U.S. Commission on Civil Rights trashes Bush administration for lack of leadership on civil rights.


Washington, DC – In an assessment of the civil rights record of the Bush administration, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a draft report that concludes the administration has failed to exhibit leadership or define a clear focus, relegating civil rights to a low priority.

OK, everyone say it with me now: Well, duh!

The report, Redefining Rights in America-The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001-2004, analyzes scores of policy reports, scholarly papers, briefs and executive orders to chart the administration’s responses to a broad spectrum of civil rights issues. Similar criteria have guided evaluations of previous administrations, including the civil rights review on former President Clinton released in 2000.

Some highlights of the report include:

  • Voting Rights: The Bush administration did not provide leadership to ensure timely passage and swift implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. As a result, Congress did not appropriate funds for election reform until almost two years into the administration.
  • Equal Educational Opportunity: The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) does not sufficiently address unequal education, a major barrier to closing the achievement gap between minority and white students.
  • Affirmative Action: Instead of promoting affirmative action in federal contracting and education, the administration promotes “race neutral alternatives,” in many instances not applicable and in others not overly effective at maintaining diversity.
  • Environmental Justice: EPA has taken few actions to ensure disparate impact of minority communities to environmental contamination.
  • Racial Profiling: The administration responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by instituting regulations that facilitate profiling rather than prevent it. Immigrants and visitors from Arab and Middle Eastern countries were subjected to increased scrutiny, including interviews, registration, and in some cases removal.

For a full draft of the report titled Redefining Rights in America-The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001-2004, visit www.usccr.gov.

CONTACT: LAURA HART 202.833.9771


I often wonder if Bush and his cronies read press releases like this one and then toss their heads back and just laugh and laugh.

9 thoughts on “U.S. Commission on Civil Rights trashes Bush administration for lack of leadership on civil rights.

  1. Les,

    No, actually. He’s not even that good:

    DIANE SAWYER: (Off Camera) First of all, I just want to ask about reading. And, Mr. President, you know that there was a great deal of reporting about the fact that you said, first of all, that you let Condoleezza Rice and Andrew Card give you a flavor of what’s in the news.


    DIANE SAWYER: (Off Camera) That you don’t read the stories yourself.

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yeah. I get my news from people who don’t editorialize. They give me the actual news. And it makes it easier to digest, on a daily basis, the facts.

    DIANE SAWYER: (Off Camera) Is it just harder to read constant criticism or to read?

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Why even put up with it when you can get the facts elsewhere? I’m a lucky man. I’ve got, it’s not just Condi and Andy. It’s all kinds of people in my Administration who are charged with different responsibilities. And they come in and say, “this is what’s happening, this isn’t what’s happening.”

    DIANE SAWYER: (Off Camera) You don’t think you’re missing anything by not reading?

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Missing opinion.

    Found here.

  2. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Missing opinion.


    Translated, “I don’t have to hear any interpretation of the facts which might perforate my ideological bubble.”

    Oh man.  I so wish Bradley had been able to get the Dem nomination instead of Gore.  And I so wish he had won instead of Bush, and. . .  oh well.

  3. I wouldn’t be so sure of that Momma. I’m probably just being a conspiracy fanatic again but I can’t help but wonder if it’s just a badly designed suit or a badly installed wire.

    Anyway, check out:

    Just for shits and giggles check this out too:

    If he was really wired, this makes a mockery of the debates, or at least more of one than Bush’s rules of engagement already had.

  4. Ironically, they included inaction on “affirmitive action”, while a few posts down, everyone here seemed to be opposed to it.
    Does this mean we’re all opposed, in some way, to civil rights?

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