If the Obama administration has done anything, it’s made people hyper-sensitive to racial issues — and by so doing, has further separated the gap between the races.
The most recent example came from Rep. Cedric Richmond, chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus, who was disgusted that witnesses appearing against the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general were scheduled to appear at the end of the hearings.
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The Louisiana Democrat likened it to the treatment of blacks in the 1950s South.
.@RepRichmond: Making senator, “civil rights legend” testify at end of hearing “equivalent of being made to go to the back of the bus.” pic.twitter.com/rzm4hbVxGz
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 11, 2017
Richmond said that scheduling these witnesses at the end was “equivalent of being made to go to the back of the bus.”
The Judiciary Committee hearings on Sessions’ confirmation consist of three panels. Panel I is dedicated to the nominee himself — to afford him the chance to answer questions posed to him by committee members.
Richmond’s beef is that he, Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J. and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., are scheduled to testify in Panel III rather than II.
Richmond took his gripe to Twitter.
“Having us testify at the end of this session, is equivalent to sitting at the back of the bus” pic.twitter.com/ZCu8r6516v
— Rep Cedric Richmond (@RepRichmond) January 11, 2017
Folks on social media thought he was taking things a bit too far on that one.
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@RepRichmond Behaving as if you’re somehow entitled to speak first, & speaking last makes you a victim, is why your party LOST the election.
— Jodi McPhee Giddings (@JodiGiddings) January 11, 2017
@RepRichmond grow up. Whining is not attractive for a grown man
— e devoe (@elliemae0404) January 11, 2017
@RepRichmond Take a seat… #whiner pic.twitter.com/2RrjWGKBPR
— Trump’s WreckingBall (@JanJohnsonFL) January 11, 2017
@ThisWeekABC @RepRichmond the most shameful, race based attack by a public official, and beneath the office of a congressman.
— Louis Lopez (@loucor75) January 11, 2017
@ThisWeekABC @RepRichmond Yeah yeah yeah – everyone is a racist! We have heard enough of this bull crap!
— Lily Von Schtupp (@LilVonSchtupp) January 11, 2017
.@RepRichmond Meanwhile, you think cops are pigs, right? pic.twitter.com/K6s1BA4N75
— Erick Brockway (@erickbrockway) January 11, 2017
Although Richmond’s education includes a degree from Tulane Law School, there’s no indication that he had ever practiced law.
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If he had he may have held his tongue on this one. It’s often advantageous to call your most important witnesses at the end, so that their testimony remains the freshest in the jurors minds.
But then again, that would mean denying him the ability to make an outrageous statement.
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