US Commission on Civil Rights Hearing on the Impact of Eminent Domain on Minority Groups

Earlier today, I testified before the US Commission on Civil Rights at a hearing on the “Civil Rights Implications of Eminent Domain Abuse.” The other panelists were Georgetown law professor Peter Byrne, Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, and David Beito, a prominent historian and chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee to the USSCR. A C-SPAN video of the event is available here.

I have previously written about the negative impact of blight and economic development takings on the minority poor here. I also discuss the issue in my recent article on “Federalism and Property Rights.”, where I point out that the political weakness of the minority poor who are the most common victims of eminent domain weakens the case for leaving property rights issues to the discretion of local political processes.