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Judge Cavedo

7/16/2020, 6 p.m.
Events and new information arising during the past few days give us grave concerns about the continued involvement of Richmond ...

In the editorial page column published in the April 14, 1977, edition of The Collegian newspaper, the longtime Richmond resident who attended Thomas Jefferson High School during the early years of school busing, complains about school desegregation and the “solicitous paternalism of the federal courts, which ... nearly wrecked my high school education by instituting a massive busing plan that caused more upheaval in my school and life than most people could imagine.”

He also criticizes then-President Jimmy Carter’s proposal to allow instant voter registration.

“This scheme will allow the parasites of this nation to become the dominating force in politics,” he wrote. He said they “soak billions from the government” and “do not bother to register in advance ... and usually do not vote.”

We know who he was talking about.

We have long held that neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan members and sympathizers may not be among those marching around the Lee statue carrying assault-style rifles and waving Confederate flags. Instead, they wear suits and robes and sit on our state and federal courts, hold CEO positions at our workplaces and run our schools, banks and criminal justice system, all making decisions that can have major negative consequences for the lives, livelihoods and opportunities for success for African-Americans and people of color.

Judge Cavedo’s college editorial has gone viral on social media, raising the concern of several members of the General Assembly, which elects our state’s judges.

While we acknowledge that a person’s perspective can change over 40 years, this person clearly hasn’t. Judge Cavedo’s words then, and his actions now, speak loudly and clearly to African-Americans, people of color and people of conscience. They also bring into question his own biases and whether anyone of color standing before him in court has received a fair and impartial hearing.

For the best interests of our future and his reputation, we urge him to step down from hearing any of the cases regarding Confederate statues.