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The Four “Most Pressing” Civil-Rights Issues


Over the holidays, and in a predictable if ham-handed attempt to capitalize on the Trent Lott fiasco, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights—an umbrella organization for various pillars of the civil rights establishment—sent a letter to President Bush, listing the four “most pressing” items on its “equal justice” agenda. They are (drum roll, please): maintaining racial discrimination in university admissions, opposing some of the president’s better judicial nominations, hate crimes legislation (so that crimes that are already crimes can be prosecuted not only as crimes but also as hate crimes), and making sure Congress spends $3.9 billion—that’s billion, with a “b”—on the recently passed “Help America Vote Act.” Quite an impressive agenda. How are these people able to continue raising money, anyhow?