In late 1969, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, with its long-time jewish leader, Kivie Kaplan, publicly opposed President Richard Nixon’s appointment of Federal Judge Clement F. Haynesworth, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court because the nomination broke an unspoken “tradition” that at least one American Jew had to sit on the highest court in the land:
The NAACP board of directors said in a resolution released here that it objected to Judge Haynesworth not only on the basis of his “lamentable record in civil rights matters” and his generally anti-labor rulings in the past. In addition to those considerations is the “refusal of the President of the United States to follow the tradition of his eminent predecessors, beginning with the late Woodrow Wilson, of recognizing the vast political and social contributions, particularly with respect to our legal institutions, made by Jewish Americans,” the NAACP said.
“To recite the names of Justices Brandeis, Cardozo, Frankfurter, Goldberg and Fortas is to recount major developments and contributions to the legal and political structure of the United States over the past half century,” the resolution continued. “Equally able Jewish lawyers, judges and professors are among us.”
“It was a sad blow to the aspirations of all Americans for full participation of all of our people in the affairs of Government when the President of the United States failed to appoint a Jewish American as he filled not only one but two vacancies in the last three months.” the NAACP said. “We fear, or at least we suspect, that this cavalier treatment of a group of persons who have been in the forefront of the fight for protection of the rights of all Americans is thought to be justified because, after too long a denial, a Negro American has been appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. If this be the political reasoning, we refuse to accept it. We refuse to permit such cynical politics to require us to compete with our fellow defenders of the rights of all people for a place on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
When the jewish Supreme Court judge Abe Fortas retired in 1969, the Jews just assumed that another Jew would take his place, and when Nixon, who was no fan of the Jews, nominated a goy, the outraged Jews engaged in their collective hand-wringing.
And notice how the Jews also bristled at the idea that just because Thurgood Marshall, the first Black, had been appointed to the Supreme Court, there was no longer a need to appoint other minorities — like any more Jews.
And Nixon continued to stick it to the Jews after the liberal Congress voted against Haynesworth by nominating G. Harold Carswell, an accomplished southern judge who openly and unapologetically opposed any attempts to outlaw racial segregation.
And when Carswell’s nomination was also narrowly voted down, Nixon still didn’t give the Jews their token Jewish judge, instead nominating the extremely liberal Harry Blackmun, who was unanimously approved and went on to write the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision.
We can only imagine how different America would have been had Carswell’s nomination been approved. The idea that someone who held his unapologetic racial views could even be seriously considered for the Supreme Court shows us just how far America has shifted to the Left in the last 50 years:
“I am a southerner by ancestry, birth, training, inclination, belief and practice. I believe the segregation of the races is proper and the only practical and correct way of life in our states. I have always so believed, and I shall always so act. I shall be the last to submit to any attempt on the part of anyone to break down and to weaken this firmly established policy of our people.
If my brother were to advocate such a program, I would be compelled to take issue with and to oppose him to the limits of my ability.
I yield to no man as a fellow candidate, or as a fellow citizen, in the firm, vigorous belief in the principles of white supremacy, and I shall always be so governed.”