On Wednesday, the senator reportedly hid in the Senate cloakroom for at least 45 minutes before coming forward to give his approval of Farr in a procedural vote—in fact, the deciding vote—that allowed the nomination to move forward.
Scott’s new vow to oppose the nomination in the final confirmation vote, which was expected happen by Friday, assures that Farr will not be confirmed.
Farr has a long, well-known record as an architect of North Carolina’s efforts to suppress the Black vote.
“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge. This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination,” Scott explained in a statement.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus had urged him to vote against Farr for the final confirmation, McClatchy News reported.
There are good reasons for concern about Farr becoming a federal judge. He helped North Carolina create the state’s election law that was so blatantly racist that the Fourth Circuit struck it down. The court saw clearly that new rules in the law targeted African Americans “with almost surgical precision.”
Farr was also part of the team that signed a consent decree with the Justice Department in 1992 to settle a DOJ complaint that former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms’ 1990 re-election campaign intimidated Black voters.
Helms ran against Harvey Gantt, the Black former mayor of Charlotte. Helms’ campaign sent postcards to 125,000 mostly Black eligible voters suggesting that they were ineligible to cast a ballot. It also warned that they could be prosecuted for voter fraud.
Kevin Hart Responds After Backlash For His Cowboys And Indians Birthday Party -- On Thanksgiving
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Throwin a "Cowboys & Indians" birthday party on "Thanksgiving" celebrates genocide, white supremacy, & slavery. R those the things u @KevinHart4real & @enikohart represent & are teaching to your child? Would it be ok to throw a Master & slave birthday party? nope #nativetwitter pic.twitter.com/AnrZNUn3jn— Mx. Mariposa (They/Them) 🦻 (@solomamihood) November 25, 2018
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In light of the #KevinHart “Cowboys and Indians” birthday party controversy, here’s a reminder that there have been 9 Cowboys vs Washington Football Team Thanksgiving day football games... and also, yes, there is still a team named Washington Washington Football Team. This is deeper than a kids party. #America pic.twitter.com/q3h40nq6q6— Ava Pittman (@AvaPittmanTV) November 27, 2018
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@KevinHart4real defended his “cowboys & Indians” party by saying the Cowboys & Reds*ins played on tv the same day. Um yeah- Native ppl have been protesting & pointing out the harms of the Reds*ins for decades. NONNATIVES DON’T GET A SAY ON WHAT IS OR ISN’T RACIST TO NATIVE PPLS!!— cherrywaves (@heather28df) November 28, 2018
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Cowboys and Indians? Can you not afford a publicist who would explain the reality if such a terrible idea?— Serenityaz (@laserenityaz) November 24, 2018
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Playing cowboys & Indians has always been racist. It’s like playing slave & slave owner. Hollywood stereotyped Native Americans and that’s how people still see us unfortunately. Our culture isn’t a costume. Mexican, Black, Middle Eastern, Asian, etc - NOT a costume. #KevinHart pic.twitter.com/xoUdb7NXOd— 🍂Audra Wise🍂 (@wiseaudra) November 27, 2018
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I'm a huge fan but its disappointing to see a violent and disgraceful event Cowboys & Indians as a theme party for your very young son. As a young Indigenous child I was chased in the school yard by kids pretending to kill me while calling me a Wagon burner. Disturbing disregard!— Lynn Roberts (@LynnRob13096365) November 28, 2018
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Stand up for the invisible, most under represented group in the US & Hollywood - Natives. It’s not too late to educate yourself & others - racist Native mascots, Native costumes & “innocently” playing cowboys & Indians never been & never will be ok. Teach your kids. #KevinHart pic.twitter.com/RWpatiA34Q— 🍂Audra Wise🍂 (@wiseaudra) November 27, 2018
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Everyone commented on #KevinHart Cowboys vs. Indians Bday party...well most of us need a slap in face. Don't act like this wasn't part of your Kindergarten school curriculum if you're about 40+. But you're too damn old too defend his actions now. Then you mad about Black face!Uh!— Tia Wells (@Tia2You) November 28, 2018
Sen. Tim Scott Suddenly Realizes He’s Black And Will Oppose A Racist Judge was originally published on newsone.com