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March 7, 2014

First Lani Guinier, Now Debo Adegbile: What Do White Lawmakers Have Against Brilliant Black Attorneys?

First Lani Guinier, Now Debo Adegbile: What Do White Lawmakers Have Against Brilliant Black Attorneys?


Do yourself a favor and watch the ALL IN with Chris Hayes segment (below) on how Republicans torpedoed Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. The irony here is that the appeal Adegbile submitted on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is accused of killing a police officer, was based on the idea that Abu-Jamal’s Constitutional rights had been violated, and the Republican appointed judges who decided the case agreed with Adegbile and others at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.

So if Adegbile was on the right side of the law, why did the entire right wing, and several Senate Democrats, join forces to defeat him?

Fox News looped footage of Abu-Jamal to make Adegbile’s nomination about a scary black (alleged) cop killer with dreadlocks, but it wasn’t about that at all. This was about Adegbile, a brilliant attorney who’d argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Voting Rights Act, a man who no Republican lawmaker wanted to see take up the mantle of the Voting Rights Act with the force and power of the U.S. government behind him.

Adegbile would’ve been aggressive in his challenges to states enacting new disenfranchisement laws and Republicans knew it. All Democrats should’ve backed Adegbile since they would’ve benefited from those challenges, but as usual, they tucked their tails and ran.

Also, as NAACP’s Ben Jealous noted, this isn’t the first time an NAACP lawyer has been hung out to dry by Democrats. Lani Guinier, who was also nominated to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, was thrown under the bus  by then President Bill Clinton when the GOP misrepresented her position on quotas. See a pattern? If things continue along these lines, it’s hard to envision another  Supreme Court Justice in the mold of Thurgood Marshall, and maybe that’s the point.

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7 thoughts on “First Lani Guinier, Now Debo Adegbile: What Do White Lawmakers Have Against Brilliant Black Attorneys?

  1. Watchful says:

    Y’all had better get it in ur headz that there ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between the 2 major political parties when it comes to our ppl. As I’ve said several other times on this blog, they’re 2 wings of the same bird and they represent and defend the status quo. Y’all better stop expecting them to act on ur behalf or else u’ll continue to be fooled again, and again, and again, and again, etc., etc.

  2. London_girl says:

    The Union League or Loyal League, post-Civil War used violence to get the South to vote Republican. The Southern Democrats used violence through the KKK. Both parties use tactics to undermine Blacks, and some Whites.

  3. CarolParks says:

    Watchful  They both are corrupt, BUT The REPUKES are a THOUSAND TIMES WORSE! Everyone of the Republicans voted against the benefit package for the Veterans in this country last Friday. They have voted against anything for the Veterans, but will vote to go to war. Many Veterans are vlowing their brains out because they have to wait a minmum of six months to get help after they get home. There are too many horror stories to mention. And 44.5 MILLION American Blacks are in the military.

    The SYG Laws are in 24 GOP States. The Democratic states do not have these laws. If Florida votes out this #### GOP Gov., & gets a Democratic one, those SYG Laws will be defeated. Which means they won’t be getting away with killing kids anymore. Yes, I know our system stinks, but for now it’s all we have. And to not vote, and let these REPUKES take over is not ok with me.

    They are against everyone including women, and anyone you can think of except the very rich. They are the ones who cut BILLIONS in food stamps. Anything they have done has been detrimental to our country as a whole. You cannot say that about the Democratic Party. They have done a lot , and this President has done a lot of good. GW Bush destroyed this country then handed it to Obama. And everyone expects miracles from him. Well, I think it was a miracle that he kept this country from going into the worst depression imaginable. He has done some things I am not thrilled with, but he has also done some wonderful things. If Mitt RobMe had won, we would have been at war with Iran & Syria by now. And maybe Russia too. Bernie Sanders fights everyday for the Veterans in this country and he is a Democrat. Elizabeth Warren has fought against Wall Street & the Banks and exposed them long ago for what they are. She is one of the few who do not take any lobbist money & fights for the people, all people. So, we have a few good people left who are not corrupt. You may not think so, but voting is the only real power we have. Until we have another choice we cannot let the REPUKES Rule this country and continue to kill children, ignore the Veterans, ignore the poor, & the middle class, and try & put women back another 50 years, along with everyone else. Peoplpe don’t vote and what happens? You get the Tea Party, SYG Laws, CUT BILLIONS in Food Stamps, ETC……all these programs to help people CUT. The Unions CUT, there is no voice for the people in America anymore, because they are getting away with cutting everything that most people took for granted. Social Security & Medi Care is next. “Entitlement Programs” Which is more BS because they think they are entitled to people’s hard earned money that was supposed to go into an interest bearing account for retirement. Only it went to the WARS instead. They are stealing everyone blind. Chenney & GW Bush made BILLIONS off Iraq. And, to top it off the REPUKES are the most Racist Group with The Tea Bags in America.

  4. CarolParks says:


  5. Watchful says:


    Well if voting is the only real power we have then we might as well concede cuz that’s no real power at all IMO. 

    BTW,  I know he tends to vote with the so-called liberal dems but, isn’t Sen.Sanders an independent? I actually disagree with him on y ppl have given up on the political process, I believe the real reason is bcuz they can’t find any candidates that they can really trust to represent their interests once they’re elected/selected. Alotta ppl that stopped voting did it bcuz they could see thru the con game that’s been played on them by the 2 major political parties. U know, It’s the old  ‘good cop, bad cop’ game with the dems playin’ the ‘good cop’ role and the repubs playin’ the ‘bad cop’ role, but in the end they’re both tryna lock ur ass up.

  6. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks

     I don’t understand how you can think that, but it’s your priviledge.

    My thinking is these laws are passed because people do not vote. You have the Tea Party, the GOP and they are the ones who are mainly putting in these laws that are against equal rights, and they are the ones supporting this political prison system, and unfair laws, & judgements. 

    Look at history, Hitler took over because the people let him. We are letting these GOP  take over when we don’t vote. That is why people died to get the voting priveledge for everyone in this country, including women who also were not allowed to vote until 1920. I would rather have the choice to vote then to not have any choice. But, that’s just me. 

    Yes, you are correct Bernie Sanders is an Independant. But, he sides with the Dem;s. You might find this interesting, he is really a great guy. One of the few.

    The only thing I know for sure, is this country is in a world of hurt, & a huge mess. We are not progressing at all.

  7. Watchful says:


    Well, I’m in complete agreement with ur final comment, we r indeed in a world of hurt and I believe it’s only gonna get worse … much worse.

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