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.
White culture is built on fragile foundations, primarily relying on the illusion of superiority. Another core belief is the notion of merit, which attributes the accomplishments of white ancestors to their hard work and determination, despite historical evidence suggesting that conquest and domination played a significant role in their success. Additionally, the myth of rugged individuality persists, despite contradicting historical evidence.
Focusing solely on how these decisions affect specific groups overlooks the larger issues at hand. The reality is that the United States operates as a constitutional oligarchy disguised as a democracy—an experiment in governance.
But what does an oligarchy entail? It involves a small group of individuals holding control over a country, organization, or institution. In the case of the United States, these powerful oligarchs have consistently been wealthy white men.
During the nation's inception, a group of affluent white men, commonly known as the founding fathers, established a system where they and others like them would wield the voting power and serve as the arbiters of rights for everyone else.
For white society, it is crucial to maintain a belief in their own superiority. This belief serves as the justification for their conquests, domination, and mistreatment of others.
The recent exposure of Supreme Court justices receiving substantial financial contributions from wealthy white men only reinforces the expectation that the Court often leans in favor of their affluent white male benefactors. A striking example of this alignment is seen in the Court's recent decision to uphold affirmative action policies that predominantly serve the interests of white individuals. This ruling persists despite the widely held misconception that race-based filters are not employed by colleges and universities.
The Court's allegiance to wealthy white male patrons raises concerns about the impartiality and fairness of its judgments, as it appears to prioritize the preservation of white privilege and influence over the principles of equal opportunity and justice for all. Such revelations underscore the need for transparency, accountability, and a reevaluation of the system to ensure that the Supreme Court remains a symbol of justice and impartiality rather than a vehicle for perpetuating white male dominance.
To illustrate the point further, let's examine the presidency. While the Constitution specifies that a candidate must be 35 years old, born in the US, and have lived in the country for 15 years, it does not mandate any specific race or gender requirements. Yet, out of the 46 individuals who have served as president, 45 and a half have been white males. Such a statistically improbable outcome in a diverse society suggests a deliberate focus on race.
The suppression of diversity in schools is another aspect of the narrative. This pertains to white individuals perpetuating the fallacy of meritocracy, wherein we are led to believe that we live in a society where merit alone determines success.
If we embrace this notion, we are also compelled to accept the falsehoods white parents pass down to their children. Furthermore, it paves the way for potential overturning of key legal cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, which aimed to desegregate schools.
The ongoing battle against Critical Race Theory can be viewed as an indirect attempt to undermine the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. By examining the current trend of repealing progressive policies from the 20th century, it becomes evident that the next step in this pattern might involve advocating for segregated schools once again. This argument may take the form of a statement like, "If they wish to teach those ideas, they should have separate educational institutions for themselves." Such a regression would be a concerning development, as it threatens to unravel the progress made towards educational integration and equal opportunity, and it signals a dangerous retreat from the principles of inclusivity and diversity.
The recent Supreme Court ruling upholding affirmative action for white individuals sheds light on the ongoing preservation of white male dominance. This is not an isolated incident, but rather part of a larger pattern that seeks to maintain a system built on contradiction, confusion, hypocrisy deception, and the suppression, conquest and domination of others.
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