Not even the never-ending battles for control of oil, precious metals and human cargo is new news. 1984-style monitoring was a) already predicted b) ongoing across several previous administrations (it’s a major plot point on The Americans and their timeline is the 1980’s). When we discussed the perils of making a martyr out of a criminal, I warned of the future blow-back where the plight of an actual innocent would be sullied.
Nope, while you were sleeping some vested interests
enemies are steadily challenging or chipping away at hard-fought power balances. The Voting Rights Act is being “adjusted” before our eyes. The Supreme Court left Section 5 standing, but now Congress will be allowed to update the formula determining which states need pre-clearance. States with a history of discrimination are required to obtain approval prior to making any changes to voting laws in their jurisdictions. While it isn’t 1965 there were a record number of voter intimidation and suppression cases during the 2012 election cycle.
On another note, Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) was tossed and the Court refused to hear Prop 8 at all. You know the aftermath of Prop 8 will go down in infamy. From an activist Mormon church with tax-exempt status spending millions to sway politics in another state, to the tiniest percentage of voters being blamed revealing the true lack of solidarity coming on the heels of a historic Presidential election, the repercussions are still being felt.
It is the offspring of previously created generations of Affirmative Action beneficiaries who did zero heavy lifting that were strategically dropped in the mix after the dogs, hoses, camera-time, assassinations – and yes – rapes used to thwart progress against many of our matriarchs, are being used in attempts to roll-up previous gains and pull the rug out from future generations because nobody’s minding the store thanks to the mass uplift of Blackistan, that is of keen interest right now.
Yeah…”we” dodged a bullet with Affirmative Action. This time. Sorta…but we want more options..not less! Edited by me, but sourced from Wiki:
Plaintiffs Abigail Noel Fisher and Rachel Multer Michalewicz sued the University of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of their race (they’re both white women) after they were denied admission in 2008 (Michalewicz withdrew in 2011). The suit asked the Court to either declare the admissions policy inconsistent with, or entirely overrule Grutter v. Bollinger, (the 2003 case where SCOTUS ruled race ‘could’ play a limited role in the admissions policies of public universities). The Fisher case didn’t overrule Grutter (phew). Otherwise, it could have ended affirmative action.
Do I think it was a coincidence they sued? No! Interested parties groom test cases often. The University of Texas at Austin coincidently accepts a majority of “students in the top 10% of each Texas high school’s graduating class, regardless of their race”. Fisher graduated in the top 12%, so her admission was up for grabs.
Competitive schools remain competitive because they don’t let anyone and everyone attend. Duh! But..but..but….nothing!
SCOTUS didn’t overturn Affirmative Action admissions policy outright…but higher education may very well be held hostage by those who ignore their inherent socially constructed race-based privilege by taking cheap shots at the coloreds. Ignoring the legacy attendees who look just like them and other children of even better privilege (or academic/athletic cache) that they can’t compete with, it must be somebody else’s fault they didn’t get past the velvet ropes into da club. This is truly a time of reckoning. Resources are being shifted elsewhere. These types of cases are not one-hit wonders, but a calculated roll out.
My thoughts are this: let’s get the financial equivalent promised in the 40 Acres and a Mule deal owed with all the back penalties that would assigned in an IRS case. Let’s give the Native peoples compensation for their stolen lands. Let’s redistribute all the wealth going to some random “foreign aid” package and account for where and to whom it’s really going. Let’s end Corporate Welfare. Let the families who benefited from anti-miscegenation laws give those who would have been legal heirs their stolen resources. Let’s create a truly level playing field, so entitled people like the Abigail Fishers of the world who presume something was taken from them because they didn’t automatically get everything they want, have to sacrifice things they thought belonged to them, but were had by hook or by crook.
Read the Ruling for which Judges voted, how they voted and who recused.