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Are there any qualified African American Males Amongst us?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

( Last week, the Senate confirmed the first African-American woman to sit on the 6thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Bernice Donald. Earlier, she was the first African-American woman elected as a judge in Tennessee, the first appointed as federal bankruptcy judge in the nation and first confirmed as a U.S. district judge in Tennessee.

President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation's federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn't selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

According to Sheldon Goldman, author of the authoritative book "Picking Federal Judges pointed out that more than 70% of President Obama's confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were "non-traditional," or nominees who were not Caucasian Males. That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton 48.1% and George W. Bush 32.9%.

At the same time there were no African American Males Amongst them either which brings from the African American communities these types of questions; Are there any qualified African American Males Amongst us, or are we still at the back of the bus, or maybe at the bottom of the barrel?

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