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George Bush's veto of major civil rights legislation Monday could cost him support among blacks and undermine his party's attempts to woo black voters, civil rights activists said. Some black Republicans reacted with intense personal disappointment. Eugene Dibble--a Republican most of his 62 years and a lonely black voice singing the praises of Bush and raising money for GOP candidates in heavily Democratic Chicago--said that he is embarrassed.
February 27, 1990
President Bush has made a sound choice in naming Arthur Fletcher, an experienced Washington player who has demonstrated more than a measure of independence, to head the shaky U.S. Civil Rights Commission. For 25 years this bipartisan commission had served as the civil-rights watchdog, providing Congress and the courts with pointed and highly detailed reports that helped to pass housing, education and voting rights laws.
February 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Bush today nominated Arthur A. Fletcher, who has served in several Republican administrations, to be chairman of the Civil Rights Commission, the White House announced. Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Bush hopes Fletcher will reinvigorate the commission, which has been buffeted by congressional criticism for a series of actions it took during the Reagan years.
October 23, 1989
President Bush has spoken eloquently enough on civil rights to raise hopes, but he has done little during 10 months in office. A top civil rights job remains vacant. The leaderless U.S. Civil Rights Commission may actually expire. It is time for good works that match the good words.
June 17, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writer
The Antelope Valley chapter of the NAACP has proposed creation of a Lancaster city commission with sweeping powers including investigation of alleged civil rights violations and evaluation of the personnel policies of businesses and law enforcement agencies. The proposals were made in a letter to Lancaster Mayor Lynn Harrison and will be reviewed by the City Council on Monday. But on Friday, several council members expressed serious doubts about the proposals, which came a week after discussions between the National Assn.
May 7, 1989 | John H. Bunzel, John H. Bunzel, past president of San Jose State University, is a senior research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution
Sometimes the worst way to get an answer from the President of the United States is to ask a simple question. Two days after the Supreme Court struck down a Richmond, Va., quota-driven "set asides" plan that guaranteed blacks and other minority members at least 30% of that city's construction contracts, a reporter asked President Bush if he thought this ruling was a setback for affirmative action. Bush replied that he "didn't want to get into that," except to say that he believes in equal opportunity and supports affirmative action.
March 22, 1989 | from the Washington Post
President Bush has selected Arthur A. Fletcher, a moderate Republican who was one of his original black political allies, to head the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a move that Administration officials say signals Bush's intention to rebuild the agency after six years of turbulence and controversy. Administration sources said the post was offered to Fletcher and he accepted it.
March 19, 1989 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
Disclosure that William Barclay Allen, chairman of the Civil Rights Commission, was briefly arrested last month in Arizona after personally intervening in a child custody case has led the commission's seven other members to demand that he apologize to all concerned, and he has agreed to do so.
February 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
Apartment complexes will be allowed to exclude families with children from adults-only housing sections under a surprise ruling by the state civil rights commission that reversed an earlier decision. The Fair Employment and Housing Commission found an apartment owner guilty of age discrimination last August when it ruled 3 to 1 that all units must be available to families with children.
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