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How Complacency, Complicity of Black Misleadership Class Led to Supreme Court Evisceration of the Voting Rights Act

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    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Did the Supreme Court kneecapping of the Voting Rights Act have to happen? Could black leadership have seen it coming and prevented it? Why didn't they, and what can we do now?

    How Complacency, Complicity of Black Misleadership Class Led to Supreme Court Evisceration of the Voting Rights Act

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Yesterday's June 25 Supreme Court ruling tearing the guts out of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be a surprise to nobody. As recently as 2009, Chief Justice John Roberts telegraphed his specific intent to kneecap the Voting Rights Act by invalidating its enforcement formula.

    Things have changed in the South. Voter turnout and registration rates now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare. And minority candidates hold office at unprecedented levels...”

    Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act rested on the history of open and legal Jim Crow in the south persisting right up until the 1960s, along with the enormous disparities between black and white voter registration and turnout. In 1965 for example, only 7% of African Americans in Mississippi were registered to vote, compared to 70% of whites.

    By the early 1980s, when black registration and turnout in Chicago for the first time surpassed that of whites, enabling the election of that city's first black mayor, it might have dawned on some that the rationale for the Voting Rights Act stood on increasingly shaky ground. If and when black voter participation reached similar levels nationwide, the victory of voting rights would have to be consolidated, put beyond the reach of succeeding Congresses, judges and executives. The only way to do that is by amending the US Constitution to make the vote a constitutional right.

    The argument for putting the right to vote in a constitutional amendment was best made by Frank Watson and Jesse Jackson Jr. in their 2001 book Toward a More Perfect Union. A constitutional voting rights amendment, specifying a citizen's right to vote, they explained, would have far reaching consequences. It would require the establishment of a uniform standard of who could register and how registration takes place, along with standards for how voting machines are procured, allocated and operated, and how votes are counted. A constitutional right to vote would provide easy grounds for removing corporate money and the contributions of wealthy individuals from political campaigns, ending felony disenfranchisement, banning gerrymandering, voter caging, discriminatory voter ID laws, and a thousand other ruses and schemes employed to keep minorities and the poor away from the polls and to minimize the effect of their votes when these are cast.

    The Black Political Class Looks the Other Way

    Amending the US Constitution however, is hard work, not for the lazy or faint of heart. It requires a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress and ratification by 38 state legislatures, a herculean task unthinkable without the creation of a powerful grassroots movement, the like of which black leaders no longer knew how to build. On the positive side, opponents of such an amendment would be stuck having to explain why the right to vote should NOT be a constitutional right. But the negatives won.

    The black political class instead crossed its fingers, complacently pretended the partial victory of the Voting Rights Act was “settled law,” and concentrated on boosting their own and each others' illustrious careers, and ceaselessly commemorating the victories of the sixties, since beyond those careers there was little indeed to show.

    I worked with Barack Obama in a 1992 Project Vote Illinois registration drive that signed up 130,000 new voters and flogged them out to the polls. President Clinton signed a Motor Voter registration law to make voter registration easier in the brief period he had a congressional majority, but dozens of state governments dominated by Republicans including northern states like Illinois refused to implement it. By the late 1990s states like Florida were deploying legal barriers to the conduct of similar registration drives, such as levying huge fines on volunteer registrars for clerical errors and making mistakes on registration forms felonies. A decade later, the kinds of successful voter registration drives we conducted in Illinois in the 80s and 90s were legally impossible in much of the United States, thanks to nearly identical legislation introduced in state after state. A coordinated assault on voting rights was clearly underway. Alarm bells should have been ringing from one end of the black political class to the other, but the black political class was too lazy to hear them.

    Senator Barack Obama on the Judiciary Committee

    Barack Obama, whose first political act was the successful 1992 voter registration drive in Illinois, reached the US Senate in the 2004 election. It was the same year Florida officials repeated everything they'd done four years earlier to reduce the black vote, and the same year county officials in Ohio sent new and functional voting machines to their white suburban constituents, and old and defective ones to minority areas. Black voters had to stand in line 10 hours for a chance to vote.

    A freshman senator, Barack Obama was assigned right away to the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees, prestigious assignments coveted by senators of many years' seniority. The Judiciary Committee interviews, questions, and passes or rejects all presidential nominations to the US Supreme Court. While Obama sat on that committee, the nominations of Samuel Alito for associate justice and John Roberts for chief justice were considered.

