Christian conference leader calls Democratic nomination ‘racist’
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The head of the Birmingham chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says the appointment of a black woman over a white woman for a judgeship position is a racist act.
Bishop Calvin Woods says he feels that the appointment of Elizabeth French, a black woman, over Nikki Still, a white woman, to a judgeship position in Jefferson County's Circuit Court is a racist act.
The conflict began when Kenya Marshall, who had won the Democratic primary for the position, began a four-year suspension of her law license for misappropriation of funds. The runner up, Still, was expected to be named as a replacement and, since there is no Republican running for the position, would be eventually given the judgeship.
Some felt that the position should be filled by an African-American and the State Executive Committee of the Democratic Party appointed French to be the Democratic nominee.
Bishop Woods says appointing French on a basis of race to replace the nominee is wrong. Woods has publicly denounced the decision and is calling on Democrats to place Still as the nominee.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:07 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:07:39 GMT
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