THIS WEEK IN LIVING COLOR

Posted: June 29, 2013 in Current Events

This was a busy week for the Supreme Court who handed down game changing rulings:

Monday-We Got Hustled:

20130628-194421.jpgAffirmative Action takes a step side-ways, back,  and to the right, and is now in question, with new views on the interpretation of  the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policy. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has had many versions. Tweeked multiple times in 1965, 1970, 1972, and 1986, the act in all it’s versions has always been a hot topic of  contentious debate. Many like to throw Affirmative Action in the faces of those who benefit from it. They have the opinion that people of color, or a specific sex only advance in their careers, or are accepted into higher education based on Affirmative Action, not on their accomplishments, as if people of color and/or women are NEVER (or rarely)  qualified for anything based on our own merit.  Look at the calendar!!!!!!  It’s 2013. Are you listening Mr. Clarence Thomas?!!!??? Stop trying to diminish folks because we’re finally making progress!

Tuesday-Back To The Future:

Civil Rights Takes A Major Hit and the next day, A Win.  In a move that was grossly premature, Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is struck down. By striking down Section 4, the US Supreme Court dismantled the entire framework of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 4 determines how anti-discrimination voting laws are implemented. While Section 5 the legislation that was actually being contested is still intact, Section 4’s unconstitutionality means that legislators have no basis to enforce Section 5. The Act is only 48 years old, put in place because 95 years after the 15th Amendment, Race no Bar to Vote (supposedly giving all people the right to vote) was ratified, more protection (The Voting Act) was still necessary. It’s obvious to anyone who faced obstacles trying to vote in the last election that we need more than 48 years of protection, for voting in ALL 50 states to be barrier free.

One major point that gets lost in this unsettling development is that it DOES NOT take away anyone’s right to vote, (although our big fear is that it could get harder to vote), and the last two Presidential elections proved that those who CAN vote, DID vote (in spite of some major obstacles, Hello Florida!!) Hopefully those who have begun to vote, WILL CONTINUE to vote, and not retreat from the polls under the mistaken assumption that their rights have been taken away. Future elections will determine how far backward we slide on the voting issue.

Wednesday-It’s a Pink Thing:

20130628-191926.jpgThe Supremes turned around the next day and handed a MUCH DESERVED  win in the journey toward marriage equality. DOMA was dusted. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that DOMA, which bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages even in states where the union has been legalized, is unconstitutional by a 5-4 vote. Justice Anthony Kennedy explained in the majority opinion that “treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others” is in violation of the Fifth Amendment. Wow, the 5th was ratifified in 1791, and it took 222 years for the Supreme Court to FINALLY apply this rule to everyone.  I’ll repeat 222 years! One more time 222 years.   For those who feel (with much conviction) that the right to marry is a religious issue, not a political issue, I repect your right to your opinion, but I also respectfully and humbly disagree. How long will the Bible be used to justify discrimination? I’m just sayin.

20130628-191444.jpgSadly, no witty title for this one: The last color story this week, can be boiled down to Black and White.  The case of Trayvon Martin has begun.  This case has become less about the loss of life of a young man who only had a box of Skittles in his pocket, and more about the color of his skin, and the complexion of everyone and everything else involved in the case. His killer, who is a coward with a gun, and an inflated ego, the jury, the witnesses, and the opinions of people on both sides of the story. There’s not enough focus on the blood Trayvon shed. Not much mention that the fight that occured happened because Trayvon was defending himself against a man he didn’t know, a man who was chasing and threatening him, a man who was trying and obviously failing to act like law enforcement. A man who had been instructed to stand down, and wait for the police. Many irrelevant facts about Trayvon have been paraded in the media . That he smoked weed, listended to hard core rap, the whole tired hoodie issue. These are things that a lot of teenagers black, white, yellow, or red  indulge in-yet, none of these activites made him a bad person, and have nothing to do with what happened to him on that awful day.

Trayvon’s parents deserve justice. Trayvon’s unfortunate death deserves justice. Cross your fingers, say your prayers, send out good Karma, positive energy, whatever hope you’ve got.

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Comments
  1. Petronia says:

    Shaynne!!! This post gets a 10 STAR RATING!!! It must have wider publication! * * * * * * * * * *

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  2. Wow! I missed this yesterday! What a great post. Thanks for the history lesson.

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  3. Pauline says:

    Outstanding coverage of the week’s high profile issues. You could become the go- to person for those to busy to keep up.

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