    It was no secret that both Alito and Roberts were committed right wing extremists, and associated with the Federalist Society, a fraternity of lawyers founded in 1982 dedicated to repealing social security, the New Deal, antitrust law, the FDA, consumer protections and civil rights legislation of all sorts, basically civilized and civilizing reform passed in the 20th century. Though the Federalist Society does not disclose its membership, Roberts appeared in their 1997-98 leadership directory, and after his ascent to the high court, Alito has been an honored guest at more than one Federalist Society event.

    As a former president of the Harvard Law Review, Senator Obama was intimately familiar with the goals and objectives of the Federalist Society. Grassroots Democratic activists besieged Senators Obama and Kerry, both on the Judiciary Committee, to vote against Alito and Roberts, if need be to lead a filibuster against them.

    Obama and Kerry said just enough encouraging words to get the pressure off themselves, then repudiated the idea of a filibuster altogether. When the nominees came before the committee, they passed up the opportunity to grill them on their Federalist Society associations and what this might tell about their expected rulings from the bench on civil rights and other questions, opting to ask softball questions instead. Obama's decision on the Senate Judiciary Committee not to fight, filibuster or meaningfully oppose the advancement of neo-segregationist Federalist Society thugs Alito and Roberts to the Supreme Court guaranteed the virtual nullification of the Voting Rights Act which has now occurred.

    By the time Barack Obama got to the White House the coordinated assault on voting rights took the form of ALEC-introduced voter ID laws. The Justice Department was slow, at best, at contesting voter ID laws, and paid no attention at all to state laws that criminalized voter registration drives such as the one the president once headed in Illinois. The rest of the black political class, following their president's lead, did the same, and the rest is tragic history.

    The black political class, which was brought into existence by the voting rights act, has failed to protect its constituency, failed to protect even themselves. They possessed the moral high ground and the political initiative for a generation and squandered it through inattention and inaction.  They spent more time celebrating the victories of the sixties than consolidating them, and we will all pay the price.

    We can and must blame neo-segregationist Republican thugs in black robes for doing what they do.. That's clear, cut and dry. But a large share of the blame in this week's kneecapping of the Voting Rights Act also belongs to our lazy and complacent black political establishment, our black misleadership class, who lacked the vision to see this coming, or the courageous leadership to avoid it, or in most cases both.

    It's not too late to begin organizing for and demanding a constitutional right to vote, along with perhaps an amendment to take the rights of citizenship away from corporations. But we can't expect any help from traditional black leadership on that one.

    Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a member of the state committee of the Georgia Green Party.

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    Rights Voting

    Bruce said that no black leaders for demanded a constitional amendment  a voting as an individual right.  But, that's not true.  After the 2000 election, Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Gary Flowers of the Black Leadership Forum, an umbrella group of the Black Civil Rights Organizations, did push for such an amendment. for see more .

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    Voting Rights Constitutional Amendment

    Bruce said that no black leaders fought for or demanded a constitional amendment that enshrined voting as an individual right.  But, that's not true.  After the 2000 election, Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Gary Flowers of the Black Leadership Forum, an umbrella group of the Black Civil Rights Organizations, did push for such an amendment.  So, what Bruce wrote about black leadership not seeking such an amendment is not true!

    Either You've Failed to Carefully Read this Article or

    You're deliberately & disingenously misrepresenting what Bro Bruce Dixon wrote-  From the Above Article: 

    } 'The argument for putting the right to vote in a constitutional amendment was best made by Frank Watson and JESSE JACKSON Jr. in their 2001 book 'Toward a More Perfect Union'. A constitutional voting rights amendment, specifying a citizen's right to vote, they [= Jesse Jr & F Watson] explained, would have far reaching consequences. It would require the establishment of a uniform standard of who could register and how registration takes place, along with standards for how voting machines are procured, allocated and operated, and how votes are counted. A constitutional right to vote would provide easy grounds for removing corporate money and the contributions of wealthy individuals from political campaigns, ending felony disenfranchisement, banning gerrymandering, voter caging, discriminatory voter ID laws & many other schemes employed to keep minorities and the poor away from the polls and to minimize the effect of their votes when they are cast...' {

    Thus one must conclude that you've over-looked this paragraph or are deliberately ignoring it.

    Jesse Jr., and Frank Watson weren't the only ones...

