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Lone Black Republican in Senate Rejects Trump's Judicial Nominee Amid Voter Suppression Claims

Sen. Tim Scott, what has the Republican Party done for you lately?

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican in the Senate, opposed President Trump's nomination of Thomas Farr to become a federal judge, on Thursday, ending his chances of confirmation. Trump's choice — an attorney who has supported voter suppression targeting Blacks — caused Scott to defy the leader of his party's wishes.


Farr was on the road to becoming a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Democrats have criticized him for defending a North Carolina voter ID law that the appellate court struck down for explicitly targeting African Americans.

Democrats Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum said, in a joint statement, on Tuesday: "Thomas Farr's record of hostility and disregard for fundamental civil rights disqualifies him for a lifetime appointment that will allow him to codify his discriminatory ideology into law."

Scott's opposition of Farr, combined with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and all Senate Democrats, resulted in lack of support for the nomination to go forward.

Scott said, on Thursday, a memo obtained by The Washington Post "created more concerns" about Farr. It indicated the Raleigh attorney "backed a law that the courts called 'the most restrictive voting law North Carolina has seen since the era of Jim Crow.'"

In 1990, Farr worked on the campaign of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), a notorious racist. The Justice Department later said postcards generated by the campaign were sent to intimidate Black voters from heading to the polls. Farr has denied taking part in drafting the postcards.

"I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge," Scott said.

This is the second time the South Carolina senator has opposed a Trump nominee. In July, Scott didn't back Trump appellate court pick Ryan Bounds because of his college writings on diversity and rape. It forced a withdrawal of the nomination.

It seems that Scott being a Republican is a conflict of interest for him. Supporting issues of importance to the Black community, or Black people in general, is not of interest to his party. Another Black Republican came to that conclusion this week.

On Monday, Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) gave a concession speech after a narrow loss in this month's midterm election. Love expressed a sentiment of betrayal by her own party.

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"Republicans never take minorities, minority communities into their home and citizens into their homes and into their hearts, they stay with Democrats and bureaucrats in Washington because they do take them home, or at least make them feel like they have a home," she said.

Reader Question: What are your thoughts on Sen. Tim Scott taking a stand?

The Conversation (5)
votetocorrect30 Nov, 2018
Sen. Tim Scott is the only Republican keeping the KKK and white supremist off the court for lifetime appointments!
30 Nov, 2018

Sen. Scott and ex-Rep. Love should get together and leave this party of reactionary policies. Republicans in their present day incarnation have shown that they are a throw back to old Jim Crow days. If they don't feel that they can side with democrats, they can still go independent. These current republicans have shown time and again that they care nothing for people of color.

mina01 Dec, 2018

IT'S ABOUT TIME THESE BLACK REPUGS GOT SOME BALLS AND STOOD UP AGAINST THIS RACIST PRESIDENT & HIS SUPPORTERS IN THE REPUG PARTY!!!!

Mona30 Nov, 2018

Ironically, Jessie Helms died a mean racist; holding hated in his heart for black people. How appropriate that is was a black man that ended his mentee's chance to enter into a lifetime judgeship.

Mona30 Nov, 2018

I am afraid to say this, but maybe we more Scott's and Love's in the Republican Party. It's one thing to simply be a conservative (selfish) thinker, but all we have is a lot of RACIST conservatives in office. Scott and Love have to stay where they are....otherwise the will be replaced by other racist conservatives who will be happy to continue nominating other racists, sexual predators, liars and cheats.

Miami Beach Police Officer Adriel Dominguez sucker-punched a Black man identified as Lowell Poitier Jr., a 35-year-old homeless man, at a hotel in Miami.

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Jasmine Headley, age 23, was carrying her child into a city agency building in Brooklyn where SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is located, and sat on the floor to wait as there were no more chairs. A bystander, Nyashia Ferguson, who goes by the name Monae Sinclair on Facebook, reported she saw a security guard confront Headley and the two got into an argument. Security called the police, and when they arrived, Headley tried to explain, but they cut her off. That's when things got ugly.

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John Kelly Owes Frederica Wilson an Apology Before He Leaves the White House

"I hope he will offer a long overdue apology to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for lying about her in the press," tweeted Rep. Barbara Lee.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly will exit his post by the end of the year. During his tenure, Kelly has contributed to the administration's perpetual disrespect of Black women, including Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). He made up a lie about her.

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Kevin Hart Steps Down from Hosting Oscars

The Academy gave Hart the ultimatum to apologize or step down over past homophobic tweets. But the Academy has its own issues it needs to face.

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Comedian Kevin Hart tweeted on Tuesday that being selected to host the 2019 Oscars was the "opportunity of a lifetime." On Friday, Hart said that he was stepping down over past anti-gay tweets.

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Viral Video Sparks Debate on Racial Disparities in How Police Use Force

A video of a white man yelling at a white cop, without physical consequences, has more than 1 million views.

Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.

So when a video of an unidentified white man spewing expletives at an officer, throwing his license at the officer, and threatening to kill the officer, without any physical consequences, started circulating on Twitter, it went viral with more than 1 million views this week.

People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:

There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".

FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.

Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.

For example, in Orlando's International Airport in August, a white male Trump supporter tackled to the ground by police for being a disruptive passenger knew his privilege, when he said, "You're being rough with me. You're f***ing treating me like a Black person."

Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?

VA Diversity Official's Statement Against White Supremacists Rejected by Trump Appointee

Georgia Coffey reached a tipping point when her request to condemn white supremacists after the deadly Charlottesville, Va., rally was squashed by a Department of Veterans Affairs communications official, according to emails

A white supremacists carries the Confederate flag in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. / REUTERS

The top communications official at the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly told Georgia Coffey, the chief diversity officer, not to condemn white supremacists after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va. Coffey chose to rock the bigot boat, but frustrated by lack of support from the Trump administration, she jumped ship.

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NYPD Discovery Hearing Set for Cop Who Killed Eric Garner

Thursday's hearing could result in Daniel Pantaleo being terminated from the force.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold which killed him, is scheduled for a disciplinary conference on Thursday that could result in the termination of his job.

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ICE Tried to Deport an American Citizen to Jamaica, He's Suing

Peter Sean Brown was released from ICE custody after a friend sent a copy of his birth certificate to ICE, according to the suit.

Peter Sean Brown was detained by Florida authorities and flagged for deportation after a request from ICE. Brown was born in Philadelphia and a Florida Keys resident.

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