I don’t know if anyone caught the news this morning, but apparently the SCOTUS probably doesn’t care about Voting Rights. Or maybe they do. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court decided to strike down a key provisional element that prevents the discrimination portion to commence. Also the use of that, is really the decision in their words: “Outdated and Unconstitutional.” Really?!
For those who don’t know, this act was a landmark decision in 1965 in which the act was made to made sure that the Voting Rights for all, including African-Americans were not to be discriminated when going to the voting booth. So technically this is the same “landmark voting act” in which Martin Luther King, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Rep. John Lewis, and many other Civil Rights Activists went to the mat with the boots on the ground and fought and died for. And it was never passed nor processed. What I found it to be very shameful in today’s era in which Paula Deen was caught with N-Words with jokes! Well, what is my view of Paula Deen now? More on that later.
And I dare to ask, who is happy about this? If those who are happy about this, I hate to say, but it’s time to go back to the woodshed! Back to the schools. The HARD OLD SCHOOLS in which you had to learn it from the ground up. Not just in the classroom. Many of the folks now probably don’t understand, nor don’t care about why stuff like this – like Clarence Thomas. Yeah, I pulled his name up because he favored it. This is the same Clarence Thomas that had run ins with Anita Hill back in 1991. Remember that trial? And over the years, he changed. Some say he changed like Stephen from Django Unchained or Uncle Ruckus from boondocks. Yeah I said it! And partially it was slapped in the face. According to Justice John Roberts, he noted that times have changed. But I often say that the more things change, the more things remain the same. Yeah, I also know by now that DOMA is getting struck down. But, I’m going to say this: I think that, along with the Gay/Lesbian rights Movement IS NO WHERE NEAR the Civil Rights Movement. I hate to say it, but it is. Now, don’t get me wrong. I respect the platform that the Gay/Lesbian folks are doing and expressing that notion. And no animosity from me who respect the cause. I don’t care about it. Let them have it. But they have to understand that the Civil Rights Movement in my view, built the road, built the table, or in this case, built the house for equality. Which also stood the bar for African-Americans to take part. And to you young folks who like to know what’s up in Milwaukee through my blogs on a different angle, are just trying to understand, go back and listen the elders. Don’t talk. Don’t comment. Don’t assume it’s well it was posted on Facebook and it’s all Cray. (I know what cray means) Don’t assume that it’s just for the older folks: GUESS WHAT! This could effect you also. And no, your favorite Social Media stuff will NOT SAVE YOU! This issue is bigger than what you think. Even bigger than Milwaukee’s Summerfest and the 110th Harley-Davidson Anniversary.
In a statement, President Barack Obama commented his view point:
“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.
“As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”
Elder Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. had to comment this on the real:
“Today is a sad day for America because a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has undermined protection of voting rights for millions of citizens. Given all of the voter suppression we have seen in recent years, it is unconscionable for the majority to rule, in effect, that the Voting Rights Act is no longer needed. This ruling will go down in the history of jurisprudence in America as a betrayal of our democratic values.
Many Americans made great sacrifices, and some paid the highest price, to achieve the protection of voting rights that was provided by this historic legislation. We must press forward with ever-increasing resolve to restore the full protection of the Voting Rights Act and to secure federal, state and local government protection of voting rights for all Americans.
I call on congress to act swiftly to pass legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength. If it takes a new era of citizen action to persuade congress to restore protection of our voting rights, then I encourage all Americans of conscience to rise to the challenge. Indeed, it is a challenge we must accept as we prepare to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the great dream my father shared with the world on that occasion.”
Even Al Sharpton on MSNBC commented that King’s dream, in regarding this: “Canceled”. Yep. Those who have marched and had the boots on the ground from Montgomery to Selma, to the March on Washington and others that had a hand in the Voting Rights Act, are either rolling over in the graves or in discontent beyond belief. And stuff like this keeps slipping with excuses.
And again – The 4th of July is around the corner. Is this the expression of Independence, or that so-called right of being Americans? Really?! We all going learn today!
Well, guess what also. 2014 is next year. And yes it’s a voting year. If you feel that those who are 18 and up, that is not happy. VOTE! I don’t care if you vote in person or absentee: VOTE. Either you stand in line, or get an Absentee Ballot in the Mail, Email or Digital, VOTE!
And one more thing: CALLOUT – This what happens when and if you don’t vote, you don’t count!
- Rep. John Lewis: SCOTUS ‘stabbed’ landmark civil rights law ‘in its very heart’ (tv.msnbc.com)
- Supreme Court guts landmark civil rights law (tv.msnbc.com)
- Court’s Decision Puts ‘Dagger in Heart of Voting Rights Act’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Rev. Jesse Jackson: Democracy was stabbed in the heart by Supreme Court ruling (thelead.blogs.cnn.com)
- Justices’ ruling invalidates key provision (cnn.com)
- Clarence Thomas: Race Traitor? (theroot.com)
- Clarence Thomas: Still a Mystery (theroot.com)