As a Mississippi legislator, Pickering fought implementation of the
1965 Voting Rights Act, even co-sponsoring a resolution for its
repeal. He supported the notorious and secretive Mississippi
Sovereignty Commission, a state-funded agency established to oppose
integration efforts after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education
decision. The commission had close ties to the racist White Citizens
Council and spied on civil rights and labor activists.
As a District Court judge, Pickering consistently criticized and opposed the one-person-one-vote doctrine and majority black voting districts.
He wrote an article in the Mississippi Law Journal in 1959 calling for legislation -- enacted shortly thereafter -- strengthening a Mississippi law banning interracial marriages.
His career also is characterized by a relentless hostility toward abortion rights, as well as the rights of habeas corpus and due process.
That's George Bush --- defending American values. He's not like the last occupant of the White House, that's for sure...