IFAS | Freedom Writer | May/June 1997 | civil.html

Robertson's record on civil rights and race

Robertson has opposed civil rights legislation throughout his career, most recently including the 1988 Civil Rights Restoration Action and the 1991 Civil Rights Act. Robertson called the Civil Rights Act of 1985 "one of the most frightening pieces of legislation that has been brought up." On the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Robertson said, "We don't need another civil rights bill. We just don't need another one. The country is moving beautifully toward racial equality and opportunity."

Robertson has been an outspoken critic of several prominent African American nominees of the Clinton Administration Dr. Henry Foster (for whose defeat the Christian Coalition claimed credit), Lani Guinier (labeled a "quota queen"), Dr. Joycelyn Elders and Deval Patrick.

Robertson even was an apologist for apartheid in South Africa, and challenged the wisdom of ending it. "I've been to South Africa," he said. "I know we don't like apartheid, but the blacks in South Africa, in Soweto, don't have it all that bad." Elsewhere he said, "Again, I think 'one man one vote,' just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights."

The Christian Coalition has opposed various education programs it calls "anti-family." Pat Robertson expressed opposition to Head Start, saying it was unnecessary, because, "if you're smart, you'll catch up anyway."

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