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Or so I am lead to believe and that minorities need no protection when a majority popular vote says there is no need to protect the minority concerned. This basically what SCOTUS is claiming in with gutting the Voters Rights act and the concept of Affirmative action.

Affirmative action benefited women greatly and finally we have a graduation rate the same as for men [based on population split].

The first affirmative-action measure in America was an executive order signed by President Kennedy in 1961 requiring that federal contractors “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.” In 1967, President Johnson amended this, and a subsequent measure included sex, recognizing that women also faced many discriminatory barriers and hurdles to equal opportunity.
This can be regarded as a success for affirmative action.

As any good Republican will tell you that there is no War On Women although every State House that is Republican controlled indicates otherwise. Assaulting of women with a vaginal probe is totally acceptable, contraception by aspirin, equal pay means you will fail in finding a husband, paying more for health care normal and being obedient is a norm.

Of course we all know racism is so over and the birther/tea party movement had nothing at all to do with the color of the Presidents skin. The kid glove  treatment of these movements by both the GOP and the MSM is telling.

Of course discrimination against the LGBT is over as can be seen from progressive legislation in Arizona and Mississippi.

The onus is now totally in the hands of those being discriminated against to prove the discrimination such as equal pay or that your application was refused because of race, gender, sexuality. As we all know there are plenty of soft reasoning to get around why the choice was made, however sometimes the results are clear.

Three years after the court allowed race-based admissions, Michigan voters blocked them at state schools through a ballot initiative. The result is fewer black students crisscrossing the Diag, the wide space that cuts through the heart of the university’s Ann Arbor campus. Black enrollment is down about 30 percent at the undergraduate and law schools.
The reality of today is that racists, misogynists and homophobes have found more intelligent ways of operating rather than by just stating clearly their thinly veiled bigotry. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor clearly stated
"In my colleagues' view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. "This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society."
Some even believe that affirmative action has handicapped the majority and even resulted in "whites" are being discriminated against. Really? Look around, seriously, really? It's the erosion of the  ingrained culture of privilege that drives these attitudes, the reality is different. Just look at the make up of congress and even the state houses and that tells you all you need to know about just how equal our society is in fact. Look at the boardrooms across the nation if you think the private sector is better.

You will know when discrimination is over, it will be as clear as the light of day. Also the gains that have been made thus far can be swiftly reversed as has been shown when the GOP gains control at any level, especially our highest court. Look at the accumulation and income inequality, who comes out of it best and it has nothing to do with averages.

4:31 AM PT: Oh and you know its over when

Yes, he praised slavery. And when given the opportunity to backpedal, he doubled down.

You may think that this does not occur often. You would be wrong. Here are a few other prominent conservatives who have suggested slavery was not all that bad.

http://www.salon.com/...

4:36 AM PT: One day perhaps, but we have not got there by a long way

http://www.let.rug.nl/...

Until then, a helping hand is still needed.

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  •  Tip Jar: It's so over (17+ / 0-)

    "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

    by LaFeminista on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 03:38:28 AM PDT

  •  You can tell its over by how the Right has no (9+ / 0-)

    issue with Obamas being black. Or by how NYs stop and frisk focuses on upper class whites. Or by how they give Minority communities as easy access to voting as other non minority communities.

    Or is that an episode of Star Trek, I might be confused.

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 03:48:00 AM PDT

    •  I think discrimination has become more subtle. (3+ / 0-)
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      LaFeminista, MartyM, mconvente

      It manifests more as class discrimination, rather than purely race discrimination.  Of course, poverty impacts minorities disproportionately, so the bottom line is about the same.

      Same with criminal history as a barrier to employment - the poor, and therefore minorities, are more likely to be convicted of crimes (for a bunch of different reasons which are not always related to guilt vs innocence).  Again, the bottom line is the same.

