OPINION: New Campaign Issue: Hiding Bush's Civil Rights Record

October 06, 2004
George Bush's record on civil rights is so abysmal that his supporters are already pushing to censor a damning report card from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Hardly the "gentleman's C" that sufficed at Yale, Bush's grade from the independent, bipartisan commission on race matters is an indictment worthy of an outright F.
     That's F, for the failure to have a "clear agenda" or to make "civil rights a priority," according to the commission staff's broad report.
     The document, still in draft form and awaiting approval, found the Bush administration lacking in support for civil rights, stating that effects of past segregation and discrimination still "persist and hamper equal opportunity in education, employment, housing, public accommodations and the ability to vote."