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March 18, 1994 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-03-18

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Civil Rights Nominee
Will Fight Bigotry

Washington (JTA) — Deval
Patrick, President Clinton's
nominee to head the civil
rights division of the Justice
Department, said this week
that if confirmed he would
"speak out as unequivocally
as humanly possible to
bigotry, wherever it comes
from."
He also said the issue of
hate crimes and organized
bigotry deserves "the
highest attention" of the
civil rights division and
should be a "very, very top,
very, very serious priority."
Mr. Patrick, who is ex-
pected to have no problem
being confirmed by the
Senate as assistant attorney
general for civil rights, made
the comments at his confir-
mation hearings before the
Senate Judiciary Com-
mittee.
"We certainly welcome his
statement that (hate crimes)
will be one of the priorities"
for the civil rights division,
said Michael Lieberman, as-

The position has
been vacant since
the start of the
Clinton
administration.

sociate director of the Anti-
Defamation League's Wash-
ington office.
One senator raising the
bigotry issue at the hearings
was Sen. Edward Kennedy,
D-Mass. "Recently we've
seen the emergence of some
who seek to foment anti-
Semitism (and) divide two
historic allies," Mr. Ken-
nedy said, in an apparent
reference to the recent con-
troversy over remarks made
by a Nation of Islam official
and subsequent friction bet-
ween the black and Jewish
communities.
Mr. Kennedy added that
he had been impressed by
remarks Mr. Patrick made
to the Anti-Defamation
League in Boston last year
on the need for sensitivity
between Jews and African
Americans.
"Could you tell us your
views on those who seek to
foment division and tension
between these groups?" the
senator asked the nominee.
Mr. Patrick responded that
he feels "very strongly that

as a nation we will rise or
fall together. And I think
that, as I indicated in my
remarks to the ADL in
Boston, in some respects in
the black community and in
the Jewish community, we
expect more of each other."
He said he hoped to use
what has "been described to
me as the bully pulpit of this
post, if I am confirmed, to
speak out as unequivocally
as humanly possible to
bigotry, wherever it comes
from. And I've been en-
couraged to view this post
that way."
Mr. Patrick also said he
was concerned that people do
not spend enough time
listening to one another and
trying to understand one an-
other's "particular sen-
sitivities."
A Boston civil rights at-
torney, Mr. Patrick was
nominated to the Justice
Department post Feb. 1.
The position has been va-
cant since the start of the
Clinton administration, and
Jewish organizations have
been among those eagerly
waiting for someone to fill
the post.
Jewish groups responded
positively to the nomination,
in contrast to the concern
expressed by some Jewish
organizations last year when
Mr. Clinton nominated Lani
Guinier, a University of
Pennsylvania law professor.
Mr. Clinton later withdrew
Ms. Guinier's nomination
after a largely negative re-
sponse to her writings,
which had the appearance of
calling for quotas. Ms.
Guinier objected to the way
her words were interpreted.
"The fact that Patrick ap-
pears able to command not
only a majority of the com-
mittee but perhaps
unanimous support augurs
well for his ability to work
with Congress in enforcing
the nation's civil rights
laws," said Mark Pelavin,
Washington representative
of the American Jewish
Congress.
In response to a specific
question on hate crimes from
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-
Calif., Mr. Patrick said, "I
think hate crimes are one of
the most serious problems in
the country."
Mr. Patrick mentioned
that at one time the civil
rights division had a task
force that targeted
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