I wonder if the Supreme Court’s decision to dismantle civil rights voting laws in Shelby v Holder was the prelude to what we have been witnessing in the past several weeks. The speed with which states changed voting laws in the absence of protective preclearance was unprecedented. It appeared the higher court’s decision gave the states the right to suppress minority votes and create legislative bodies that appease one group of people, without representation of others in the communities.
One can argue that we are back to Jim Crow days. How can police officers kill in broad day light and still be unaccountable for their actions? Could this be the impetus for the president of the Cleveland police union to demand apologies for a constitutionally protected right of individual to protest? Are police officers not sworn to protect and serve or is it for a certain group of people? To quote Chinua Achebe “things have fallen apart.”
These new assaults on minority populations, especially African-Americans, are of great concern. The infringements on personal rights, from body searches to police brutality, have created chilling effects on our children and youth who have believed that all people are created equal. It appears our children and youth need re-education on their “abridged” constitutional rights as American citizens.
Was there ever a claim to equal protection granted by the constitution for African-American?