Barber Fails Brown v. Board Moral Test, Senate Confirms Anyway

Courts News 06.12,19

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WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Thomas Barber who refused to state that the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision was correctly decided to serve as a district judge in the Middle District of Florida:

“By refusing to affirm the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education ruling, Barber sent a dangerous signal that courts could someday allow a return to the disgraceful days of racial segregation. Senators must demand a moral floor for lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary and deny unfit, unqualified, and blatantly partisan judges the privilege of presiding from the bench.”

Last month, our nation celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education ruling that struck down the shameful doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ Read The Leadership Conference’s letter of opposition calling on senators to oppose all judicial nominees, including Barber, who refuse to state unequivocally that this landmark decision was correctly decided.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit