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Still Second-Class Citizens


#1

Still Second-Class Citizens

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson

When I heard about the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, I thought back to another name etched into American history: Dred Scott.

In 1857, the Supreme Court was tasked with deciding whether Scott, an African American man born into slavery, should be granted his freedom. The justices not only denied Scott’s request, but also took the opportunity to send a chilling message to all African Americans, free and enslaved, that reverberates to this day.


#2

With automation, jobs to fix racially charged economic inequality are fast disappearing. Forward looking governments are establishing a Basic National Income, knowing that the alternative is chaos.


#3

No one is lower on America's social ladder than the homeless poor. Most of these are white. Consider that we are the people who stripped them of the most basic human rights (per the UN's UDHR) of food and shelter, a clear statement that Americans (regardless of color) no longer regard our truly poor as legitimate human beings at all.

It has virtually been open season on our homeless for years, as they've been beaten, brutalized, even killed, by police and citizens alike. When this happens, there are no marches for justice, no weeks of liberal media outrage, no concern whatsoever. Obviously, their lives don't matter. That fact that liberals at least highlight cases of extreme brutality against black men doesn't erase the fact that such brutality toward our homeless poor (regardless of race) is clearly considered acceptable.


#4

Agree, and add that this is would it would take to jump-start our economy. It's not terribly complicated. The more people in poverty, the fewer the consumer purchases, the fewer products need to be made, the fewer workers are needed, the more people in poverty.
US liberals went all-out for the most anti-poor pol around today, Hillary Clinton. The Clinton wing in Congress kicked off 2015 with voting to virtually end food stamps to the elderly poor and the disabled (cut from $115 per month, down to $10).

We will have to prepare for chaos. History shows what happens in wealthy countries when a large enough portion of the population is shut out, having nothing left to hope for, nothing left to lose, no consequences to fear.


#5

It is a crime to be poor in this country.


#6

Almost always has been.


#7

If you are one that believes the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what is lawful and constitutional, then you have believed a lie and a myth that Jefferson warned about. The States still retain their rights to this day to defy the federal judiciary, which has become an oligarcy. We just need strong statesmen as governors and legislatures to make that stand!

In writing to William Jarvis, Jefferson said, "You seem . . . to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy."

The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped."