Thursday, September 16, 2010

U.S. Commission On Civil Rights To Debate Its Own Existence After Promoting Conservative Values

Talking Points Memo
September 15, 2010

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting its national conference tomorrow in D.C., but don't expect a big turnout of civil rights organizations.

"I'm not attending the conference. I think it's a sham," Wade Henderson, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told TPM.

The USCCR, established in 1957 as a bulwark against racial discrimination against African-Americans, has historically been associated with a pro civil rights agenda. But under the presidency of George W. Bush, conservatives who had long opposed the commission's work were able to stack the commission with like-minded commissioners, who took the agency in a different direction -- including focusing much of its work on instances of reverse racism.