    ...who called for a constitutional amendment for voting rights.  But, Bruce didn't say that after he talked about Frank Watson and Jesse, Jr.  Others including Jesse's father argued for this and not just after 2000.  Instead, in the next paragraph he indicts black leaders as lazy. Quote:

    "The Black Political Class Looks the Other Way

    Amending the US Constitution however, is hard work, not for the lazy or faint of heart. It requires a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress and ratification by 38 state legislatures, a herculean task unthinkable without the creation of a powerful grassroots movement, the like of which black leaders no longer knew how to build. On the positive side, opponents of such an amendment would be stuck having to explain why the right to vote should NOT be a constitutional right. But the negatives won.

    The black political class instead crossed its fingers, complacently pretended the partial victory of the Voting Rights Act was “settled law,” and concentrated on boosting their own and each others' illustrious careers, and ceaselessly commemorating the victories of the sixties, since beyond those careers there was little indeed to show."

    Furthermore, the article is entitled is "How Complacency, Complicity of Black Misleadership Class Led to Supreme Court Evisceration of the Voting Rights Act."  That in and of itself puts it all on Black Leaders.  So again, he mischaracterizes black leadership.  I'm sorry you don't want to hear this but it's true.  Perhaps, you BAR sychophants should get out of this "Black Left" echo chamber in order to hear some differing ideas.  The cacophony is too loud.  While I appreciate your defense of Bruce and the rest of BAR, but why don't they come on here and defend themselves?

    Bruce Dixon and the BAR have an axed to grind against black leaders and if white racism is an inconvenient fact, they conveniently diminish it or even dismiss it.  Finally, he out right lied on Pres. Obama when he appeared in May on Sirius XM Left's "Make it Plain" hosted by Mark Thompson.  He said when discussing the black farmers case that Obama hadn't done anything to help them and that the President was the reason for the delay in payments being made to black farmers while women farmers, native american farmers, and hispanic farmers who cases were settled after the black farmers' case were getting paid.  Atty John Boyd, Jr.,  who represented the Black Farmers, who's a black farmer himself, refuted Bruce only minutes later and showed him to be grossly mistaken at best and a liar at worse.  You can be against Obama, but don't lie.  He also needs to use more than spell-check to check the spelling and grammar of the BAR since he's the Managing Editor.

     

    Fact is Lame-stream Dim Black Leaders Didn't/Haven't Pushed for

    such an amendment w a full scale movement- ala the 1960s Freedom rights struggle that got us the Voting Rights Act. Not even after Jesse Jr / Sr & Frank Watson's [et-al's] book on it in the wake of the HI-Jacked 2000 election debacle. I remember what a real push for a Constitutional Amendment looks like w the failed bid for the ERA by the women's libbers in the later 1970s into the1980s [a 7 yr battle that came up a bit short]. Nothing like that has occured among the lame-stream Dim linked Black leadership class- even after Jesse Jr/Sr wrote their book calling for it. IMO one Bro Bruce's main points is that after the SCOTUS just gutted the VRA it's way past time for them to start- IF They're Really Serious!

    Currently the only talk of an Constitutional Amendment is RE another atrocious SCOTUS ruling that corporations are persons & corp $$$ = poly-trickal speech [= $BRIBE$]- which is mainly coming from white Occupy Wall St types, NOT most Lame-stream Dim Black leaders. 

    PS: So what your view about how Obama as Jr Sen from IL & John Kerry, gave both Roberts & Alito such an easy pass- when they both could & should have at-least tried to block them- yet failed to even try???

    Obama & Alito

    Then, Sen. Obama did not filibuster Alito's nomination although he probably should have. Nevertheless, he was very critical of Alito and his writings while he was/is a member of the Federalist Society. See this article: http://www.humanevents.com/2010/04/12/obama-supported-filibuster-of-alito/

    After Alito was confirmed, Obama continued to critize Alito.  See the following articles: http://obamaspeeches.com/046-Confirmation-of-Judge-Samuel-Alito-Jr-Obama-Speech.htm

    Because of that Alito has beef with Obama.  See the articles below:

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/01/15/justice-samuel-alito-snubs-obama/

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/01/obama-vs-alito-face-off-at-the-state-of-the-union/1

    Re: Amendments

    It is next to impossible to get an amendment on anything to pass Congress and to be ratified by the States.  Because the Constitution is revered as sacred text like the Bible and the masses of people are very relunctant to change it out of reverence for the founders and the establishment won't change it for their own selfish, reactionary reasons.  The last amendment to take effect was the 27th Amendment in 1992 and was originally written when the Constitution was first written by the Founding Fathers.  It was ratified by the Michigan state legislature and became law. It dealt with the pay of Senators and Congressmen. (The last substantive amendment was the Equal Rights Amendment for Women in the 70s. It came close to passing but fell short.) Pushing for a Constitutional Amendment is a non-starter and a lost cause.  However, black leaders can spend less time in the courts and lobbying the Congress and spend more time in the streets making it uncomfortable for politicians to go any other way.

