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Jose Garcia

(2,698 posts)
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 03:37 PM Dec 2019

Rep. Al Green blasts Judiciary Committee for lack of diversity in impeachment witnesses

Source: The Hill

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) slammed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a lack of diversity in a panel of witnesses during its first impeachment hearing.

Green — who has been one of the most vocal supporters of impeaching President Trump — argued it was a misstep to bring in four constitutional law experts: Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard Law School and director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law; Pamela Karlan, a professor of public interest law at Stanford Law School; Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law; and Jonathan Turley, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School who is also an opinion contributor for The Hill.

“It hurts my heart, Mr. Speaker, to see the Judiciary Committee hearing experts on the topic of impeachment, one of the seminal issues of this Congress. Hearing experts, Mr. Speaker, and not one person of color among the experts,” he said during a speech on the floor.

“What subliminal message are we sending to the world when we have experts but not one person of color? Are we saying that there are no people of color who are experts on this topic of impeachment? What is the message that we're sending? Mr. Speaker, if I am wrong, I will apologize, but if the committee is wrong, if the Congress is wrong, what will it do?”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/472978-rep-al-green-blasts-judiciary-committee-for-lack-of-diversity-in-impeachment

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Rep. Al Green blasts Judiciary Committee for lack of diversity in impeachment witnesses (Original Post) Jose Garcia Dec 2019 OP
Diversity should be a goal wherever possible I absolutely agree. hlthe2b Dec 2019 #1
He's right. fleur-de-lisa Dec 2019 #2
He is right... phandancer917 Dec 2019 #16
Not many founding fathers who signed on the line were minorities either, Backseat Driver Dec 2019 #3
More GOP talking points, trying to divide the Democratic Party again. Hestia Dec 2019 #4
Congressman Green is not a Republican. He is a Democrat. Jose Garcia Dec 2019 #5
I know, that's why what he said was so stupid maxrandb Dec 2019 #19
Oh come on, what is he looking for? The population of the US is roughly: George II Dec 2019 #6
He needs to focus on the task at hand. NurseJackie Dec 2019 #7
3/5 should work...... brooklynite Dec 2019 #8
Turley writes for The Hill? Couldn't they find a witness without a conflict of interest? muriel_volestrangler Dec 2019 #9
Great timing FrankBooth Dec 2019 #10
That is a stretch. LiberalFighter Dec 2019 #11
That is a bizarre argument, and makes no sense Dopers_Greed Dec 2019 #12
These weren't fact witnesses. Jose Garcia Dec 2019 #13
So what? FrankBooth Dec 2019 #14
Bring it up later, importantly. But right now it is a diversion tRump welcomes. . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2019 #15
Did he suggest anyone in particular? onenote Dec 2019 #17
Oh please, tell the chair that in private, don't make an issue of it, it distracts Perseus Dec 2019 #18
Did Rep. Green suggest a person of color who is also a nationally respected constitutional expert? Nitram Dec 2019 #20

hlthe2b

(103,332 posts)
1. Diversity should be a goal wherever possible I absolutely agree.
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 03:43 PM
Dec 2019

I'm not sure this selection of only three expert witnesses for the Dems would make the case of intentional exclusion, but I do take his point.

phandancer917

(145 posts)
16. He is right...
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 05:43 PM
Dec 2019

...but in this case....I feel also VERY irrelevant.

As for the impeachment hearings, The only person of color I am concerned about is the Orange asshole in the White House.

Backseat Driver

(4,475 posts)
3. Not many founding fathers who signed on the line were minorities either,
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 04:02 PM
Dec 2019

and many, including those that Americans have framed for their wisdom(?) owned slaves, a policy America much later decided did not meet the values so enshrined by the constitution - Get over it that any expert witnesses followed rule of constitutional law and actually did show up at all! Which obvious colluding racists did stand to be sworn at the last committee to constitutionally investigate?

The only ones I saw supported POSTUS' failure of oath among the interrogators and from the viewing stand! I sincerely am disturbed by long-held embedded ignorance which was remedied by law not by the heart (where bigotry lives and breathes) - Americans are a melting pot of minorities - to include each minority group would just be unwieldy to the purpose.

 

Hestia

(3,818 posts)
4. More GOP talking points, trying to divide the Democratic Party again.
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 04:03 PM
Dec 2019

This brings nothing to today's table.

maxrandb

(15,639 posts)
19. I know, that's why what he said was so stupid
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 07:30 PM
Dec 2019

I guess having a woman Constitutional Law scholar is not "diverse".

I guess having multiple women and men of color that are actually fucking members of the committee is not "diverse".

It's not becoming some kind of fucking litmus test, is it? Because if it is, there are a shit ton of old racist white fucksticks on the "other side of the aisle" who will surely use congressmen Greens statements to ensure there is "not diversity" in our entire fucking government.

George II

(67,782 posts)
6. Oh come on, what is he looking for? The population of the US is roughly:
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 04:08 PM
Dec 2019

73% white
14% Hispanic
13% black

Does he want the panel to include 3 white witnesses and 1/2 each Hispanic and black?

muriel_volestrangler

(101,759 posts)
9. Turley writes for The Hill? Couldn't they find a witness without a conflict of interest?
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 04:23 PM
Dec 2019

The Hill is enmeshed in this thanks to John Solomon's connections with Guiliani etc.'s attempts to make up shit and spread it.

LiberalFighter

(52,562 posts)
11. That is a stretch.
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 04:48 PM
Dec 2019

A person's race does not play into the impeachment.

Nearly 50% of the Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee on the Democratic side are minority. I seriously doubt that with minority law experts this wasn't considered.

Dopers_Greed

(2,643 posts)
12. That is a bizarre argument, and makes no sense
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 04:53 PM
Dec 2019

Trump is a white supremacist, thus surrounding himself with mostly whites.

This scandal involves Ukraine, a mainly white European country.

Wouldn't it follow that most of the witnesses to his crimes would be white?

FrankBooth

(1,652 posts)
14. So what?
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 05:03 PM
Dec 2019

How exactly does Al's point or your post help get Donald Trump impeached? The timing stinks. If he has issues with the substance, take it up with Nadler behind closed doors.

 

Perseus

(4,341 posts)
18. Oh please, tell the chair that in private, don't make an issue of it, it distracts
Wed Dec 4, 2019, 07:22 PM
Dec 2019

I am all for diversity, but this is not the time or place to bring something so inconsequential into the conversation. I am sure republicans will love that, although they don't care about diversity, but they use anything they can.

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