This is a rant.
Apparently now we are ‘officially’ post-racial, at least in regard to protecting disenfranchised populations in the voting process. I know a lot of you have read about the super shady SCOTUS “editing” of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which deemed unconstitutional the formula used to determine which states fall under section 5 (which would be states with a history of racial discrimination). States falling under section 5, would have to get ANY potential changes in their voting system ‘pre-approved’ by the Department of Justice or a special court in Washington.
So now, even though Section 5 is still technically in play, the formula to determine which states fall under this section IS NOT. Basically, what just happened is BLISSFULLY VIOLENT IGNORANCE striking down a VITAL protection of already disenfranchised populations IN AREAS WHERE THERE ARE NOTABLE VIOLENT HISTORIES OF RACIAL INTOLERANCE AND DISCRIMINATION.
If you don’t believe me, check this out.
I’m just saying, how can we not SEE this violence against us (the ‘other’, already disenfranchised) by the powers that be?! “The conditions that originally justified these measures, no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdictions.” To me, this is SCOTUS saying that basically racism in our nation (at least in regard to voting rights) is dead, or at least it has transgressed to a point where there is no longer a need to actively protect those who otherwise would be marginalized and discriminated against in the voting process. While this is not only disheartening, it is also infuriating. I mean, what is going to happen next? What other protections that generations before us fought so hard to have put into laws, are going to be deemed unconstitutional? I mean, we have people out there fighting now, but it is VERY few. We need to put more FIGHT out there! It will be violent, though not NEARLY as violent as this society has been/is currently to us.
I was talking with one of my cohorts about the need to discuss this post-racial politic our society has begun to really take up, and how this shift is REALLY scary in the potential racist consequences. Blurring the lines of race in our society is JUST what we need to do in order to reify white supremacy in the U.S. It will take the emphasis off of Racial disparity, which will foster EVEN FURTHER racial disparities of power, wealth, and education in our society. It is obvious at this point that even though there was a time a few decades ago where civil rights and protections of racial minorities were actively being fought for, and just because there were protections placed and civil rights had DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE SHOULD EVER STOP FIGHTING. We should never forget the atrocities of the past, right?
I will write more on post-racial politics, identity formation, and the role of hegemony a little further another time, as not to dilute my point right here, right now. YOU SHOULD BE SCARED, ENRAGED, AND READY FOR ACTION. This is another example of hegemony further silencing the voices of the already marginal. Our numbers are great, let us align our voices, and TAKE A STAND. I will leave you with a quote,
“… in fact, racial gaps matter, and for reasons that shouldn’t be particularly difficult to understand. First, there is the issue of fairness itself. For whites to have such a relative advantage over people of color, and in such large measure because of the inertia carried over from past unequal opportunity, as well as ongoing discrimination, is unjust… Even more, those head starts allow whites to have advantages in multiple arenas of life, from jobs to education to housing, that will continue to place future generations of color at a disadvantage… the relative positions of whites and those of color will too often be transmitted across generational lines, having little to do with personal merit, hard work, or effort.”
–Tim Wise, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
Until Next Time, Comrades,