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Judge Merrick Garland acknowledged systemic racism as a reality and said the United States is not living up to its standard of equal justice under the law during his attorney general confirmation hearing on Monday.
Garland, who was tapped by President Joe Biden to serve as attorney general after his Supreme Court nomination was derailed by Senate Republicans in the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency, made a sharp departure from his potential predecessor with the comments.
“Sadly, it’s plain to me that it does not,” Garland told Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey when asked if the US truly has equal justice under the law. “Senator, there is no question to me that there is disparate treatment in our justice system.”
Garland: “We do not yet have equal justice. Communities of color and other minorities still face discrimination in housing, in education, in employment and in the criminal justice system. And they bear the brunt of the harm caused by a pandemic, pollution and climate change.” pic.twitter.com/w3bYBDXLRM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 22, 2021
Garland made a similar point during his opening remarks.
“We do not yet have equal justice,” Garland said. “Communities of color and other …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics