Topic | voting rights act

Racial Justice After Fisher and Shelby

In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court rulings in the Fisher affirmative action case and the Shelby County Voting Rights Act case, the post-mortems are in. Race-based affirmative action in higher education is on its deathbed. Anti-discrimination protections for many voters are imperiled. For the Court’s majority, two of the proudest achievements of the […]

Marriage Equality Is Step in a Much Longer Journey

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The Supreme Court struck down Bill Clinton’s discriminatory and down right offensive Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Their decision was just, and it was a long time coming. The first words out of my mouth when I heard it was “about f**king time!” followed shortly by, “is it too early for cocktails?” Moments like this […]

Conservatives

conservative kən-ˈsər-və-tiv adjective: tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions In Why I Support Same-Sex Marriage as a Civil Right, But Not as a Strategy to Win Structural Change, I got into trouble for using the term “conservative” to refer to “Christian” and to “marriage.” Because the post went viral, this was […]

The Original Construction and Intent

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According to Webster,  conservative can be defined as: tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional I start with that definition because a few political colleagues have (gently) called me out for flipping back and forth between using the terms “conservative” and “right wing” to describe the faction of the right […]

Politics is a Battle for Position: More Thoughts on the Election

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As relieved as I am about the outcome of the national elections, I can’t get the thought of how much we’ve lost in order to “win” out of out my mind. Something an old colleague of mine told me in the 1980s keeps popping into my head: politics is a battle for position. What he […]

Is It Apartheid Yet?

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Lately friends of mine have been talking about the U.S. heading toward apartheid in response to white fears generated by census reports predicting demographic changes that are likely to erode white power. They point to various attempts to disenfranchise voters of color and marginalize us socially and economically as evidence. My general reaction has been, […]

Asians are the Wedge

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On Sunday before Memorial Day, I tuned in to MSNBC to watch Melissa Harris-Perry lead a discussion about Asian American voters. The show started out with some promise. But as it progressed, I found myself descending into a rant. By the end, I was full-on pissed. For all of the good intentions, one subtle but […]