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Hate Crimes, White Nationalism, and White Supremacy House Judiciary Committee Eva Patterson Equal Justice Society

I am President of the Equal Justice Society located in Oakland California.  Our mission is to transform the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. . . . I come in peace. . . .

Fast forward to 1964 — our fellow Texan LBJ helped pass the Civil Rights Act.  At its signing, he said, “We (Democrats) have lost the South for a generation.”

[T]he Southern Strategy was devised to encourage white people to abandon the Democratic Party and vote for the GOP. It was a shrewd and effective political strategy but it drove yet another wedge between Black and white people.

Fast forward to 2008–America elected a Black President. Unfortunately, this proved unsettling in that some white people who felt superior to Black folks had to deal with a Black President and a Black family in the White House.

In 2015, Donald Trump began his campaign by calling Mexicans “rapists.”  He called for a Muslim ban.  When white supremacists marched in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and Soil,” a slogan right out of the Nazi playbook, Mr. Trump says there are good people on both sides.  He recently called asylum seekers “animals.”

[A man] goes into a place of worship and murders Black souls who were praying with him.  Jews are massacred in the Tree of Life Synagogue on the Sabbath. Muslims are slaughtered as they start prayer in peaceful New Zealand.

White supremacy is alive and well.  We want the Congress to take bipartisan action to denounce it. My written remarks have specific recommendations. We would like the Supreme Court to once again protect the rights of people of color. Chief Justice Roberts, when you dismantled the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v Holder, your assertion that racism has been eradicated was wrong. Please speak with your colleague Judge Bernice Donald of the Sixth Circuit who writes and speaks extensively on the resilience of racism.

We are hopeful that a majority of you will want to give the country a signal that we are “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

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Written Testimony of Eva Paterson before the House Judiciary Committee

Oral remarks of Eva Paterson before the House Judiciary Committee