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On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 based on the belief that voter discrimination was no longer a problem. As Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asserted in the dissenting opinion of “Shelby v. Holder,” “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” A monsoon of voter-roll purging and racial discrimination in voting followed the court decision that protected eligible voters and their fundamental, inalienable right to vote.
The era of indifference, of procrastination, of dense denial and soothing silence is coming to a close. We now find ourselves at the border of consequences, entering the era in which we reach the point of no return. We now find ourselves required to fight another world war, a war of survival, a war on climate change.
When the candied myths sour, we will be forced to reckon with our poisoned misdirection. We are not the land of the select few, but rather we are the land of the united many, E pluribus unum. A nation of nations. A nation of immigrants. An imperfect nation that must confront the racism and hate that divides us. When we realize that we have been hollowed as a populace, that there has been a theft of our patriotism and perversion of our democratic values, then we will understand the deception.
We have time and again taken two steps forward and one step back in regard to civil liberties and voting rights, and we must recognize that we are currently in a phase of regression. As a nation we must dig in our heels, assert our values, resist the forces of hate and bigotry and push forward.
In a local New Brunswick elementary school, a young girl’s tiny hands meticulously built the divisions she had seen outside her window. She resurrected the very same walls of hate she has seen permeate her world. It was Valentine's Day and all the second graders were rifling through their bags for their gifted sweets. Her sugary focus at the moment was on those lovely messages — “Be Mine,” “Miss you,” “Soul Mate” — which for her, had been smothered by a darker reality. I watched as she had taken out her small container of sweetheart candies and began separating the white hearts from the colored hearts.
A man with a vision of unregulated growth and prosperity looked out at the self-proclaimed epoch of the business world to welcome a new era. His name was Don Regan, and he was the man who could openly tell a president that “You're gonna have to speed it up.” On March 28, 1985, Don Regan, former chairman of Merrill Lynch, stood at the bell in the New York Stock Exchange, while beside him, former President Ronald Reagan called “the bears back into hibernation” and “(turned) the bull loose.”
We are taught only a version of history in which the past and present achievements are unheard and unseen.
By no means should Black history end with the progress of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and by no means should Black History Month predominately focus on slavery, but it does provide an opportunity to reflect on the immensity of the institution and the continuation of its flawed foundational values.
We stand at a crossroads. America is plagued by inequality. People feel stuck and trapped in their socioeconomic status, yet a wave of activism is crashing across the country. People are mobilized in an effort of progress and hope is present in many. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to assert itself as not just the anti-Donald J. Trump party, but also the party of the working class, of economic uplifting and of liberty and justice for all.
The standard for gaining a political position has been diminished and lowered so that those who follow doctrines of brutality, criminality and sexual abuse can wield significant influence in their representation of the people. Lines once drawn in the sand have faded away by the winds of abuse and division. Party has been placed in front of country and pursuit of power has been placed higher than moral principle.
At a time of great divisiveness in America, “Families Like Yours" is an educational, humanizing documentary that focuses on the love, compassion and adversities of six LGBTQ+ families.
The unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is cemented in our now weathered and eroded national foundation.
When a nation formed on protest
begins to unravel the seams that tie its values together, its founding pillars
begin to crumble under the weight of its evils.
Where knowledge is power, information is a weapon. Information is the key that, depending on the whim of its controller, can either lock the masses in chains or liberate them in understanding.In Texas, 15 people determine the fate of the nation’s children — because the state of Texas determines which resources and textbooks are used.