By Thulani Conrad Moore, ROJ Trainer
The Supreme Court upholds the myth of white supremacy in our constitutional oligarchy we naively call a democracy.
If our analysis of the Supreme Court decision solely focuses on its negative impact on people of color, we overlook the broader implications. The harm inflicted upon people of color is merely the surface-level manifestation or the tip of the iceberg, so-to-speak, of a much deeper issue. This decision serves to reinforce the persistent myth of white superiority and further sustains the very purpose of racism itself—to uphold privilege and power for white individuals, while demanding that the rest of society play along with the illusion of equal access. By solely addressing the immediate consequences for people of color, we fail to address the systemic roots of racism.
The Supreme Court's recent decision to maintain white male dominance reveals a pattern that has persisted throughout the history of the United States. Contradiction, confusion, hypocrisy, and deception have been instrumental in upholding this dominance.
By Rev. Dr. Calenthia S. Dowdy, ROJ Trainer
I hadn’t intended to write this. It’s Sunday morning, July 2nd, and I’m sitting in my easy chair watching CBS News Face the Nation. Former Vice President, Mike Pence, one of the many hopefuls in the Republican party to be their nominee for President is being interviewed. Naturally he was questioned about the recent Supreme Court decision to end Affirmative Action in colleges and universities.
When asked if fundamentally he believed there was racial inequity in the education system in the U.S., Pence responded by saying... “I really don’t believe there is, I believe there was, there may have been a time when Affirmative Action was necessary simply to open the doors to all our schools and universities, but I think that time has passed, and we’ll continue to move forward as a color-blind society which is really the aspiration I believe of every American.” Pence went on to try to quote Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2003, saying,
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