Nations Largest Black Labor Organization
Condemns President Bushs
Undeclared Domestic War on Diversity.
CBTU President Attacks White House Intervention in
Univ. of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases
Declaring that President Bush should stop using black members of
his administration as ornaments of diversity to disguise
his contempt for affirmative action programs like the University
of Michigans, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
today said it would mobilize its members to oppose Bushs undeclared
domestic war against diversity and racial progress.
CBTU President William Lucy said,
Even Ray Charles can see that Bushs decision to intervene
before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of white students who oppose
the University of Michigans affirmative action plan for what
it really is a revival of antebellum racism on the Potomac.
Lucy said Bushs decision
to revive the nomination of Mississippian Charles Pickering, Sr.
(who was rejected last year by a Senate panel because of his racist
views and behavior) confirms an unmistakable pattern of deceit
and hostility toward civil rights. He added that Bushs
hostile intervention in the Michigan affirmative action cases and
his arrogant re-nomination of Pickering makes it clear that we
should not be distracted by the color of the people who speak for
Its the message, not
the messenger, that lacks credibility here. Its about achieving
a truly diverse society, not pushing America backward, that should
be the Presidents aim, Lucy said. Lucy, who is also
international secretary-treasurer of the 1.2 million-member American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said,
Bush is the most right-wing President since Ronald Reagan
occupied the White House. Bush not only opposes affirmative action,
he also has rolled back workers rights, cut programs that help poor
families and turned his back on the fiscal and urban crisis gripping
states and cities.
Lucy said, Its time
Bush listened to America and not to his right wing backers. Stop
attacking affirmative action at home and pursue peaceful disarmament
William Lucy is also a member of the AFL-CIO Executive
Council. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, which was founded
in 1972 and is the largest black labor organization in the country,
with more than 50 chapters in the United States and Ontario, Canada.