Robert P Casey Jr, Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Joeseph Simon Donnelly, Senator for Indiana
Christopher Coons, Senator for Delaware
Mary Kathryn Heitkamp, Senator for North Dakota
Joseph Manchin III, Senator for West Virgina
Mark Lunsford Pryor, Senator for Arkansas
John Walsh, Senator for Montana
All of you have distinguished yourselves by failing your President, in the Senate of the United States on March the 5th, 2014. You could have helped the President of the United States get his appointment confirmed to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, but you chickened out. You voted against President Barack Obama’s candidate: Debo Adegbile.
You are all members of the Democratic party – doesn’t that mean when the President of your party selects someone to work for him; you should vote to confirm his choice: if the candidate is qualified.
Why did you vote against Debo Adegbile? Is he not qualified?
The reason your ‘Honorable’ Republican colleagues in the Senate voted against him is because he successfully led a team of NAACP lawyers representing Mumia Abu-Jamal, an African-American man convicted of the murder of a policeman – Daniel Faulkner- in Pennsylvania: reducing his sentence on appeal from death to life imprisonment. The fact that Debo Adegbile was able to get the Supreme Court to vacate a death penalty sentence seems to more than demonstrate Mr. Adegbile’s competence as a lawyer and advocate. Debo Adegbile also had a strong case, at the time of Daniel Faulkner’s murder in 1981, Philadelphia was having an inter-racial war. Even the highly biased United States Supreme Court could not fail to recognize several irregularities in the trial against Mumia Abu-Jamal, and decided that his death sentence should be struck down. At the time of his original 1982 trial, Mumia Abu-Jamal faced a racially hostile court with defiance. As a witness, he testified more against the unfairness of the court itself; his judge – Albert F. Sabo – and his attorney – Anthony E. Jackson – rather than speaking to the facts of the case against him.
We still have not discovered why you voted against confirming Debo Adegbile. He seems like the perfect candidate to lead the Civil Rights division in the Department of Justice. Is it because Debo Adegbile is a black man?
There is little doubt why your Republican colleagues voted against Debo Adegbile’s confirmation – the institutional racism of the Republican party is well established.
Why did you vote with the Republicans?
Giving you the benefit of the doubt – assuming you are not racists yourselves. It seems you voted along with your racist Republican colleagues against a highly qualified African-American candidate for high office; because of your fear that Republicans in your state might find some racist candidate to run against you in the mid-term elections. So, you voted as you did because of your fear of losing your job. What if you had voted for Debo Adegbile anyway? We would have had one more good man in the Justice department. We are not going to defeat racism in the United States by siding with the racists. In your vote on Debo Adegbile, even if you do not hold racist views yourself, you have now demonstrated with this vote: the same racism as your Republican colleagues.
Political office should not be an end in itself. It is an opportunity to act with justice.
Take a stand.
Judge people on their merits.
Get out there and campaign about fairness.
You might be surprised – I believe most Americans are trying to be fair.
Americans will support someone who is principled – doing what they feel is right.