     

     

     

    White Racism & Black Self-Destruction Go Hand & Hand

    While there has been complacency & complicity on the part of black people & their leaders, this article's author ignores the massive resistance of racists & their targeting of black people & their leaders with embarrassment, impoverishment, jail, & death! This is where I feel the BAR has fallen down. In their zeal to indict black leadership for being failures, they almost always ignore the racism these people face. They also negate the fact that the masses apathy, ignorance, & self-destructiveness has played a part in the retardation & regression of our struggle for freedom. But for the BAR, it's almost like racism & apathy don't matter or exist.

    The BAR acts as if nobody since the 50s, 60s & 70s has done anything; that their ideas are always best;  & that's simply not true. We always seem to believe the worst about each other & this article exemplifies that by blaming mostly black folk esp. those are the top. Black organizations have been fighting for Voting Rts. It's dishonest to say they haven't. Black leaders like Harold Washington, Tom Daley, Maynard Jackson, Andy Young, Lee Brown, Coleman Young, Kurt Schmoke, Jesse Jackson, Marion Barry, Ben Hooks, Mylie Evers-Williams, Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, Dutch Morial, & many others have fought racism & tworked o improve our peoples' lives.

    They've faced persecution & harassment. But, the BAR ignores that & indicts all black leaders. They also have to contend with that "I got mine, now u get yours" attitude amongst their colleagues as well as their constituents. I'm saying if you're gonna discuss a problem you need to do it holistically by looking at all sides. The BAR acts as if nobody since the 50s, 60s& 70s has done anything; that their ideas are always best & that's simply not true. We always seem to believe the worst about each other & this article exemplifies that by blaming mostly black folk esp. those are the top. Black organizations have been fighting for Voting Rts. It's dishonest to say they haven't. Black leaders like Harold Washington, Tom Daley, Maynard Jackson, Andy Young, Lee Brown, Coleman Young, Kurt Schmoke, Jesse Jackson, Marion Barry, Ben Hooks, Mylie Evers Williams, Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, Dutch Morial, & many others have fought racism & to improve our peoples' lives. They've faced persecution & harassment. But, the BAR ignores that & indicts all black leaders. They also have to contend with that "I got mine, now u get yours" attitude amongst their colleagues as well as their constituents. I'm saying if you're gonna discuss a problem you need to do it holistically by looking at all sides.

    So every well-educated, well-off black person is a sellout and every poor, uneducated black is a revolutionary? I don't think so. There's plenty of blame to go around. Bougie negroes ain't the only ones falling down. The problem with the BAR is they are socialists or dare I say communists. They believe that only the govt should control the factors of production. They loathe anybody who has a lot of $ & to them wealth is a cussword. They want our economic system to be like the USSR, Cuba, or MAO's China. That's not the American way. The business of America is business. Either teach our people how survive & thrive under that economic system or move to Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, or Venezuela: neo-socialist countries b/c u ain't gonna be able to overthrow this govt!

    Bruce Dixon doesn't believe in entrepreneurship & he thinks the govt should provide jobs & housing. That's socialistic. I'm not saying that's bad in theory but it won't work here b/c our govt & society at large won't support it. So, it's not practical. They criticize corporate capitalism & its power over the govt, but yet they remain ambivalent over entrepreneurship. They want the same local, state, & federal govts that are in bed with big "bidness" to provide economic relief to the people. That makes no sense! The govt's the problem but u see the same corrupt govt as the solution. They bemoan about electoral politics and say we need return a politics of protest, but they offer no talking pts. or marching orders on how to "organize; organize; organize!

     

    To Say that BAR Never Talks About Racism is Just Hyperbole,

    Or that BAR doesn't critique the fact that too many Black folks have had a hand in their own mis-circumstances- particularly w their unswerving loyalty to the Dim-o-crap Party- especially after the advent of the 'Obama Candidate'. Too many of us have now become cheer-leaders for US imperialism under Obama's regime- when under the Bush-Cheney regime we generally were NOT.

