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27 January 2014

Black Dems Oppose Obama Judicial Nominee for Having Same Record as Party Chair DuBose Porter

(Obama judicial nominee Mike Boggs and Georgia Democratic Party chair DuBose Porter both voted to keep this flag flying.)
We here at Georgia Unfiltered pride ourselves on our knowledge of Georgia history. And we frequently refer to this great state's illustrious history to give our readers the proper perspective and context of present day events.

Thirteen years ago, Georgia changed its flag. In fact, thirteen years ago this Friday, Governor Roy Barnes signed House Bill 16 into law, removing the St. Andrew's Cross (more commonly known as the Confederate battle flag) from its prominent position on the state banner of Georgia.

Two state Representatives were counted among the 82 votes against removing the Confederate flag from Georgia's flag; Mike Boggs and DuBose Porter [Georgia. General Assembly. House. (2001). House Journal, Volume 1, pgs 206 - 207.].

Porter is now the state Democratic Party chairman. Boggs is a Judge on the state Court of Appeals, and a nominee to be a Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Black Democrats have not been secretive about their outrage at President Obama for nominating Judge Boggs to the federal bench.

President Barack Obama has upset Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other civil rights leaders by ignoring their input in picking four nominees to fill vacancies on the federal bench in Georgia’s Northern District.

On Monday, Lewis and fellow Presidential Medal of Freedom winners Joseph Lowery and C.T. Vivian are expected to ask Obama to withdraw his nominees — a demand that is unlikely to be met — amid concerns about the judges’ records and convictions on matters of importance to African-Americans, as well as Obama’s process for selecting them.

The civil rights leaders object to Boggs, in part, because, as a member of the state Legislature, he once voted to keep in place the Confederate-themed Georgia state flag.

Allen, Jonathan (23 December 2013). Civil rights leaders to hit Obama on judges. Politico. Retrieved on 27 January 2014.

"The views of some of these nominees reflect the regressive politics of the past," Congressmen David Scott, a member of the Georgia state Democratic committee, wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D - Vermont) [Bluestein, Galloway, and Malloy (6 January 2014). Your daily jolt: David Scott to challenge Georgia judicial nominees. Political Insider with Jim Galloway. Retrieved on 27 January 2014.].

"Do you think a white president, a George W. Bush, a Republican president – any white president – would appoint these kinds of nominees with the confederate flag background? With the voter suppression background? That White House would have been maimed by people crying out," Scott told The Hill [Lillis, Mike (26 January 2014). Black lawmakers to go after Obama
. The Hill. Retrieved on 27 January 2014.].

Congressmen David Scott and his black Democrat colleagues make a fair point. If a Republican president nominated a person to the federal bench who once voted to keep the Confederate flag on the state's flag, the cries of racism would be deafening.

Yet, these same black Democrats were silent when DuBose Porter was elected state Democratic Party chairman. Mike Boggs and DuBose Porter have the same record. They both have the same Confederate background. Boggs and Porter both voted to keep the Confederate flag on Georgia's state flag. If Boggs reflects the regressive politics of the past, what does Porter represent?

These black Democrats can't have it both ways. They can't be selective in their outrage. Either they support Mike Boggs' nomination to the bench or they call on DuBose Porter to resign as Georgia Democratic Party chairman.

It's that simple.