ERIC Number: ED234116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-9
Reference Count: N/A
Remarks before the National Bar Association (Seattle, Washington, August 9, 1983).
Reynolds, Wm. Bradford
In this speech, the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, focuses on the civil rights enforcement record of the Justice Department under the Reagan Administration. First, in the area of voting rights, Reynolds describes how jurisdictions covered by the "preclearance" requirements of the Voting Rights Act were asked to submit redistricting plans to the Attorney General's office for approval; no proposal, he emphasizes, was cleared until officials were sure that it had neither a racially discriminatory purpose nor effect. Other efforts to ensure black Americans' right to vote are also outlined. Second, the record of the Reagan Administration in criminal civil rights prosecutions is reviewed briefly. Third, Reynolds discusses school desegregation, outlining suits filed by the Federal government against various school districts. Fourth, enforcement of fair housing statutes is discussed, and fifth, Federal efforts to erase employment discrimination are described. In conclusion, Reynolds contends that despite charges to the contrary, the Justice Department under Reagan is indeed enforcing civil rights for racial minorities. (GC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.