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Thread #62901   Message #1409289
Posted By: Amos
14-Feb-05 - 10:28 AM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Bush Administration Removes Critical Report From Website, Replaces Civil Rights Commission Chair

By Drog (Canada), Section United States of America
Posted on Fri Feb 11th, 2005 at 10:38:31 AM PST

From Wikinews:

A report documenting the civil rights record of the Bush administration has been removed from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' website. The report was submitted to the administration in December by a committee, chaired by Mary Frances Berry, who has served as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for nearly 25 years.

The report, Redefining Rights in America: The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration (pdf link) described setbacks to a range of civil rights issues from policies that have further polarized communities. One week after Berry submitted the report, the Bush administration forced her out, announcing her replacement before she had actually resigned. The new chair, attorney Gerald A. Reynolds, was quoted in a New York Times article as saying he believed traditional civil rights group "overstate the problem" of racial discrimination. His appointment has been termed "a disaster" by NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond.

In an exclusive interview with Tolerance.org February 9, Berry warns of further erosion to civil rights, with a weakened Civil Rights Commission unable to press the Justice Department to enforce the laws.....



Here is a link to the report the Bush Administration suppressed:

Redefining Rights in America: The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration

Here is a link to the original article on this subject..

Here is a link the interview with Mary Berry on the current condition of Civil Rights.

A week before the Bush administration forced her out, Berry and vice-chair Cruz Reynoso submitted a 166-page report critical of the President Redefining Rights in America: The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration.

In a letter to President Bush accompanying the report, Berry and Reynoso wrote, "your administration has missed opportunities to win consensus on key civil rights issues ranging from affirmative action, to fair housing, to immigration, to voting rights. Instead, you have adopted policies that further divide an already deeply torn nation."

Response to the report was swift. The White House announced a new appointee before Berry actually resigned.


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