CBC Dislikes Jarrett’s Message

Mike Lillis, The Hill, February 5, 2014

A feud between President Obama and black lawmakers over racial diversity among judges escalated Wednesday.

Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser, met with Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and refused to back down over controversial nominees despite a growing storm of criticism.

Many CBC members say Obama hasn’t fought hard enough to fill the federal bench with the Democrats’ preferred picks, leaving some states with nominees who lack the ethnic diversity of the population they would oversee.

In a closed-door meeting with a handful of CBC leaders, Jarrett brushed back the criticism, saying Obama had a “commitment to diversity” and an “outstanding” record in placing minority judges, she said afterward.

Asked if the White House would consider replacing any of its choices, Jarrett’s answer was a terse, “No.”

The message was not well received. CBC members have criticized the nominees who they say champion policies that discriminate against minorities.

Georgia Rep. David Scott (D), said he approached Jarrett about two nominees in particular: one who once supported a state bill to keep the Confederate battle emblem a part of Georgia’s flag, and another who led the defense of the state’s photo ID law, which Scott claims is a statute designed “to keep black folks, as much as possible, from voting.”

“I asked her specifically that they should be [withdrawn]. She just didn’t say anything,” said Scott, who did not attend the briefing on nominees but was present at a later meeting with Jarrett and the full CBC.

“Do you think George Bush would have been able to do this, or any white president would have been able to do this? No,” Scott said. “The president should have said, ‘There’s absolutely no way I want to go down in history as putting these kinds of people into federal court nominations against my own African-American [people]’ . . . It’s a tragedy.”

{snip}

While the controversy around Obama’s judicial picks has been largely limited to local delegations, the issue has gained broader prominence in recent weeks, with figures such as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) weighing in on the side of the CBC.

CBC leaders, including Norton, had threatened last month to highlight the issue further with a Washington press conference pushing back against Obama’s picks. That plan was put on hold, however, and it’s unclear if the media event will be rescheduled.

{snip}

The White House, meanwhile, is pushing back hard against the notion that the administration has neglected to promote minorities to the bench. As Jarrett was meeting with the CBC, the White House announced the nomination of five new judicial nominees, including two women, one Hispanic and an openly gay African-American.

The White House also recently launched a new page on its website dedicated entirely to highlighting the diversity of Obama’s judicial nominees.

{snip}

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • CBC upset that not enough of the white hating Constitution destroying judges Obama is appointing are black.

    Snore.

  • Manaphy

    More black “justices” = More injustice.

    • sbuffalonative

      More criminals let loose. More payouts.

  • sbuffalonative

    The CBC issued the following statement:

    • APaige

      Surely not my people.
      Based on numbers I am looking at least four convicted felons and a group average IQ of 85. All wearing suits-even LaQuifa.
      If I asked “were are the steel bars” how many would think of a ‘zoo’ versus how many would think of jail?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Reconstruction on a national scale.

  • The Black Caucus wants more black judges appointed so that Dear Leader’s grand Utopian plan for Americans (ultimately against white Americans) can be realized. If enough Leftist blacks are on the bench, there’s no stopping him – not even the Constitution! Since when, by the way, have blacks ever cared about the Constitution or the Framers original intent? The document is meaningless to them, and they simply don’t think in such terms.

  • Dave4088

    I don’t see what the CBC’s beef is as most of these white judges are self hating and deracinated and will rule like black people in white face anyway.

    • bigone4u

      Agree, but the CBC wants the fat paychecks to go to blacks and they like the symbolism of a black in a robe ruling over whites, like the Chief of the Zulus.

  • IstvanIN

    The “white” judges are so ant-white, anti-constitution and anti-rule of law that the CBC should be happy, I mean they could end of with some blacks like Clarence Thomas if they aren’t careful.

  • Spartacus

    If there really were any justice in this world….

  • dd121

    While we’re at it O should import a few black african shamans to cast their hex over white america.

  • bigone4u

    I think it’s safe to say that there are a lot of bad judges. What’s particularly a problem with black ones is that many have grudges against whites, so expecting fairness if you’re white is ludicrous. We need our own country so that these issues are moot.

  • So CAL Snowman

    So why don’t they march about it?

  • Spartacus

    They want more black judges because they’re criminals, and want someone to get them off when they get arrested . To be honest, I’m shocked they’re capable of such foresight .

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      They aren’t and you know it. Blacks have no political power in this country and are in charge of nothing. Those who promote, fund, encourage and cover-up for blacks are the problem, especially the media, which in no way is owned by blacks. Blacks are naturally disorganized and violent and being used as a cudgel and battering ram by their overseers against white America, nothing more. And no, they do not have foresight, everything is done for them.

      • saxonsun

        Only the power we have allowed them–and that seems to be enough.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “The White House also recently launched a new page on its website dedicated entirely to highlighting the diversity of Obama’s judicial nominees.”

    The fact that this exists is disgusting. Our ancestors would be so very ashamed of us.

  • Berkeley Guy

    Once again, race is merely a social construct unless it fits in with a minorities’ strategy to gain political power or pity or to shout down those of European descent.

    But hey, how can this be as bad as the judge Amren reported on several weeks ago who admitted to being biased against a person accused of murder simply because he was White, and then many years later regretted taking that same man’s freedom from him. With judges like that around, who needs enemies?

  • Pro_Whitey

    I think Jarrett’s precise words went something like this: “You ni99as have to shut yo’ moufs! You don’t know your place! You don’t your place!”

  • Truth Teller

    White, black, asian or hispanic, virtually every Judge who gets appointed in America is anti White. I do not assume conservative Judges who are anti gun control, anti abortion, anti gay marriage, anti socialsm are pro White. Conservatism covers a wide range of issues, but the pro White cause stands by itself. The conservative causes do nothing for Whites.

  • Truth Teller

    ISTIVAN
    When Clarence Thomas was head of the EEOC he eliminated the generalfederal civil service exam, the PACE exam for applicants for federal jobs that required a BA, MA or PHD. The PACE exam was the same as the high school exit exam;12 grade reading and writing 10th grade math. Since virtually every black college grad, even those with piled higher and deeper degrees failed, Thomas eliminated that exam.
    Conservatives are no more pro White than Morris Dees and Tim Wise.