Given the overall commitment of the Obama administration to civil rights enforcement, it is unfortunate some of its spokespeople have argued that this proposed executive order would be unnecessary or unwise. They know better. The sooner the administration takes the step that it should, and probably eventually will, the better the public understanding will be of how we should fight discrimination: as fully and effectively as possible.
Nan D. Hunter is legal scholarship director at the Williams Institute, a think tank associated with the UCLA School of Law, and associate dean for graduate programs and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Brad Sears is executive director of the Williams Institute.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.