On the most perfunctory day of the grandstanding media circus that was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing, Congressional Black Caucus head Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., criticized the judge for once writing that “we are all one race.”
Yes, during a section of his prepared testimony that cast aspersions on Kavanaugh’s history on the issue of affirmative action, Richmond said it was “troublesome” that, while working in private practice some 20 years ago, the nominee wrote that the future Supreme Court would eventually recognize that “in the eyes of the government, we are just one race.”
Richmond also brought up his testimony against Attorney General Jeff Sessions during Sessions’ confirmation hearing last year, reminding the committee that he told them that Sessions “doesn’t care about civil rights.” For reference, Sessions sought the death penalty for a Ku Klux Klan murderer in Alabama and marched at the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama.
Very slight correx: According to Richmond's prepared testimony, the quote was: “in the eyes of the government, we are just one race.”
— Nate Madden (@NateMaddenCRTV) September 7, 2018
Sessions’ Department of Justice is currently investigating Harvard University’s affirmative action program, claiming that it discriminates against students of Asian descent.
Richmond also addressed the Harvard investigation, saying that, because of the probe, his caucus is “deeply troubled by the increased likelihood this issue will come before the Supreme Court in short order.”
If you’re tired of the mostly scripted hysteria surrounding this confirmation process, you’re not alone. I discussed the matter in greater detail with Stephen Herreid of CatholicVote.