Is Amer­ica re­ally ‘a na­tion of laws?’

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Al.Cal­loway715@gmail.com

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

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