NAACP Demands Florida Nominating Commission Reconsider Black Judge Applicantsby Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors December 3, 2018
Lack of blacks on state supreme court shortlist is a shameful disgrace naacp to monitor all future appointments by Governor-elect Desanti
FLORIDA — After more than 35 years of having a Black State Supreme Court Justice, the Rick Scott Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission has failed the people of Florida. No recent Governor has allowed appointees to return a slate that doesn’t reflect the diversity of Florida. It’s a shame and disgrace we are still fighting for equality at all levels of government for black people and particularly representation on the State Supreme Court. Governors Askew, Graham, Chiles, Bush and Crist all ensured there was a black appointed to the State Supreme Court.
The NAACP Florida State Conference calls for the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission to reconvene and reconsider the initial six African-American applicants. We also call on Governor-elect DeSantis to stand up to Governor Scott and the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission appointees and demand what all other prior Governors did with a slate that reflects the diversity of our state.
We also encourage Governor-elect DeSantis to make appointments including agency heads, senior staff and statewide boards that reflect the diversity of Florida ensuring blacks and minorities are represented at all levels in the new Administration. With more than 3 million black residents, we know there are qualified individuals who can serve this state. The NAACP and people of Florida are watching.