Source: Time

Policy Wonks and Advocates Critique Obama’s State of the Union

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

“I was extremely pleased that the President spoke to the importance of protecting the right to vote, and especially of making it easier to vote. I do wish he had spoken about the need to amend the Voting Rights Act, as the strength of that law is essential to both the protection of voting rights and voter participation. And, while the President spoke powerfully about the need to reject anti-Muslim prejudice, he did not address sufficiently the critical and ongoing issue of racial bias–particularly police violence against unarmed African Americans which has gripped this nation. Nevertheless, we were encouraged by the President’s bold vision for our country and his call for unity, determination, rational discourse, and hope.”

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