulnerable to them and those the whore for no consumer reg. no EPA those things that allow them to run over us and not look back not to mention put our health in jeopardy than deny us health care.
bottom line no control for them if we are protected against them that is a prime reason they target Pres. and attempt to discredit him because everything he does counters what they are and want to do.
my party has been acting meek but the Bible says "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth"