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SOTU and Civil Rights



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There was mercifully little in last night’s State of the Union speech related to civil-rights issues. It was too bad that the president said, “And I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential”; after all, why should efforts for those “facing especially tough odds” be limited to those of a particular color, or sex for that matter? The underlying problem facing, disproportionately, “young men of color” is that they are brought up by unmarried women, a problem the president did not address. 

Hans von Spakovsky rightly notes that the president’s discussion of voting rights was misleading; but I was relieved it was so brief and tepid (note that he described the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision as only having “weakened” the Voting Rights Act, rather than the Act being “gutted,” the Left’s verb of choice here). Worse was his demagogic harangue about equal pay for women, as if they were not already guaranteed equal pay for equal work by several federal laws; the bill he wants is more for the benefit of plaintiffs’ lawyers and social engineers, not women.



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