Todd A. Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), issued the following statement about the Senate’s decision to move forward with the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:

“Thomas Farr’s record of hostility to civil rights, sympathy for white supremacy, and support for voter suppression is no secret, and it makes him patently unfit for a lifetime appointment to a federal court. From his time working for Senator Jesse Helms, to his recent defense of a voter suppression bill designed to disenfranchise African Americans, Farr has devoted his career to entrenching racial injustice in the United States. It is especially galling that he has been nominated to serve in North Carolina’s Eastern District, which contains a significant Black population. He cannot be trusted to deliver impartial justice to them, or to any Americans. We urge Senators to halt his nomination.”