    And BAR does not hide the fact that they espouse socialism from a Black perspective- so that's no revelation at all. As far as electorial politics is concerned, BAR has not said reject it out-right, they've said its not enough & Blacks & progressives must look beyond the corp 2 party duopoly- especial RE the Dim-o-crap Party. And they've said there needs to be a movement like in the 1950s, 60s & 70s but updated for today's realities- & also important lessons learned from the 1960s' Freedom Movement's successes & failures. 

    You can only try to claim BAR indicts all Black leaders if your definition of a Black leader are only those unswervingly tied to the lame-stream Dim [or even Repug] party line- especially under Obama. But perhaps you think folks like Cynthia McKinney, Kevin Alexander Gray, Carl Dix, etc- don't meet your idea of  what a 'Black Leader' is. 

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    The Definition of A Black Leader...

    is any black person who wants serve black people regardless of his/her ideology or politics.  So, yes, Cynthia McKinney, Kevin Alexander Gray, and Carl Dix are black leaders.  But, they're not the only ones.  Just because you're a Democrat or Republican doesn't make you a misleader or a Tom and just because you're a leftist, socialist, or greenie doesn't mean that you aren't one.  The fact is the BAR is an info-tainment blog not a political or protest organization.  So, a lot of what they write is designed to get readers.  But, I do think they have a responsibility to be honest and fair about the subjects they cover while trying to increase the number of visitors to their site and solicit donations in support their operation. Maybe, they should call their site the (Black) Leftist Agenda Report rather than the Black Agenda Report because they certainly don't speak for all, most, or even a significant percentage of black people.

    You can't blame black leaders without also blaming Chief Justice Roberts and the 50 year-long racist, right-wing backlash that he's a part of.  You can't tell black people they're wrong for being proud of Obama and for imagining that he fulfills their aspirations.  The BAR needs to stop talking down to black people and stop telling them they're dumb and stupid for the choices they make.  All you do is make people dig in their heels.  You also can't blame black people for being Democrats without giving them a viable alternative.

    The Green Party is no such alternative and neither is the Black is Back Coalition.  The BAR would be much more effective if they at least gave people instructions on how to organize rather than criticize those who are organized (i.e. the NAACP.)  That's how black radio worked in the '60s.  Why don't they start with sharing the teachings of Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Kwame Toure, or some other black radical, periodically.  Then, people could at least organize to make a difference in their own lives and communities and not just vent their frustrations or live vicarious through the politcians, pundits, and bloggers like spectators of a politcal football game.  If they're not willing to that, then they're no different that Current TV or MSNBC -- just talk.  At least, FOX gives its viewers talking points.

    Seems You're Doing some Strawman 'Shadow Boxing' w Your Diatribe

    Because BAR does actually & continually say that its views are from a 'Black Left' perspective. Your comment about Roberts & the 50yr long racist-backlash makes me wonder if you actually read this article? And though BAR often critiques Obama & the fact that so many Blacks uncritically backs Obama & the Dims [perhaps you yourself fall in this category], they seldom if ever use the term 'Dumb & Stupid'.

    And As far is FOX Noise is concerned- Who gives a damn about their talking points when their views are for right-wing racists & full of CRAP!!!

    Re: Talking Points

    If you had read what I wrote, Nixakliel, you would have seen that I said the FOX provides it viewers talking points not that we should care about their talking points.  The BAR should give its readers talking points if they want to be effective in getting their message out.

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    Wall to wall coverage of gay marriage benefits while Black people have just lost our right to vote again...

    These Nazi Republicans are going to nickel and dime the system until that dictatorship in Michigan is brought to every state. Isn't it interesting that this ruling came down around the time of the 150th anniversary of the decisive Battle of Gettysburg (Civil War)?

    We're on the road back to Jim Crow and slavery. The four unelected Nazi judges and their servant -Clarence Uncle Thomas- wouldn't dare hand down such a ruling if they were not encouraged by the complicit, closeted racist of the white liberal establishment and their "Black" slaves.

    SCOTUS Queer Marriage Ruling Distraction RE US March to Fascism

    IMO it's NO coincidence that just one day after the SCOTUS Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights act [= an insidious assault on the 14th & 15th Amendments], they appeased 'liberals' w a ruling favoring so-called 'marriage-equality' as a clever distraction. Thus in the 'liberal' blog-o-sphere they stopped talking about the SCOTUS assault on Voting Rights & started praising SCOTUS RE 'marriage-equality'. 

