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In nominating Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General, President Barack Obama has turned to the daughter of a Baptist preacher and a staunch defender of civil rights to become the nation’s top law enforcer. Lynch is an outstanding choice. Obama, the nation’s first Black president, is also sending a clear signal to this republic that he’s committed to an African-American lawyer holding the job as Attorney General during the last two years of his presidency – and he’s making history once again.

If confirmed, Lynch would become the first Black woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General while replacing Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General.

“Throughout her 30-year career she has distinguished herself as tough, as fair, an independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. attorney’s offices in the country,” the President said at the nomination ceremony for Lynch, who is currently the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “She has spent years in the trenches as a prosecutor aggressively fighting terrorism, financial fraud, cybercrime — all while vigorously defending civil rights,” Obama said.

Obama is proudly inserting his blackness into his nomination for Attorney General, which cements his legacy as a president who is dedicated to civil rights, social justice and judicial equality for African Americans and citizens of color.

“The nomination of Ms. Lynch, who would become the nation’s first African-American female Attorney General, has signaled that the President is uncompromising and determined that our country’s top attorney be dedicated to doing what is right for the American people,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a statement. “President Obama has nominated one of the best and brightest to help lead this nation and move our justice system forward.”

As a child, Lynch would “ride on the shoulders” of her father, a Baptist minister, as he helped organize desegregation activists, the President said. Her grandfather, Obama said, was a sharecropper who had helped poor Blacks get legal help in the Jim Crow south of the 1930s. Years later, Lynch, 55, is following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather of seeking justice for African-Americans.

In 1997, Lynch was a federal prosecutor in New York during the high-profile racial case of police brutality where New York City police used a broomstick to sodomize a Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima, in a precinct bathroom. Lynch prosecuted the police officers that abused Louima and covered up the crime.

Today, Lynch is being nominated for Attorney General at a time when the Justice Department is investigating the racially-charged police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. This month, the grand jury is expected to decide whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9.

The President believes Lynch would continue to embrace the administration’s philosophy of aggressively prosecuting civil rights violations and Obama feels confident that Lynch’s background makes her an ideal candidate for the position.

“Loretta has spent her entire life fighting for fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy,” Obama said. For those civil rights activists who were concerned about Holder’s replacement, they can now breathe a collective sigh of relief.

“The NAACP commends President Obama for nominating Loretta E. Lynch to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States,” Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP, said in a statement. “Her nomination couldn’t have come at a more critical time in our nation’s history.  We look forward to working with Ms. Lynch to ensure that our nation’s voting rights laws, employment protection laws and anti-housing discrimination laws are strictly and fairly enforced.”

Obama has called for the confirmation of Lynch “without delay” though a final vote may not take place until January when the new Republican Senate convenes. Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said the next Congress should consider Lynch’s nomination because outgoing lawmakers “are no longer accountable to the voters.”

“Ms. Lynch will receive fair consideration by the Senate,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who becomes majority leader in the Senate in January. “And her nomination should be considered in the new Congress through regular order.”

But supporters of Lynch argue that her confirmation should not be stalled. Political pundits speculate that Lynch will be confirmed, but only after being grilled by Republican lawmakers.

“The nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the new Attorney General of the United States is applaudable and deserving,” Rev. Al Sharpton, head of The National Action Network, said in a statement. “She is an excellent and worthy choice to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder in his groundbreaking work for the American people. I have known Ms. Lynch since she was on the team around the Abner Louima case in the late nineties. Though we have not always agreed on cases, I have always seen her operate in the most fair, balanced, and just manner. Americans would be served greatly by her becoming our next Attorney General and the President should be given kudos for such a nomination.”

Lynch was born in Greensboro, N.C., in 1959, a year before black students sat at a whites-only lunch counter that served as a catalyst for nationwide civil rights protests. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

“The Department of Justice is the only cabinet department named for an ideal,” Lynch said. “And this is actually appropriate, for our work is both aspirational and grounded in gritty reality. It’s both ennobling and profoundly challenging. Today I stand before you so thrilled, and frankly so humbled, to have the opportunity to lead this group of wonderful people who work all day and well into the night to make that ideal a manifest reality.”

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19 thoughts on “Loretta Lynch Is The Right Choice For Attorney General – But Will The GOP See It That Way?

  1. knutsen on said:

    Inform yourself, truth is power, imagine if this was a white AG who didn’t support a particular punishment just because they felt it would affect more whites and hispanics than blacks. Would you feel that the white AG was a racist and didn’t deserve to serve in a public position? Answer truthfully.

    Obama’s nominee for the Department of Justice–Loretta Lynch–strongly opposed the death penalty because it led to more dead blacks.

    She also sarcastically suggested that more whites would be executed if we had the death penalty for nonviolent fraud.

    During his first tenure as U.S. Attorney from 1999 to 2001, Lynch deliberately chose not to seek the death penalty because she worried it would lead to more blacks being executed, according to a 2002 roundtable discussion obtained by and displayed in full below.

