Is America really ‘a nation of laws?’
When Black Panther groups brandished arms to protect black people in their neighborhoods, white America went ballistic, irrespective of the group’s lawful right to bear arms. When Robert Williams organized blacks in North Carolina to bear arms to protect themselves primarily against lawless whites, including law enforcement members, he and his movement were called criminals. So were the Deacons for Defense and Justice in Louisiana.
President Donald Trump’s f ather marched with the Ku Klux Klan in New York City, and President Harry S. Truman (Democrat) was a KKK member as was President Warren G. Harding (Republican). Several past members of Congress were also members of the terrorist organization that lynched blacks. The KKK also bur ned and stole black people’s property, raped black women and put many black men and boys on the chain gang.
Any l aw that can be twisted and turned, tied in knots to have any kind of meaning, is, to my mind, nothing short of lawlessness. That state governments can slide around the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution and deny blacks their right to vote through voter suppression edicts is lawlessness personified.
The Fourteenth Amendment says “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” In the same Section One the Amendment states “. . . nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
What about the Fifteenth Amendment which says “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous conditions of servitude.” So, is America really ‘a nation of laws?”
If , then, by definition, a democracy is “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives,” making segments of said population ineligible by trick of law is lawlessness! Ergo, where i s “democracy?” DO YOU TWEET? FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @SFLATIMES