Lindsey Graham Asks, Are “Good Old Days” Of Segregation Coming Back?

In the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, Lindsey Graham took his turn to ask the nominee about her positions. Speaking about her position on the landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, Lindsey Graham asked about a return to segregation. He asked her if she thought anyone intended to return to “the good old days” of segregation.

Lindsey Graham calls segregation good old days
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Graham’s attempt at sarcasm or hyperbole fell flat, failing to take into account that every civil right fought for in America has not been a battle won and over, but an ongoing battle to maintain. America’s history of attempts to overturn basic civil rights has been so egregious that until 2013, states with a history of imposing inequal restrictions on voting had to have approval from the federal government to pass new voting laws.

“You think Brown vs Board of Education is a superprecedent; you’re not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?”

The NAACP actually released a statement opposing the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett based on her record with regard to these same civil rights, and specifically addressing positions she has taken on workplace discrimination and segregation.

Her repeated endorsement of discrimination in the workplace—including the stunning conclusions that separate can be equal when it comes to race and that the use of racial epithets does not necessarily create a hostile work environment—mark a clear willingness to jettison longstanding civil rights precedents.

Barrett has specifically faced criticism for an opinion in which she said that an employee did not prove that his workplace was a hostile environment by proving that a supervisor called him a racial epithet, saying the employee “introduced no evidence that [his supervisor’s] use of the n-word changed his subjective experience of the workplace.”

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