Our latest news analysis for EBONY: "Why Did New Jersey Democrats Reject a Black, Gay Man to the Supreme Court?"
"Bruce Harris was even more cynical appointment than Clarence Thomas," Rev. Taylor told EBONY. "A Black man who votes against most of the Black community. A gay man who won’t vote on the most pressing gay rights case of our time."
"The gay establishment latched on to this nomination very quickly. They saw he was gay, so they were excited," Darnell Moore told EBONY. Moore is former chair of Newark’s LGBTQ Advisory Commission. "But the big issue in New Jersey right now is school funding. It’s critical to the Black community. But most reporters didn’t interview Black folks or certainly not any Black gay folks. We would have told them."
Christie opposes the court-mandated formula that funds urban school districts. That opposition—as well as the Republican governor’s reluctance to direct funding to inner cities such as Newark or Camden—could have been the motives behind the ill-fated Harris nomination.
"The state supreme court will consider cases on affordable housing, racial profiling and funding for urban schools," said NJ NAACP’s James Harris. "Christie nominates a Black, gay Republican man with a white partner who lives in a wealthy community? Christie was being disrespectful to Blacks and poor people. We were convinced that Mr. Harris would support the governor on school funding."
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