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Opposition grows as Trump seeks to make federal judge out of NC voter suppression champion

As reported in this space last week, the chorus of opposition to President Trump’s absurd nomination of one of North Carolina’s most notorious far right attorneys to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge continues to grow. This is from a letter issued yesterday by the North Carolina NAACP:

“The North Carolina NAACP takes serious exception to this nomination and to the efforts by Senators Tillis and Burr to advance the nomination of an individual who has repeatedly demonstrated his open hostility to the protection of the constitutional and civil rights of African Americans, Latinos and the poor in this State. It is the position of the NC NAACP State conference that if this nomination is confirmed, it will represent an historic insult to justice and to the people of North Carolina.

It is no secret that there are serious racial divisions which exist in North Carolina. Thomas Farr consistently has placed himself on the side of that division which seeks to oppress racial minorities. With this background, which we will discuss hereafter, North Carolinians of color, who represent a significant segment of this state’s population, can have no faith that they will receive equal and unbiased justice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Farr’s confirmation will guarantee that, once again, racial minorities cannot be assured that they can receive justice within our federal court system.”

The letter goes on to detail numerous instances in which Farr has dedicated much of his professional career to the disenfranchisement of African American voters and offer this summary conclusion:

“Based on his outspoken history and aggressive litigious style of opposing African Americans and the rights of the vulnerable, African Americans have no trust or faith that Thomas Farr can be independent, fair, and impartial in serving as member of the esteemed federal judiciary.”
Stay tuned. There are sure to be many more such voices speaking out in the days ahead.

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