Some of you may recall me saying from time to time that I fundamentally believed for years now that African-Americans have fallen asleep in their beliefs that the war has been won against racism.
I was never convinced that there was any gain not won by the sheer power of arms that could not be reversed.
When you depend on the same people and institutions that have systematically abused you for hundreds of years to find the better angels within themselves suddenly, your path to justice becomes even more tedious.
When there are no better angels (in fact, there are no angels at all), within those on whom you depend to do the right thing, yet you continue to wait for those better angels, even a single angel to emerge from the devils, then.….….….….….…..
The Trump voter fraud, stop the steal lie, was a calculated move designed to steal the presidential elections in 2020 that even Republican officials deemed the fairest elections ever.
But the dark and murky intent behind the Trump lie was far more sinister than just the plan to steal the presidential elections; it was designed to lay the groundwork for an all-out assault on voting rights across the country.
When Black Americans vote, Democrats win. Republicans do not get the Black vote because they are opposed to Black autonomy.
But the fix was in for the newly found power African-Americans were flexing, [particularly after they came out in numbers and elected Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American President in 2008, and again when they showed out and elected a Jew and a Black preacher in the heart of ‘dixie.’
Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012, but by 2013, the Republican majority on the US Supreme Court led by Chief justice Jon Roberts a Reagan administration lawyer opposed to voting rights, eviscerated Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional in its June 25, 2013, ruling. … The Court declared that the Fifteenth Amendment “commands that the right to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of race or color, and it gives Congress the power to enforce that command.
Writing for Politico Magazine in August of 2015, Ari Berman wrote; Just months before Roberts came to Washington, the Supreme Court had significantly limited the scope of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. As a young lawyer, Roberts eagerly took up the conservative cause, becoming a key foot soldier in the effort to preserve that decision and weaken the VRA. It was a fight Roberts would continue decades later when he replaced Rehnquist as chief justice and authored the majority opinion in a landmark case gutting the VRA in 2013. Fifty years after the passage of the landmark civil rights law and 35 years after he first worked so hard to dismantle it, Roberts remains at the center of an impassioned debate about voting rights in America, one that shows no signs of ending anytime soon.
John Roberts clerked for William Rehnquist; an avowed ultra-conservative Berman wrote, “Rehnquist’s opposition to civil rights laws on federalism grounds and the rebranding of that opposition as principled “color blindness” would become a staple of conservative jurisprudence on civil rights issues.
In 1952, as a 28-year-old clerk to Justice Robert Jackson, William Rehnquist wrote; “It is about time the Court faced the fact that the white people of the South do not like the colored people,” “The Constitution restrains them from effecting this dislike through state action, but it most assuredly did not appoint the Court as a sociological watchdog to rear up every time private discrimination raises its admittedly ugly head.”
John Roberts, the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was indoctrinated by the Rehnquist ideology. It was that hatred for Black-Americans’ civil rights that led to John Roberts and his cronies striking down Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that has led to this new Jim Crow 2.0 attack on the rights of African-Americans & Native-Americans to vote.
Section 4(b) contains the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subject to preclearance based on their histories of discrimination in voting.
Section 4(b) of the landmark 1965 Act mandated that officials in states like Alabama, which has made it difficult and in some cases impossible for minorities to vote, could pass no election laws that impacted voting unless the law passed Federal clearance.
By striking down section 4(b), John Roberts and his cabal on the highest court flung the doors wide open for states to embark on a new set of voter-suppression laws like the ones we are witnessing in Republican-run states, and the law passed by the Republican legislature in Georgia and signed by their Governor Brian Kemp surrounded by white men under a portrait of a slave plantation.
The American Democracy is now caught up in a cyclonic whirlwind of anti-democratic activities engineered by Republicans, geared at wiping out literally all of the gains achieved by the civil rights struggles over 50-years ago.
Regardless of what eventually occurs in response to the Jim Crow laws Brian Kemp signed, those challenges will end up, you guessed it,(a) before John Roberts, a man whose life’s work has been open opposition to the right of African-Americans to vote,(b) the same man who voted to strike down section 4(b), Neil Gorsuch who illegitimately sits in the seat in which Merrick Garland should be, Brett Kavanaugh who it is alleged no real FBI background check was done on for alleged improper actions against women, the likes of Amey Coney Barrett who was illegitimately foisted on to the court, Samuel Alito & Clarence Thomas a negro who thinks he is white.
This is further enhanced by the timidity of the Democratic Party and individual elected members of that party based on that party’s identity politics.
Frozen in fear of losing their personal seats, individual politicians like Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly place their own political survival over the agenda of the voters who elected them to office.
So even when the Democrats have the majority, serious and consequential issues like voting ‑rights, ending the filibuster in the Senate, and adding more justices to the supreme court to right the wrongs perpetrated on the nation by Mitch McConnell in the Merrick Garland case cannot get done.
Republicans know that Democrats are squeamish; they know they are afraid to go bold and big even when most American people voted them into power to do the big, bold things.
Stricken with fear of the minority party and division in their ranks, the Democrats who now control the White House, the Senate, and the House, are unable to pass their agenda.
Republicans could care less; when they have the power, they change the rules to suit themselves and ram through their agenda while the Democrats whine like puny babies.
When Democrats do not do the same, Republicans make the case that, ‘see when you elect them, they do nothing, so elect us.’ And they are again given the power to cause more harm.
In addition to that, Democratic voters refuse to vote In off-year elections; this gives Republicans control of state legislatures and the ability to define congressional district lines and autonomy on state laws, even in so-called blue states.
For example, in Georgia, the same voters who gave Joe Biden the state in 2020 and elected two democratic US Senators also have the power to elect Democrats. Still, they sit on their hands and allow Republicans to wield power they should not have as a minority party.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.