    Some Head-Lines: June 26, 2013 by The Guardian The Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Were Historic, but Not Enough - America will now be a kinder place for gay couples [so what about Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, the working class & working poor, whistle-blowers, etc...], but the battles do not end today. 37 states are without 'marriage equality' ...

    June 26, 2013 @ Huf-Post  Death of DOMA and Transformation of America on Gay Marriage

    June 26, 2013 by Common Dreams Win for Equality: SCOTUS Rules DOMA Unconstitutional: [ironically this article features a Black {gay?} guy holding up both the American & 'Gay-Pride' Rainbow flags- the day after SCOTUS ruled that voting rights is merely a 'racial-entitlement' for Black & Brown folks in the good ole US-of-A]

    June 27, 2013 by [DN!’s own] Amy Goodman @ TruthDig: The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: [a telling Amy G quote: 'the legal ‘TRAVESTY’ that defined marriage in federal law as only between a man and a woman...']. While Amy G does note that the SCOTUS court had just gutted the 1965 Voting Rights act, she curiously fails to even mention the details of Ms Abigail Fisher's bogus case RE Univ of TX top 10% admissions prog as race-based [NOT!] AA prog [FYI: a filthy rich white 'Good Ole Boy' & ex UT alumni, Ed Blum, was behind both cases]- RE the 2nd alleged victory she sites.  IMO Amy G's wrong. SCOTUS did NOT just take 2 steps forward & 1 step back- SCOTUS has aided & abetted the US' ever quickening march toward FASCISM- especially after Bush & Lil Bro Jeb HI-Jacked the 2000 election in FL [aided & abetted by SCOTUS], & the 9-11 'New Pearl Harbor' event on Bush Jr's watch. So they swung the door wide-open for so-called 'marriage-equality' [HUMM] as a clever distraction to appease 'liberals'! 

    However one might feel about 'queer-marriage', the SCOTUS court's gutting of the 1965 Voting rights act [as a so-called 'racial entitlement'] which many say is the culmination of the civil rights struggle [& which the modern women's & LGBT movements dove-tailed from, were inspired by, & have now apparently eclipsed]- is IMO actually an insidious assault on the 14th &15th Amendments. After they effectively 'neutralize' those IMO they won't be satisfied till they 'roll-back' the 13th Amendment- & 'Ole Dixie' would have effectively won the {'new'} Civil War!

    At best the SCOTUS Court's non-decision in the UT vs Ms Fisher case was a wash- NOT a Victory- which up-holds other court decisions giving cover to the protracted & insidious assault on Affirmative Action progs [based on race- but excluding gender].

    But Amy G [curiously] myopically overlooks other recent notorious SCOTUS court decisions IE: The Court's recent ruling in favor of notorious Chem & GMO giant Mon-Satan vs [a] regular farmer(s)

    - The Court's notoriously ruling that corporations are persons & Corp $$$ = $peech [= BRIBE$] 

    - The Court's recent ruling that folks being arrested- even on a NON-Felony beef [IE: for a traffic ticket that had already been paid]- can be stripped-searched as general procedure [there goes the 4th Amendment!]
    - THE Court's putting their seal of approval on Bush Jr HI-Jacking the 2000 election [by dissing 10s of thousands of mainly Black voters], by violating FL's state sovereignty & ordering a halt to FL's vote recount [which would have almost certainly resulted in confirming that Gore had won both FL & the WH].

     

    IMO These SCOTUS rulings telegraph what the {white} Power Elites agenda really is RE what they see as threats & non-threats. Apparently they've got NO real issues w 'queer'-marriage [one can speculate why] nor LGBT's [& women] openly [but so-called 'patriotically'] being cannon-fodder for the US' Military Industrial Surveillance Security State- & 'patriotically' slaughtering innocent women, children & elders [ironically often at Marriage Celebrations - as well as funerals] over-seas, along-side other red-white-blue blooded war-mongering men [Note: In the name of so-called 'main-stream' LGBT 'liberal patriotism'- SF's 'Gay Pride' Parade just threw Bradley Manning under the Bush & Obama Regimes' Gitmo BUS!].

    Beverly I hear What You're Say RE Amy G & DN! RE Libya...

