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The Roberts Court

Today the Court fashions a dagger out of ’40-years of facts’ dating back to the Civil Rights Movement and hands it to a dysfunctional Congress thereby affording the House of Representatives the power of inaction to kill the Voting Rights Act. This tactic of poisoning the well of progress to quench thirsts of freedom, justice and equality goes as far back as the legacy of current efforts to limit and to curtail the exercise of the franchise. Following the lead of the Court many States and locals are now revising their Jim Crow tactics to nullify the voting power of persons whose lives have been colored by differences of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, faiths and ethnicities. Not all change is progress, especially when the persons and interests opposed to that change remain in their intent and purpose the same.

None-White Women

The parental instinct and the curfew are designed to protect children and young adults from things that can happen anytime of the day but to which kids and teens are particularly vulnerable under the cover of dark. Unfortunately, in some parts of the world ‘colored’ parents see fit to instruct their children especially their female children to come in or to stay in the house during the day light hours. They do so because they are trying to protect their children from the dangers they associate with a different type of darkness.

What color is Obama?

In plain English, Barack Obama is black. Although the offspring of a black and white parent, black is the dominant gene. To indicate his race on the U.S. Census he would more than likely put an x in the box next to ‘black’ or ‘of African decent’. That is pretty much the end of the discussion about his race.

Now, what ‘color’ is Barack Obama?

Colorblind People and the Ku Klux Klan

The discourse of difference and conflicts of difference is so impoverished that it makes a colored person looking at a picture of the Ku Klux Klan find something in it that he or she can appreciate. The Ku Klux Klan bothers to cut holes in their sheets to see what colorblind people claim does not and should not matter when it comes to the social relations of power viz., to subordination and domination in society, politics and economy.

‘Soft Attacks’

When killings and beatings become news and go viral via social media, we call men monsters that we failed to call out as boogie men when their expressions of hate were less violent but none the less vile. In the solace of solidarity with victims of intolerance and hate, understand this; ‘soft’ is an erace word. (read in menu above “WORDS!“)

Spiked “Tea Party”

The ‘plight of the ‘poor whites” is a new old political initiative. This initiative is a repeat of an Ole Southern tradition of rallying lower income ‘whites’ to do the dirty work of more affluent whites except this time instead of a Klan meeting they are organized around ‘tea parties’. Instead of guns they have placards that depict an offspring of. . .lives of persons are colored by the social and historical differences that sex, race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity represent.

Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).