“I’m going down to Mississippi
I’m going down a Southern road
And if you never see me again
Remember that I had to go”
Nearly a year ago I started this blog due to my frustration with DOMA’s success overshadowing a more pertinent issue in our country, voting rights. I felt, and continue to feel, that as the LGBT movement progressed, racial issues were being pawned off as irrelevant and factored into this illusion of a post-racial society. It is primitive to believe that once we move on to a new social issue the old ones don’t matter.
“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”
The Supreme Court’s decision to release nine states and allow them ” to change their election laws without advance federal approval” sets forth a precedence that, as of today, 22 states have passed new voting restrictions over the past four years. This decision has invalidated the success of #FreedomSummer and the deaths of advocates that helped push this nation closer to a just State.
Lest we forget what these nine states mean to the Black America experience? How these states allowed for Blacks to be tortured, killed, and have their basic human rights violated simply because of the color of their skin?
I agree, our country has changed, but only to the extent of how black people are lynched, beaten, and killed. Disproportionate prison sentencing, school to prison pipelines, restrictive affirmative action, gerrymandering, voting restrictions, and gentrification are today’s racial discrimination. On JUNE 25, 2013 the Supreme Court set this country back 50 years. Please take this time to reflect on the current state of human rights for Blacks, our fight for justice did not end, it’s been sidetracked; help us get back on track by remembering our mission.
Society’s time bomb laying dormant
Our people disenfranchised from the free world
Oil for food but they still hungry
They said one vote equals one voice
But he told you if he can’t work to make it
He’ll rob to take it
Abandoning the planet and the people
Another hot summer yo, they ’bout to flood the prisons
This ain’t no do diddley, it’s a do somethin’
“Take it There” – The Roots
Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. PBS premiers Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Summer on June 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM.