*BALTIMORE — NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson released the following remarks regarding the Senate confirmation of nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“The U.S. Senate’s decision today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is devastating blow to our democracy. It threatens the integrity and legitimacy of the Senate and the Supreme Court as institutions, and the nation may never recover. This day will go down in infamy for the Senate’s abject failure to exercise its constitutional duty to advise and consent.
“The NAACP condemns this reckless & deeply partisan rush to confirm Kavanaugh after critical issues were raised about his integrity, temperament, impartiality, history of sexual assault, and judicial record. There is far too much at stake for every community not to have fully reviewed this nominee for the highest court in the land who will chart our future for a generation.
“The American people deserved better than this. Now more than ever we must harness our frustration and use our voices at the ballot box in November so this grave injustice of historic proportion never happens again. We must vote: our freedoms, our protections, and our lives depend on it.”
Meanwhile, Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement after the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Rashad Robinson, President for Color Of Change:
“Today’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is evidence that our elected officials don’t value the lives of Black people, women or vulnerable communities. His addition to the U.S. Supreme Court erodes our confidence in our nation’s highest court and the last check on civil rights when legislative action fails.
His confirmation endangers the lives of 130 million people with pre-existing health conditions, the integrity of the 14th amendment; and the future of women’s health with the potential loss of Roe v. Wade.
In just one month we will have the opportunity to truly bring presence to power by translating our collective outrage and pain into a record number of mobilized voters for the midterm elections on November 6.
Now, more than ever, Color Of Change members will agitate, and hold decision makers accountable to the people. The negligent decision to confirm Kavanaugh carries dangerous implications for many generations to come. We will fight on behalf of women, on behalf of people of color and behalf of sexual assault victims. This fight is far from over.”