    To be honest, I got back into occasionally scanning DN!- because last yr they did a good job covering the Trayvon & Kenneth Chamberlain killings. And this past Fri DN! gave a break down of Trayvon's girl-friend potentially damning account of Z-Man stalking & confronting [= accosting & assaulting] Trayvon, who she was on the phone w just before Z-man gunned him down- [after Z-man  started scuffling w Trayvon his phone went dead so she didn't hear the kill shot]- Bro Jared Ball's Fri show @ VoxUnion also covered her testimony. One Key Note: The jury of 6 women has 5 white women over age 35 on it, so don't be too shocked if Z-man walks.  

    Also the week before last DN! & Amy G, some-what to my surprise. gave coverage to a new documentary that challenges the official story RE the downing of TWA Flt 800. 

    No Recourse

    Complacency, normalcy bias, willful ignorance and denial are rampant among all segments of the general public regardless of ethnicity.

    An opinion still seems to exist, among political pundits and proselytizers, that there is a real battle being waged between america’s two political parties and that the ills of the nation are all the fault of the “right".

    I think the left/right argument is utterly sterile. In my personal opinion, anyone who can still summon even the faintest belief that there is any beneficial "choice" to be made from the wholly owned corporatist servant party is either delusional or in denial, which I suppose, like the ostensible “parties”, are just two sides of the same coin.

    There is no recourse for the general population to be found within the "system". There is no government in america with which to seek redress of grievances. There are no laws to be invoked to stop the criminal psychopaths who now control virtually all Earth's vital resources. The "laws" now in force were written by them, for them.

    We have come to the moment when the ruling class is about ready to stop pretending it is something other than the ruling class and blatantly declare they are masters of the world. The pretense of "democracy" and "freedom" will soon be dropped completely. The effort to disguise the reality of the totalitarian plutocracy will end and america will become a bona fide third world country.

    The pathocracy is becoming so confident of success that they are allowing the charade of civil society to dissolve. Their contempt for the People is becoming more evident every day and their true intent more clear.

    The control of america and, in fact, of most nations of the world, has been completely surrendered to the money power.

    There is no "american empire". There is the global empire of the international banking cartel. The united states of america is simply the "superpower" du jour, now an unmitigated rogue state, being used as both the sharp end of the stick, to back everyone into a corner, and a blunt instrument to beat them into submission.

    The "new world order", which most people apparently consider just another wacko "conspiracy theory", seems to be shaping up quite nicely.

    The once sovereign nations of Earth are being steadily reduced to "third world" status.

    The rapidly accelerating effects of global warming will soon render much of the planet increasingly hostile to human habitation.

    Over the next few decades, I think many major cities and population centers will begin to experience massive infrastructure failures. These collapsed essential systems will not be repaired or replaced and the cities will be left to rot. The general populations will be thrust into increasing poverty and chaos.

    The ruling class will retire to select locations, walled fortress cities, guarded by privatised armies and served by private providers. From these castellated control centers they will administer a single world government and a single all electronic global currency and economy, all of which will be enforced and protected by a single privatised world military.

    Earth, for a while, will become a third world planet.

    Just my opinion.

    As depicted in "The Hunger Games"

    At first I wasn't interested in the movie.  Thought it was just a movie for young adults.  Well, I was wrong.  It's a vivid picture of the not too distant future.  Now when I see Nancy Pelosi, I see the woman in the powdered wig and beauty marks.  When I see David Gregory or Chuck Schumer or any of a number of politicians, I see them now in purple wigs like the one Stanley Tucci wears.  Fops and scoundrels in a bad 17th century comedy.

    I'm with you Beverly

    All this emphasis on voting gets it wrong.  MLKjr, Freedom Riders, etc, didn't rally to get "better Democrats" elected.  They were involved in direct action as Glen pointed out.  They didn't have a nice little march to give the president a "wake up call" like Dr. Ron Daniels did recently.  They did non-violent direct actions.  And, by the way, I believe that this president has just pressed the snooze button on the ineffectual "wake up calls" of the black misleadership class. 

    Charade

    Well said. Your absolutely correct. But, before the public can be "educated" they'll need to be de-programmed.

    The general populace has become so susceptible to indoctrination that willful ignorance is now the new intellectualism.

    Just my opinion.

    Look at the bright side of things...

