NAACP official: Trump judicial nominee 'a product of the modern white supremacist machine'

NAACP official: Trump judicial nominee 'a product of the modern white supremacist machine'
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The president of North Carolina's NAACP ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE's nominee for a federal court in the Tar Heel State, referring to him as "a product of the modern white supremacist machine."

"Among President Trump’s worrisome nominees to the judiciary, perhaps none is as alarming as Thomas Alvin Farr, a protégé of Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina senator, and a product of the modern white supremacist machine that Mr. Helms pioneered," William Barber II wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in The New York Times.

In the op-ed, Barber wrote that African-Americans who are seeking to have their rights protected under federal law "have much to fear" if Farr takes the bench.


The NAACP official called for senators from both sides of the aisle to "condemn the experience Mr. Farr brings with him."

"Having practiced white supremacy for decades, Mr. Farr is not likely to withdraw," Barber wrote.

"Every senator who condemned the racism on display in Charlottesville must vote to prevent it from having power in the federal judiciary," he added, referring to a white nationalist rally in the Virginia city in August that turned violent.

Farr, who is an attorney in private practice, has represented state Republican leadership in redistricting and voting rights cases.

In a report earlier this year, the liberal Alliance for Justice noted Farr recently defended North Carolina in cases challenging the state's strict voter ID law. The law was ultimately struck down by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals which said Republican legislators enacted the law with the intent to discriminate against black voters.

When the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in October to send Farr's nomination for the Eastern District of North Carolina to the Senate floor for a vote, civil rights groups blasted GOP senators.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wrote a letter earlier this year to the committee opposing Farr's nomination.

In its letter, the CBC reminded committee members that Farr served as the lawyer on Jesse Helms’s campaign for a North Carolina Senate seat in 1990. The campaign was accused of mailing 100,000 postcards, mostly to African-Americans, warning they might be ineligible to vote and could be arrested if they came to the polls.