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Civil Rights Issues on the Forefront

 

 

VOA News: Supreme Court to Rule on Civil Rights Laws

CQ Politics: Voting Rights Act Run its Course?

Global Research: John Payton on the Abu-Jamal Case: Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection

Chicago Tribune: Holder’s Remarks: A Good, bad sign?

CNN: Highway Robbery: Tenaha, Texas

March 16th, 2009 Posted by | Civil Rights/Constitutional Law | no comments

Barack Obama’s Civil Rights Initiative

Can you champion EQUAL civil rights and then vote against him?  While we await the debates, it is a good question to ask yourselves.

 Ben Heine

“The teenagers and college students who left their homes to march in the streets of Birmingham and Montgomery; the mothers who walked instead of taking the bus after a long day of doing somebody else’s laundry and cleaning somebody else’s kitchen — they didn’t brave fire hoses and Billy clubs so that their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren would still wonder at the beginning of the 21st century whether their vote would be counted; whether their civil rights would be protected by their government; whether justice would be equal and opportunity would be theirs. . . . We have more work to do.”

— Barack Obama, Speech at Howard University, September 28, 2007

  • Strengthen Civil Rights Enforcement
  • Combat Employment Discrimination
  • Expand Hate Crimes Statutes
  • End Deceptive Voting Practices
  • End Racial Profiling
  • Reduce Crime Recidivism by Providing Ex-Offender Support
  • Eliminate Sentencing Disparities
  • Expand Use of Drug Courts
  • P.S. Black folks who have been protesting against him because they feel that a black president should come with an advantage, for them, over all other races should reflect on their definitions of equality. The age of Jesse Jackson politics are over, put down the picket signs and finish college.

     

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    September 24th, 2008 Posted by | Civil Rights/Constitutional Law | no comments

    Supreme Court Justice on Affirmative Action:Uncle Thomas?

    Breitbart article on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

    This is a tough debate.  Affirmative action is responsible for much of the progress that African-Americans have made in the 143 years since the abolition of slavery. Is it right to say that it has no place in America? I don’t know if I agree with Justice Thomas.  I want to but I have a sense that, while he deserved admission into Yale Law, non-traditional factors–like racial preference–would have prevented his admittance. Thus, he should recognize the positive effects of affirmative action in his life. 

     

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    As the head of the EEOC for eight years (1982-1990, pictured above), Thomas championed the end of discrimination in the workplace but it seems as though his current opinions on racial inequity would refute the need for the position that he once held. 

    A staunch advocate of Black Conservatism and an admirer of Thomas Sewell’s take on socio-economics, Thomas’ views on racism are murky at best–contradictory at worst.  When faced with the prospect of public humiliation, via Anita Hill, he said,

    This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.

    It is difficult to separate racism in this form from racism in the form of academic and occupational elitism but he has continued to stand on this platform and say with a booming voice,

    “Racial discrimination is not a permissible solution to the self-inflicted wounds of this elitist admissions policy.”

    So how do you recommend we increase the numbers of black boys who graduate from college? In South Carolina, the ratio is 3/100.

    I forbid racial preference as much as Justice Thomas does.  But when do we begin to define the problem, find the solution, and implement a plan of action? He can do so much to bridge the gap, while inspiring other young black men to help.

    We should all adhere to the standards of the 14th amendment and it’s call for equal protection. But lest we forget, the amendment was first intended to ensure the equal civil rights of slaves. The emphases on due process and equal protection were raised much later.

    I should not, at all, be critical of Justice Clarence Thomas; I may need him, one day.

    September 9th, 2008 Posted by | Civil Rights/Constitutional Law | no comments

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