One Step Forward. One Step Back

This week has been one of the busiest weeks in American politics that I can remember. The Supreme Court has obviously been on some type of rampant power trip and it’s been striking down rulings left and right. I’m sure we’ve all heard the gist of what’s been going on, but let’s think about and analyze what this really means for us as a nation.

First, on Tuesday, America took what I would like to describe as: a thousand million steps back into history regarding civil rights. This came about when the Supreme Court decided in a 5 – 4 decision to strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act. In layman’s terms, the VRA is the act that was enacted in 1965 to protect people from discriminatory voting practices. This act was essentially made to ban states from incorporating practices that would hinder or prevent minorities from voting. Well Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that, that thinking was outdated and basically we no longer need those protections. Not striking down the entire act, the Supreme Court has only taken away the map that describes in essence who is allowed to do what, where, and how. Leaving states to make their own decisions. President Barack Obama stated that he is “disappointed” in the Supreme Court decision. What does this mean for us? Well envision a time before 1965 in states like Alabama when black lawyers, teachers, and doctors had to wait in line for hours to take what were called “literacy” tests to determine if they were eligible to vote. Only to be told they were illiterate and therefore could not…let that marinate.

Then on Wednesday, as we were still dissecting and analyzing what just happened a day earlier the Supreme Court (in an effort to take our minds off of…nevermind) struck down yet another historic and controversial act. This time for the better. The Supreme Court ruled in another 5 – 4 decision that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. A victory that the LBGT community as well as us folk who just believe that Love is Love have been waiting for. This is NOT to be confused with the legality of gay marriage. So what does this mean for us? Well for the 12 states that recognize same sex unions, these couples will now be protected and eligible to receive some federal benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy.

A victory and a set back…at the same damn time.

What do ya’ll think of these two rulings? For? Against? Indifferent? Let me know!

Peace, Love, & Blessings


Tyshia Shante
Founder & Editor of This Brown Queen

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3 thoughts on “One Step Forward. One Step Back

  1. Face facts; the Court struck down that part of the VRA simply because there was no evidence suitable for admission to a court to substantiate that it should be continued, generations after it was first enacted. The SCOTUS simply said that it must be nullified until such time as Congress can come up with modern evidence.

    If, in the unlikely event that those 9 states are as racist as you want to believe, it’ll be back in place after an election or two.

    • Thanks for your comment. I understand the facts of the ruling. And I understand that it is now on Congress to come up with a new plan if we need a plan at all (which I think we do). I don’t think the events and the FACTS that the our southern states are just “not there” yet when it comes to racial equality are as unlikely as you’d like to believe. I can only hope that if and/or when these events come to play that Congress will not hesitate to put the act or a modified version thereof into place.

    • I neither believe nor disbelieve that a plan will be needed…and I certainly don’t trust Congress to decide whether it does or not because they – both parties – really liked having that sort of control over some states.

      There will, however, be a big problem. With 90%+ Blacks voting Dem, how is Congress to differentiate between normal, run of the mill, gerrymandering and racism?

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