After several centuries of brutal anti-black racism and structural white privilege, apparently 50 years of modest civil rights progress was too unbearable for many “aggrieved” white people. Gutting the Voting Rights Act, weakening Affirmative Action and the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws are each part of an unmistakable conservative effort to return all of America to a pre-civil rights, antebellum confederacy where “states rights,” judicial nullification and Jim Crow etiquette are the norm. Again.
Never underestimate the brutality of privilege and the constant need to be be advantaged by conservative white Americans.
Conservative Justices Are Out Of Touch: Anthony Kennedy Would Melt In Real World
"The decision was written by Anthony Kennedy, who lives in that wonderful world where the law is a pure crystal stream running through green meadows, unsullied by the grit and silt that piles up in the actual lives of actual human beings…. What we are seeing, over and over again, is what happens when you combine the inebriate effect of American Exceptionalism in the philosophy of the law. Race does not exist as an issue in our country anymore because we have overcome it, because we are America and , therefore, Exceptional.” - Charles Pierce
Shorter white Justices: Correcting the effects of racism prolongs racism by giving racists more reasons to be racist.
It is time we put TV cameras in the Supreme Court. These assholes can no longer hide. We need to see and hear the people who are changing America for the worse.
States That Forbid Affirmative Action See Significant Drop In Black and Hispanic Enrollment
"In a fractured decision…, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities. The 6-to-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the use of race in admissions or to consider race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity. States that forbid affirmative action in higher education, like Florida and California, as well as Michigan, have seen a significant drop in the enrollment of black and Hispanic students in their most selective colleges and universities….
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in the longest, most passionate and most significant dissent of her career, said the Constitution required special vigilance in light of the history of slavery, Jim Crow and ‘recent examples of discriminatory changes to state voting laws.’ Her opinion, longer than the four other opinions combined, appeared to reflect her own experiences….”
Where is the collective “What the fuck?” outcry? This is not a theory. This is empirical evidence. How the fuck do we allow popular vote to decide the protections of a minority? Jim Crow all over again.
Laws are to protect and to have enforcable consequences.
Gun extremists think a criminal’s indifference should dictate gun laws.