Civil rights leader William Barber II, the president of North Carolina’s NAACP, blasted President Trump‘s nominee for a federal court in North Carolina, Thomas Alvin Farr, as “a product of the modern white supremacist machine” who has “practiced white supremacy for decades.”
“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, he wrote that African Americans “have much to fear” if Thomas Farr “takes the bench.”
He called for senators from both parties to “condemn the experience Mr. Farr brings with him.”
“Having practiced white supremacy for decades, Mr. Farr is not likely to withdraw,” he wrote.
“Every senator who condemned the racism on display in Charlottesville must vote to prevent it from having power in the federal judiciary.”
The Hill added:
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 Senate Republicans.
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wrote a letter earlier this year to the committee opposing Farr’s nomination, reminding its members that Farr served as the lawyer on Jesse Helms’s 1992 N.C. Senate campaign, which was accused of mailing 100,000 postcards to African-Americans warning they might be arrested if they came to the polls.