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Holder To Push For More Civil Rights

From a delighted New York Times:

Justice Dept. to Recharge Enforcement of Civil Rights


September 1, 2009

WASHINGTON — Seven months after taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division by pushing it back into some of the most important areas of American political life, including voting rights, housing, employment, bank lending practices and redistricting after the 2010 census.

As part of this shift, the Obama administration is planning a major revival of high-impact civil rights enforcement against policies, in areas ranging from housing to hiring, where statistics show that minorities fare disproportionately poorly. President George W. Bush’s appointees had discouraged such tactics, preferring to focus on individual cases in which there is evidence of intentional discrimination.

To bolster a unit that has been battered by heavy turnover and a scandal over politically tinged hiring under the Bush administration, the Obama White House has also proposed a hiring spree that would swell the ranks of several hundred civil rights lawyers with more than 50 additional lawyers, a significant increase for a relatively small but powerful division of the government.

The division is “getting back to doing what it has traditionally done,” Mr. Holder said in an interview. “But it’s really only a start. I think the wounds that were inflicted on this division were deep, and it will take some time for them to fully heal.” …

The administration’s fiscal year 2010 budget request includes an increase of about $22 million for the division, an 18 percent increase from the 2009 budget. Other changes are already apparent.

The division has filed about 10 “friend of the court” briefs in private discrimination-related lawsuits since Mr. Obama’s inauguration, a practice that had dwindled in the previous administration.

In July, moreover, the division’s acting head, Loretta King, sent a memorandum to every federal agency urging more aggressive enforcement of regulations that forbid recipients of taxpayer money from policies that have a disparate impact on minorities.

The division has also lifted Bush-era rules that some career staff members saw as micromanagement or impediments, like restrictions on internal communications and a ban on front-line career lawyers’ making recommendations on whether to approve proposed changes to election laws…

Mr. Holder has elsewhere called for social changes with civil rights overtones, like the passage of a federal hate-crimes law, the elimination of the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine and greater financing for indigent defense.

By contrast, he described his Civil Rights Division efforts as more restoration than change. The recent moves, he argued, are a return to its basic approach under presidents of both parties — despite some policy shifts between Republican and Democratic administrations — before the “sea change” and “aberration” of the Bush years.

“Of course there are going to be critics,” Mr. Holder said. But, he argued, “any objective observer” would see the recent approach as consistent with “the historical mission of the division, not straying into some kind of liberal orthodoxy. It really is just a function of enforcing the statutes.”

Isn’t this wonderful?

Certainly our country needs these reforms.

Look at how minorities have suffered in this country because of our backward laws on voting rights, housing, employment, bank lending practices and redistricting.

One sees the inequities everywhere.

In July, moreover, the division’s acting head, Loretta King, sent a memorandum to every federal agency urging more aggressive enforcement of regulations that forbid recipients of taxpayer money from policies that have a disparate impact on minorities.

We realize one cannot expect lucid writing from the New York Times, but can anyone explain the meaning of that sentence?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Holder To Push For More Civil Rights”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    It’s a black thang ….. you honky’s wouldn’t understand.

    “We be owed!!”

    (sarc off)
    What is so civil about it?

    • GL0120 says:

      The newest rights –
      The right to home ownership without having to pay for it.
      The right to intimidate voters who do not support your candidate.
      The right to sit back and let other support you.
      Oops, scratch that, those rights already exist.

  2. caligirl9 says:

    Look at the city of Oakland as a fine example of more civil rights … just sayin’… where the cops fight a losing battle every day.

  3. proreason says:

    “Rights” is the siren-song of the totalitarian wannabes.

    It doesn’t take but a moment of thought to see how ludicrous are all of the rights listed by the imbecile Holder. He is a profoundly stupid person. What a disgrace to the human race. You have to wonder if he uses toilet paper when he shits.

    Why not a right to “sex, drugs and rock and roll”? It would be just as ridiculous.

    Can there be a more stupid idea than to think that you can have a “right” to something that another person owns. Just to say it is to realize how dangerous the notion is. It leads directly to violence and death. It’s as simple as that.

    But for the envious, the promise of a right to something they don’t have is like candy to the children they are. And invoking envy hass been the primary deception of snake-oil politicians for millenia.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    I-GOT-ME-MY-RRRIGHTS! Uh Oh! Wait a minute. I’m a white guy. Sorry never mind.

  5. canary says:

    I don’t think all this is part of his job description.

  6. bousquem says:

    While I don’t like discrimination, the idea that we need racial quotas and all this other crap is just as wrong. It seems like discrimination of occurs if it is a white person against a black or hispanic person. It seems the left thinks it’s fair to give people slots at prestigious schools and jobs based on skin color, if you are white then you have no chance of getting a job. And one has to notice that the whole article was one giant Bush bashing piece, everything was all about how evil Bush and the republicans are, and how good everything will be under the left’s crushing influence. The thugs will run the party and get to rule everyone who actually does work for a living just so the thugs and people sitting on their couches all day get to collect “free” money from the goverment and get all the healthcare they can scam out of us.

  7. VMAN says:

    You know when I was a boy
    I saw a man giving a speech. He was a wise looking man. He was a black man. He said he had a dream of a day when little black children and little white children would play together without condemnation. He also talked about his dream of a day when a man would be judged on the content of his character and not on the color of his skin. The man was killed. Some say it was by people who hated him and his dream. It’s a shame those people have gained power in this country.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Martin Luther King’s dream is Obama’s nightnmare that makes him & every other race baiter Irrelevant.

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    Nicely put VMAN.

    This great “uniter” o-blah-blah and his henchman, Holder, will singlehandedly move race relations in this Country backwards by gawd knows.

    • terika says:

      As has always been the plan.

      Helter Skelter – it was Manson’s dream, too. Creating an apocalyptic race war.


      And we’re NOT s’posed to think these people are insane??????????

    • terika says:

      we need to run them out


      let’s roll

  9. canary says:

    Obama was and is a thug bully. Oboma was in the black muslim crowd, activists that worked against MLK idea of peaceful protests.

    • terika says:

      Yep – all nice & cozy w/ Wright/Farrakhan in that “church”. Which is NOT a church at all, but a
      tax free scam to congregate and spew their racial spittle. These places should be shut down –
      they are ripping us off and ripping our country apart. We are PAYING these racist thugs to do this to us! Hey, Holder – you gonna check these guys out??? Now THAT would be more along the lines of your job description.


  10. neocon mom says:

    I’ve read the Loretta King sentence at least half-a dozen times now, and still…huh?

    Anyway, the “disparate impact” statute has been a useful tool for shakedown artists that presumes all whites are guilty of discriminatory tendencies and all blacks need government help to have any hope of eking out a future.

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