Wow, what a roller coaster of a month here in the U.S. of A. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled DOMA to be unconstitutional. Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional. Good, fine, makes sense. Party time! Then, they struck down a major part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 enabling nine states (mostly in the south) to change voting rules without federal approval. Already, Texas has announced that a voter identification law that was previously blocked would go into effect immediately, and that TX redistricting maps would no longer need federal approval. Changes in voting procedures in the places that had been covered by the law, including restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation. If you didn't already know, many people of color participate in early voting. Does that not qualify as voter disenfranchisement? See what’s going on?
And most recently, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin--not guilty on all counts.
I thinkMartin Bashir sums up the important facts pretty well.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called the killing "tragic and unnecessary and said that the Justice Department wascontinuing to investigate, and that they would act "consistent with the facts and the law." Who knows if the Department of Justice will take on a civil case against Zimmerman.
Florida has what is called a “Stand your ground” law, enabling a person to use a gun in self defense and walk away, just as Zimmerman did. AsThe Daily Show reports, the law is applied across the board--unless you areMarissa Alexander (who only fired a warning shot in a violent incident with her husband).
Stevie Wonder is taking a stand by boycotting Florida, as are others.Rachel Maddow Blog(LUV her) reports that other states which have a similar Stand Your Ground law are being protested, such as Pennsylvania.
I'm in a space where I'm kinda shaking my head, feeling a bit troubled with the human race at this moment.
I wonder if it's time for a national discussion on racism. How about you, what do you think? Leave your comments below.