Will Senate Democrats tolerate racism?
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (1963)
It is the golden rule of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The words spoken during the struggle for civil rights - when Democrat Party Governors like George Wallace and Lester Maddox were fighting a coalition of honest Democrats and Republicans to prevent equality before the law - back when even a “new South” Governor like Jimmy Carter got elected using crass appeals to race.
We were thinking about how Americans, as a society, like to congratulate ourselves on “how far we’ve come” when, every now and then, something happens that makes us understand that we haven’t moved at all - we’ve just rearranged the setting. Once active discrimination was condoned against group A, and now it’s condoned against group B. Nothing has changed… and let Dr. King’s words be damned.
Look on Dr. King’s words and contemplate that golden rule and then read this statement by Frank Argote-Freyre, President of the Latino Action Network:
“We urge the Senate to reject these nominations and instead work with Governor Christie to ensure that any one of a number of well qualified Latinos have a place on the Court. Five nominations without one Latino is enough.”
Mr. Argote-Freyre was talking about Governor Christie’s nomination of two people to the New Jersey Supreme Court. We don’t know much about them, but apparently Mr. Argote-Freyre knows enough about them to demand that they not be allowed to serve as members of the Court. What Mr. Argote-Freyre knows is that they are not members of his ethnic group, and that is enough for him to want to bar them from serving.
It’s rather sad, because - aside from a good many other things - these two nominees share a common humanity with Mr. Argote-Freyre. Shouldn’t that be enough to at least get them a consideration?
Let the Senate Judiciary do its work on vetting their qualifications, but let’s not make one of those qualifications the color of their skin. Follow Dr. King on this. Ignore Argote-Freyre.