    It may not be a bad idea at all to remove all voting rights from the Negroid race.What have they done with it but use it as if it's disposable towels.They use it on election days and then throw it away until the next election cycle.Black people do not fight to defend the constitution,freedom or liberty by protesting against the government.They will take to the streets if Louis Farrakhan calls for a million man march but say nothing if the government is caught spying on all their telephone calls or torturing people in Guantanamo.As a matter of fact, I have met many Black men who have admitted participating in the torture of Muslims.So, to hell with Black people and their imagined good conscience.They are in the process of creating  dictator in Barack Obama and they are too stupid to see it.They have become just as corrupted and vicious as the White folks running this country; Especially now that Obama is running the show..I truly do not think that the Black vote really matters as far as making this world a better place.Why do they need to vote anyway when Gawd will take care of everything at the end with the help of his son Zeus and the most unholy ghost of them all.....;Gasper.?

    I concur

    Unpalatable truth!

    Racism

    Your condemnation can and should be aimed at all the people who voted for either half of the duopoly, regardless of ethnicity. Stop making it a "racial" issue.

    There are not separate "races" within the species Homo sapiens. There is only one race, the human race.

    Voting is a waste of time anyway.

    It's over.  Nothing can save anybody.  Get u a hut or a pistol to either shoot urself or somebody else when they come to get ur food.

     

    Bad Humor on my part, but "real" alternative

    Your suggestion is rationale, but I offer my own default plan.  Learn Spanish, move to Latin or South America and make love to beautiful, senuous Latim/Afro-Indigenous women and dwell among beautiful people who appreciate authenticity and the skillsets we bring to the world to make a difference in the brief time we are on the planet.  AND THEN DIE OF NUCLEAR FALLOUT.

     Would not our words and deeds go further elsewhere?  

    I recall a progressive blogger saying, in essence, what's stopping one of us from creating a more humane, equitable business model in India (and elsewhere) in reflecting on the work condition abuses and factory fire killing hundreds.

    THIS IS THE MINDSET WE NEED TO ADOPT.  Commerce has been around since the existence of humans, capitalism has evolved into it's on evil  construct.  Don't have to throw out the Baby with the bath water, just need to be fair.

    If Wal Mart and the publicly traded companies are international.. what's our problem? I always share this with young folks as a mentor.

     I'm just saying......following in the footsteps of former Governor now Congressman Mark Sanford beats fighting zombies.  " Oh, la la."  .LOL

    Jokes aside, I personally don't need to live here  in the States any more than any of the Standard and Poors or NASDAQ companies, feel me?  

     

     

    Ditto to "all of the above"

    I am highly educated but never believed in voting, except for the local (and occasionally State district level) where you can organize and be a voice, shit don't matter.

    Let these MoFos have their 1950's retro world, who cares?  The other ethnically powerful, successful groups in this country could care less, they content to let the Negroes agitate on some bullshit and coat tail it, shrewd strategy I say.

    As I said at BAR countless times, why waste your (our) energy on meaningless shit like voting or elections?

    Indulge this Hypothetical Example:  "CNN reports Rep. Keith Ellison racially profiled as Muslim member of Congress."   Really?  Who gives a damn, why is that surprising, it doesn't matter to my (our) day to day existence.  What has Ellison done for the Black polity anyway?

    I actually believe the best, most potent use of energy for Black folks is the following:

    Don't VOTE AT ALL and do what Sandy Springs, Georgia and like environs have done:  SECEDE if you don't get the services your taxes pay for.

    Better off taxing your damn self and having a local youth group get paid to pick up the garbage.  The Necks want EXCLUSION, dammit comply, because the forces are arrayed in the favor.  (Or perhaps some of y'all don't like historical analysis... mmmm...)

    Have the courage of Ecuadorians who told Obama and the US to go F**k their blatantly hypocritical selves.  Crackers don't want us to vote?  Fine, lets NOT VOTE AND SHOW THE WORLD WHAT A FRAUDULENT DEMOCRACY WE LIVE IN.

    Instead of whining like bitches, about what worthless Negro you can vote in, follow the Ecuadorian Example because these MoFos need training in democracy among other things.   

    We can cry like Lil bitches at the pain of the juggernaut or we can tell the Empire to go F**k itself.  The picture of Millions of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, whatever sitting out elections might makes these MoFos stop monitoring elections in Iran and that whole humanitarian/failed states bullshit we spend billions and trillions on.   What y'all think?  

    Protest about the BIG "We are the Leader of the Free World" LIE, or embrace the counterposition like Ecuador, inquiring minds want to know???

    The so-called "Civil Rights Movement" needs a re-set anyway, doesn't it???

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    I am highly educated but never believed in voting, except for the local (and occasionally State district level) where you can organize and be a voice, shit don't matter.
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