The Movement in 2014 to ban Affirmative Action
By Roger Caldwell
When Clive Bundy, a Tea Party hero tells Americans the problem with African Americans is that they have not learnt how to pick cotton. And Donald Sterling, NBA team owner tells his girlfriend to not take pictures with African American basketball legends, in 2014; there is still a race problem in America. Back in the beginning of the 1900, Du Bois said, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.”
Du Bois, a Harvard graduate argued that the concept of race would determine human history and world domination. He believed that the notion of race denied the opportunities and privileges as a result of the color line. Many scholars of color today believe that the system has not essentially changed, because there is a race problem, and class system that protects the status quo.
As a result of America having the first African American president, many main stream scholars argue that discrimination and racial exploitation is disappearing, and decisions are now race neutral. Many believe that every American can now enjoy the privileges of being a citizen without regard to his race or his color.
Even though many people of color have identified many Tea Party members as hoodless racists, the Supreme Court has decided to release a ban on race as a factor in college admissions in Michigan. “Last week, The Supreme Court says in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their constitution to prohibit public universities from considering race to admissions decisions. The 6 to 2 judgment could encourage other states to adopt similar bans on race-based college admissions,” says Dr. Sinclair Grey.
There is now a movement that is sweeping country, where fairness and justice is being replaced by intolerance and hatred. Many Americans no longer believe that Affirmative Action is fair, and it is reverse racism. White folks feel that they are being mistreated, and the election of Barak Obama proves that African Americans have the same opportunities as all Americans.
But Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave the dissenting opinion of the court by challenging Chief Justice Roberts. Sotomayor went on to say, “Affirmative Action helped her rise from public housing to attend an Ivy League university. She gave a detailed history of the court’s decision regarding political empowerment and efforts by majorities to dilute the strength of minorities. She reprinted pages of graphics showing the decline of minorities at top universities in California and Michigan since the states prohibited the use of racial considerations.”
Basically, Jusiice Sotomayor was arguing that race matters, and her colleagues cannot just wash it away as if it does not exist. People of color need the protection of laws, and the Supreme Court has an obligation to safeguard its resident’s rights.
The problem of color was the defining problem of the twentieth century in the world, and it is still a defining problem in America in the twentieth-first century. People of color are still being exploited, discriminated, and mistreated, but many citizens refuse or afraid to initiate a local and national conversation on race.
As Americans, we can wish or try to wash it way, but it keeps raising its ugly head. More Tea Party members are arming themselves with guns and weapons, and it appears they are preparing for war.
Since a Black man has won the election of president two times, white America feels threatened, and they feel their power is slipping away. As America struggles with the problem of the color line, the question must be raised, “what part will it play in the progress and advancement of human rights and equality in America and the world.” Americans can put their heads in the sand or confront the problem head on.