Hip Hop artist Shyne is lashing out against the Supreme Court for a 7-to-1 decision to place stringent holds on affirmative action, thus making it tougher for people of color to benefit from admittance into public universities.
The decision is the latest in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case, which will require courts to probe affirmative action programs at public colleges and universities.
“Despite having a half Afro American as president of the USA, hundreds of years of slavery & genicide still
“The history in the USA of racism, from Willie lynch to Jim crow can’t be undone in a decade or two,” Shyne wrote.
African Americans’ history in the country has been horrid. Following the momentous Civil Rights era, the country took steps to eradicate the disastrous effects of slavery and Jim Crow.
This Civil Rights era earned African Americans the rights to be considered “fully” human, as opposed to three-fifths.
“We can never ignore why affirmative action came into existence, to fight against racism
“Racism in America didnt end with the civil war blacks were psychologically slaughtered for decades 3/5ofaman
“Affirmative action ensures that the Afro American gets a chance, because he/she is disadvantaged from birth,” Shyne wrote.
Supreme Court Justice Thomas Clarence shockingly likened affirmative action to slavery and segregation in a 20-page opinion piece on the case.
“Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life,” Thomas wrote. “A century later, segregationists similarly asserted that segregation was not only benign, but good for black students.”
During a crucial period in American history, John F. Kennedy implemented affirmative action to address the history of racial discrimination against African Americans. Following Kennedy’s death, Lyndon B. Johnson took affirmative action further on Sept. 24, 1965 after signing the Executive Order 11246.
“Following in these inauspicious footsteps, the University would have us believe that its discrimination is likewise benign. I think the lesson of history is clear enough: Racial discrimination is never benign,” Thomas wrote. “The University’s professed good intentions cannot excuse its outright racial discrimination any more than such intentions justified the now-denounced arguments of slaveholders and segregationists.”
Thomas has long opposed affirmative action.
Thomas acknowledges he benefited from affirmative action, but says his degree from Yale’s illustrious Law program didn’t compare to a white graduate, according to his autobiography “My Grandfather’s Son.”
Affirmative action helped Barack Obama, who graduated magna cum laude and was selected editor of the Harvard Law Review, obtain admittance into the Harvard Law program.
“If it wasn’t for affirmative action & the people whounderstandthe ideology of leveling the playing field, Hussein Obama would not be pres
“No affirmative Action, No president Barack Hussein Obama!
1 trillion,” Shyne wrote.
The attack against the progression of African Americans and Latinos didn’t stop there.
The Supreme Court of the United States, this week, struck down a key provision in the in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The SCOTUS declared Section 4 of the Act, which sets forth the formula for determining which state and local governments must seek federal approval of any and all changes to their voting laws before placing the same into effect, to be unconstitutional, according to Forbes.
The VRA is symbolic as it ensured African Americans a right to vote without being subjected to discriminatory voting practices, including literacy tests.
But in only one week the Supreme Court has taken to steps to rattle what past heroes and heroines have died to accomplish.
Shyne wrote African Americans are due their reparations in 40 acres and an education.
40 Acres and a Mule was policy enacted during the conclusion of the American Civil War to provide land to former slaves. The policy was quickly revoked and land returned to former slave owners following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
“40 acres & an Education!” Shyne wrote.
This statement echoes a profound statement in J. Cole’s “New York Times.”
“Once kings now we pawns in this chess game/ Wall Street got black slave blood stains/Which means, we built this city/And never got scraps while the devil got fat/ In fact, reparation for niggas and desperation/Fuck money, get my kid a real education,” Cole raps.
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