The Memphis-based Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association has endorsed Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing Kavanaugh’s support of a decision favoring African-American farmers in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Kavanaugh, whose Senate confirmation hearing concluded Friday, is a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. In that role, Kavanaugh voted with the majority last October to uphold the claims of 15,000 African-American farmers and their heirs who said they were denied crop loans and other assistance based on race.
Thomas Burrell, founder and president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, said in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, that the farmers group believes Kavanaugh’s “credentials of fairness, integrity and upholding the U.S. Constitution are valuable assets to our nation.”
“BFAA is honored to inform you that our members are in unified support of the Honorable Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court as an Associate Justice,” the letter reads.
Burrell said Monday through spokeswoman Patricia Rogers that there are some concerns on other issues, but that the group is confident in its support of Kavanaugh.
SOURCE: Ron Maxey
The Memphis Commercial Appeal