    From that discussion:

    “Loretta Lynch argued that the relative ease with which the death penalty was invoked when defendants were likely to be African-American or Hispanic suggested a systemic disregard for minority citizens. “Apply the death penalty to securities fraud prosecutions and wipe out [the racial disparity] just like that,” she suggested, knowing that no legislature would even imagine such a strategy. But when the defendants are primarily poor and minority, she said, “you don’t have anybody there on the floor of Congress saying, ‘Wait a minute.’”

    By her own admission, Lynch had to “repeatedly…explain [her decision] not to seek the penalty.”

    Even if it were possible to fix the death penalty, Lynch argued that capital punishment would be unacceptable because it led to more blacks and Hispanics being killed.

    Lynch’s anti-death views are more problematic as she has now been nominated to replace Eric Holder by Barack Obama

    • knutsen on said:

      now if she wanted to kill off a bunch of whites by making child molestation punishable by death I would completely support her. And so would most of white america. Keep in mind folks. Taking a human life is a big deal. I for one do not want anyone who has such little respect for life walking the street. Whatever race the murderer is. And they can take the child molesters with them.

  2. TimeKeeper and EIB you can’t make this stuff up. This is not the america MLK dreamed about.

    Racialists across America complain that minority students (chiefly blacks, not so much Chinese, for instance) are suspended for misbehavior at higher rates than whites. Questions of subculture and behavior are secondary to the quota mentality.

    Among the most politically correct cities in the nation, the Minneapolis Public Schools responded to these concerns with a new policy that makes a mockery of the concept of equal protection under the laws. Warner Todd Huston writes in Breitbart:

    The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent’s approval.
    The MPS has been stung by reports that students of color are 10 times more likely to receive a suspension than white students. The Minneapolis school system has an enrollment of over 32,000 students. Seventy percent are non-white.

    School superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, a black woman, maintains that she wants to “disrupt” the current suspension trends.

    Superintendent Johnson says that her new policy is aimed at forcing local school administrators to deeply “probe” the reasons for issuing a suspension before that punishment is handed out.

    This policy means that 30% of the student body will be denied the safeguard of a review that applies to the majority nonwhite population. They are singled out, in other words.

    So much for equality

  3. Morales on said:

    a bunch of racist people on here and they are not all white. People you need to check yourselves. Hate doesn’t help anything. As for this girl, she has already proven to place the color of her skin before all else. She wouldn’t treat all americans with the same respect that she would others that look like her.

  4. Oops, Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and acknowledged co-architect of Obamacare let the truth slip out, revealing the contempt he and his allies had for Americans.

    “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

    Clarice Feldman comments:

    But it wasn’t “Stupid voters”, it was stupid Democrats in Congress who were the only people who voted for ACA

  5. Timekeeper on said:

    You all should know, if you don’t already. the Koch Brothers, Citizens United and other far right wing groups actually pay people to Troll this site and purposely say the most mean and hateful things they can think of. The best thing you can do is ignore these infarioous statements. They are simply getting their kicks and get paid in the process. Let that nonsense go, none of them are worth it. Remember, it is not what goes into a person that defiles them, but the evilness that comes out of their mouth

    • Since when did truth = hate
      Oooooh did you see the video of the obamacare architect where he admitted obama had to lie and deceive the american public to get the ACA passed? He said obama relied on the “stupidity of the american voter to get the ACA passed”

  6. blackspeak on said:

    The GOP is not about to give President Obama the pleasure of another black AG…. and he KNOWS this… He’s just messing with them and pushing their “racist buttons”….

    • At least you acknowlege tht the president isn’t serious about being a leader and just wants to get his bully kicks from teasing people.

      • blackspeak on said:

        yeah, but those frothing republicans and tea party don’t know that… they are falling all over themselves trying to deny, delay or otherwise obstruct any and everything President Obama does.

  7. To: Ignorant Manny:

    Who do you think created the mess in this country, white men! And they continue to do so! And then here you come with the drug smuggling; picking up where the white men left off! So, who are you to talk and name call. I could go on and on, but you’re not worth all of my time!

  8. In what way is she the right person? She’s against voter ID laws. She’s a female Holder. She is another lying, lowlife appointee from Obamass. Wouldn’t vote for her if you threatened me with death.

  9. That’s the last time I vote for a fuckin ni–er!i speak for all in America how youall betta actsomebody dis imanispation proclamation dees white foks just plain iggnit. Lurk a lesson don’t vote for racist monkeys again

  10. Toni Anthony on said:

    Wow? The sad truth! Well up until this point it was racial entitlement a/k/a the normal thing but now since things are done but with open playing fields (inclusion of all races in the selection) then there seems to be a problem? How about all the names of most eligible applicants be put on the table (Race/Color/Sex/Religion of the Applicant’s Not Disclosed) so the best and highest ranking team of people on the Presidents selected personnel (Minus Al Sharpton) and they select the most qualified person for the position finding out the race/sex AFTER the selection is made? This seems like the only way things will not be decided based on one’s race/color/sex or religion or simply the Chicago way nepotism.

    • Oh shut up. She is qualified. As for the race thing, so when a black person hire a hire person, there is a problem but a white man can hire white men an women and it is not questions ask. SHUT UP.

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