Redefining Rights in America The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001–2004 Draft Report for Commissioners’ Review September 2004

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2004
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Civil Rights, Commission on (2004) Redefining Rights in America The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001–2004 Draft Report for Commissioners’ Review September 2004. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20425.
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Executive Summary Civil rights problems remain entrenched in American society, the stubborn result of unequal treatment over time. Discrimination in housing, employment, and the voting booth, unequal educational opportunity, and other problems still stand between some Americans and true equality. Presidential leadership is necessary to break down obstacles and realize the promise of civil rights. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) examined the George W. Bush administration’s commitment to that end. What follows are the results of the Commission’s examination, expressed in terms of: (1) whether civil rights enforcement is a presidential priority; (2) federal efforts to eradicate entrenched discrimination; (3) expanding and protecting rights for disadvantaged groups; and (4) promoting access to federal programs and services for traditionally underserved populations. This report finds that President Bush has neither exhibited leadership on pressing civil rights issues, nor taken actions that matched his words. The report reaches this conclusion after analyzing and summarizing numerous documents, including historical literature, reports, scholarly articles, presidential and administration statements, executive orders, policy briefs, documents of Cabinet-level agencies, federal budgets and other data.
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