Rapper Q-Tip briefly offered his thoughts on this week’s major Supreme Court rulings, which secured a major victory for the LGBT movement, while dealing a major blow to the rights of African Americans and Latino Americans.
The Supreme Court made a historic ruling Wednesday striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) 5-to-4. The ruling allows for same-sex couples to enjoy benefits in states where such union are legal.
But Supreme Court rulings regarding affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act didn’t benefit black and Latinos.
The Supreme Court decided in a 7-to-1 decision to place stringent holds on affirmative action, thus making it tougher for people of color to benefit from admittance into public universities.
The decision is the latest in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case, which will require courts to probe affirmative action programs at public colleges and universities.
African Americans’ history in the country has been horrid. Following the momentous Civil Rights era, the country took steps to eradicate the disastrous effects of slavery and Jim Crow.
This Civil Rights era earned African Americans the rights to be considered “fully” human, as opposed to three-fifths.
Supreme Court Justice Thomas Clarence shockingly likened affirmative action to slavery and segregation in a 20-page opinion piece on the case.
“Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life,” Thomas wrote. “A century later, segregationists similarly asserted that segregation was not only benign, but good for black students.” During a crucial period in American history, John F. Kennedy implemented affirmative action to address the history of racial discrimination against African Americans. Following Kennedy’s death, Lyndon B. Johnson took affirmative action further on Sept. 24, 1965 after signing the Executive Order 11246.
“Following in these inauspicious footsteps, the University would have us believe that its discrimination is likewise benign. I think the lesson of history is clear enough: Racial discrimination is never benign,” Thomas wrote. “The University’s professed good intentions cannot excuse its outright racial discrimination any more than such intentions justified the now-denounced arguments of slaveholders and segregationists.” Thomas has long opposed affirmative action.
Thomas acknowledges he benefited from affirmative action, but says his degree from Yale’s illustrious Law program didn’t compare to a white graduate, according to his autobiography “My Grandfather’s Son.”
Many of the United States high-ranking officials and leaders have benefited from affirmative action, including the nation’s 44th President of the United States.
Affirmative action helped Barack Obama, who graduated magna cum laude and was selected editor of the Harvard Law Review, obtain admittance into the Harvard Law program.
The Supreme Court of the United States, this week, struck down a key provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The SCOTUS declared Section 4 of the Act, which sets forth the formula for determining which state and local governments must seek federal approval of any and all changes to their voting laws before placing the same into effect, to be unconstitutional, according to Forbes.
The VRA is symbolic as it ensured African Americans a right to vote without being subjected to discriminatory voting practices, including literacy tests.
But in only one week the Supreme Court has taken to steps to rattle what past heroes and heroines have died to accomplish.
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