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NAACP: ‘Brett Kavanaugh Is a Dangerous Ideologue’

"Over and over again, he has ruled against civil rights, workers' rights, consumer rights, and women's rights," said America's most recognized civil rights organization.

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had a few choice words on President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, one of which was "dangerous."


In a statement this week the organization said it is greatly opposed to Judge Brett Kavanaugh potentially serving for the highest court in the nation.

"Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court," the NAACP said.

"In his 12 years on the bench, he has proven us correct. He has been a strong and consistent voice for the wealthy and the powerful. Over and over again, he has ruled against civil rights, workers' rights, consumer rights, and women's rights."

When given the opportunity to take the right side on civil rights issues, Kavanaugh has done just the opposite. In 2012 he chose to uphold a voter identification law despite evidence that it would disenfranchise minority voters.

According to Kavanaugh, a new voter ID law would not actually require potential voters to present a photo ID, as long as they could explain why they didn't have one.

The group is prepared to "fight this Trump nomination with everything we've got."

The NAACP is not alone in its sentiments. The National Urban League issued a statement on the same day that reads, in part: "If President Trump's last Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is any indication, his latest pick in Brett Kavanaugh will do the civil rights community no favors. Judge Kavanaugh has a record of ruling against affordable healthcare and women's reproductive rights. Particularly troubling is his record on cases involving racial and workforce discrimination."

Indeed, when it comes to workforce rulings, Kavanugh frequently sides with the employer, analysts have noted. The Chicago Tribune reported:

An overview of Kavanaugh's written opinions on labor law by Littler Mendelson P.C., a law firm that represents employers in labor disputes, found that the nominee's writings "do not reveal any particular leanings that might concern the employer community." Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said Kavanaugh "routinely rules against working families" and denies "employees relief from discrimination in the workplace."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) all issued statements voicing their concern over Kavanaugh as well.

The Conversation (2)
John Hoade15 Jul, 2018
This jackass racist judge is going to reverse every right won over the last 100 years. Only hope is to vote the Repugnacans out to stop bad legislation.
Mehiki14 Jul, 2018
Trumpists are going to get what they deserve - higher consumer prices, no worker and consumer protections, no healthcare, cancer-causing environmental pollution, cuts in Medicare, retirement, and Medicaid, stagnant wages - all to get back at people of color. With low birthrates, they'll be begging for immigrants. Heck, like trump, they'll be importing them. We're not going to get the hordes of Europeans who live in countries with universal healthcare, generous vacation, maternity, and family leave, and worker protections for this hot mess of so-called freedom. No matter what, this country is going to change. Good luck with that.

As racial disparities continue to plague the criminal justice system, a former police chief in Florida admitted to purposely sending Black men to prison.

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Serena Williams Breaks Her Silence on US Open Controversy

Meanwhile, Williams' husband slams a New York Times study, which tries to discredit her claim about the treatment of women in professional tennis.

Serena Williams continues to dispute comments that she received coaching during her matchup with Naomi Osaka at the US Open final on Sept. 8.

In an interview with an Australian talk show, The Project, scheduled to air next Sunday, Williams refutes the remark her coach Patrick Mouratoglou made about gesturing to her from the stands. She denies cheating.

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Coast Guard Removes Member for Flashing White Power Symbol on TV

During an update on storm efforts, the member made the "OK" symbol.

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During a colleague's on-camera interview, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard is said to have flashed a symbol associated with white power.

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An astounding 20,000 pallets of unopened bottled water was discovered on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

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Voting Rights Protections for Minorities in Danger: Report

Citizens "continue to suffer significant, and profoundly unequal, limitations on their ability to vote," said Catherine E. Lhamon, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights warns that voting rights for minorities around the country are in danger. The federal government isn't doing anything to counteract it, especially since Republicans have most to lose in key midterm elections.

A report, released on Wednesday, cited strict voter ID laws; closing polling places; cutting early voting; and voting roll purges and challenges to eligibility are all impacting minority-voting rights.

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Trump Says of Aid to Puerto Rico: 'Incredibly Successful' Storm Response

"If he thinks the death of 3,000 people is a success, God help us all," said Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan.

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President Trump actually boasted on Tuesday about the shortcomings that killed 3,000 Puerto Ricans during, and after, Hurricane Maria last September.

He said that while the response to hurricanes in Texas and Florida got excellent grades, "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success."

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Harvard Slow to Act on Police Brutality of Black Student

A university committee missed its deadline to address the abusive arrest of a student caught on video.

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Harvard University has failed to complete an examination of school policies after members of the Cambridge Police Department beat a Black student.

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Spread the Word on Injustice: You Made #WhileBlack Viral

There are infinite stories out there, and it's time to hear from you, because we know #WhileBlack is happening to you.

Hundreds, even thousands of #WhileBlack stories have swept the nation. You made yet another truth viral with over 90,000 views: Black Restaurant Owner Arrested for Helping Unconscious White Woman Sues NYPD.

Recently, Clyde Pemberton, a businessman in #HarlemWhileBlack, decided, along with his employees to make #WhileBlack legal, literally, and hold the NYPD accountable for arresting them for helping a white woman.

The Harlem MIST owner's lawsuit blatantly states that he was a "conscientious business owner while Black", and his employees were arrested for "being helpful employees while Black."

They want justice for living their lives, trying to help people, and being punished and forever changed because of it. Investors are gone, business is suffering, and he and employees want nothing to do with the police now.

While many stories have been about police and emergency response personnel being annoyed about having to respond to calls about Blacks living their lives, like The Science Behind Why White People Call Police on Black People for Doing Ordinary Things, many also involve the men and women in blue, who act unprofessionally and downright racist in their #WhileBlack perpetuation.

We've covered it in corporate settings, everyday settings, police interactions; we've talked to experts about the phenomenon. #WhileBlack and the fear of a racial group losing its majority status have impacted the country's behavior:

"For people of color, our concern is that we're on guard for discrimination coming toward us. And for whites, the concern is 'Whatever I'm about to say it may be landing in a way where the person perceives me as racist.' So they double down because they don't want to admit a particular bias or slant," said Alexis McGill-Johnson, executive director and co-founder of Perception Institute.

There are infinite stories out there, and it's time to hear from you, because we know #WhileBlack is happening to you.

Join The Conversation below, or send us an email, tweet, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn reply and tell us: What is YOUR #WhileBlack story?