To recap the week ending June 29, 2013, essentially the US witnessed it’s worst self…
SUPREMACY THE JUSTICE ACCORDING TO THE SUPREME COURTThe US Supreme Court systematically gutted the Voters Right Act of 1965 by extracting Section IV yet leaving Section V unscathed. The justification handed down by the Supremacy Supreme Court judges is that the article is no longer needed since minorities have established their rights as citizens. The court declined to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires jurisdictions with a history of discrimination in voting practices to get approval for any change in voting from the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal district court in Washington. But the court’s invalidation of the coverage formulas in Section 4 of the law effectively blocks federal oversight of election changes pending any action by Congress to draw up new formulas.
Section 5 covers nine states—Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia—as well as certain jurisdictions in several other states. NOTE: The most racist states in the US are covered by Section 5.
Essentially, this act has left those states that are most proned to having issue with minority access to voter polls-wide open to do whatever they want to do without any type of federal intervention.
Remedy of the amputated act will fall in the hands of a very hostile Congress. The question becomes what was the purpose of the Supreme Court to attack this Act in the first place? Out of all the antiquated acts, laws and reformations-why was it so critical to chop up THIS Act first? Could it be that the window of opportunity to disenfranchise those that were so critical in voting for President Obama be silenced for future elections? Is it possible that this was the perfect time to pounce on Black and Brown communities while they were categorically distracted by mainstream minutia?
DONNA BRAZILE, eloquently articulates what is needed in her commentary submitted by CNN.
It is a crying shame that the Supreme Court left a key part of Johnson’s legacy in tatters. But today, Obama — and every fair-minded American — should look to the spirit of Johnson and King and pass a new Voting Rights Act that will stand the test of time. We can’t wait. Election Day is just around the corner.
On the following day, Wednesday June 26 the Supreme Court struck down Proposition 8, enabling gay families to be legally married.
BUT WHAT ABOUT TRAYVON?
The world of social networking were set on fire when young miss Rachel Jeantel took the stand as the star witness in the Trayvon Martin proceedings. The young woman who speaks three languages, was ridiculed for her lack of eloquence, her ample size as well as her skin tone. Instead of a race of people supporting the young woman who had lost a dear friend to an act that was wholly tragic-she received abject hatred from not only the white attorney of George Zimmerman, the all white jury of women, but from her OWN PEOPLE as well. The issue was WHAT Miss Jeantel had to say not how she said it, nor how she looked saying the pertinent information. The judgement barometer skyrocketed the moment she took the stand and opened her mouth.
Nelson Mandela, the patriarch of the apartheid movement in South Africa fell in and out of consciousness. He is now stable but the man behind the emancipation of South Africa from colonial rule is not doing well. Sadly many of the young people of this generation aren’t even aware of the contribution that this leader made to the world. Upon hearing that President Barack Obama was coming to South Africa, Mandela’s closed eyes opened and he smiled-according to reports.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS UPHELD
Wendy Davis Filibuster’s for Women to reserve the right to abortion in the state of Texas.
Regardless of your position on the matter, the fact is that Ms. Davis won a tremendous battle for women’s history.
PAULA DEEN CAN’TJAMIMA THIS ONE….
The continued use of the derogatory adjective created out of hatred and belittlement of African Americans, has cost Paula Deen millions in endorsement deals. Walmart, Ceasar Palace and Food Network have all walked away from the Southern Dear who captured our hearts with her delectable goodies most likely passed down from those black servants that helped raise she and those before her.