      "A man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.." - Teddy Roosevelt -8.12, -5.18

      by ncarolinagirl on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 04:40:06 AM PDT

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    •  Polarization has made discrimination unnecessary (3+ / 0-)
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      LaFeminista, fToRrEeEsSt, mconvente

      Republicans are so far out of range of ordinary standards of measuring, weighing, and judging discrimination that its enough for them simply to say you are not not us, you are not the 1%, and we all know exactly that by that one simple standard, that we are not billionaires, we no longer get to bitch about anything.

      Most Republicans are in the not us category. Poor white trash cannon fodder expected to put their women up front so their slaughter can further "fire up the base".

      Just the fact that they are labeled "the base" ought to be enough to let them know they are not the apex of the pyramid. They get to keep and bear arms and get shot when the BLR gets tired of backing off to prevent a massacre of the stupid.

      My kids and the new Pope are probably part of the 2%, no longer considered rich and powerful enough to play whatever games the opus dei 1% thinks its up to.

      When it comes to discrimination look at who's funding climate change, science and evolution denial, demands for a war on women and the poor, expectations of global plutocracy and oligarchy, and continued demands that we spend $700 Billion a year on a defense department.

      Look at who's falling into line as "the base" in the US Congress and Supreme Court in return for personal deals that hurt the party that brung them.

      Our Defense Department has a lot of men and women still trained to follow orders despite they realize the real enemy is the warming bringing a rising sea level that threatens to take out over 100 East coast cities with populations over 100,000 by 2035.

      Global warming caused by energy company's greedy desire to sell every last bit of carbon they can get us to burn is a weapon of mass destruction worse than any chemical, biological or nuclear threat produced to date.

      The discrimination between people who give orders and people who take them and die fighting in the military; the people who will die fighting over a northwest passage for the last of the oil and gas to make their way to China from Canada without the need for a keystone pipeline is blatant.

      I'm going to go out on a limb and declare we are all in this together, not just women, blacks, LGBT seeking marriage equality, elderly people desiring not to have to choose between, food, heat and medicine, children seeking a future that's not underwater.

      Its time for a redistribution of wealth which has become the essence of the real discrimination we need to fight.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 04:44:02 AM PDT

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      •  Your final point is of particular note, because (1+ / 0-)
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        I agree its the 'almost everyone' vs 'the few' and part of the problem is 'almost everyone' is still fighting amongst itself and goes out of its way to be divisive (Wingnut, libtard etc, both sides do it).

        Lately ive been really trying to be inclusive and cut out the language they separates us and look for the things that unite, but even here I get a lot of flak for not hating the teaparty and other far right elements.

        We have a long path ahead of us, first by getting ride of divisive language and expressing things that unite, and that's before we have any chance of taking on the real adversary.

        Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

        by fToRrEeEsSt on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 04:55:20 AM PDT

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  •  I can tell that this country was created for (2+ / 0-)
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    evil white supremacy & oppression & it continues today.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 04:24:26 AM PDT

  •  John Roberts SC=one of the worst SCOTUS (5+ / 0-)

    John Roberts has presided over a Supreme Court that will go in history as one of the worst ever. It is incredible what these people have been doing.
    It is critical for us to make sure a Democrat wins in 2016. But, I think it is also critical for the President and Democrats to motivate people to get out in 2014. That's the only way we stop these Thugs.

  •  Two things stand out in this excellent diary. (4+ / 0-)
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    Well, at least they did to me.
    First is the use of the term "soft reasoning", which says a lot about these adverse decisions by this divided court.
    Then, Justice Sotomayor:

    "In my colleagues' view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. "This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.
    That reminds me of Thurgood Marshall, who said, and I think it applies here:
    "What is the quality of your intent?"
  •  Praising slavery, Africans got a free ride over, (4+ / 0-)
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    while Euros paid their way. This neoconfederate logic is central to the Roberts agenda. Government has no role in promoting equality, from Confederate VP Stephens' 1861 Cornerstone speech, all people are created unequal. Same with McCutcheon, the rich should have a say commensurate with their bank accounts, equality means not interfering with the natural order of inequality.

  •  Especially if AA is going down - (1+ / 0-)
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    White legacies should be held to an additional independent check just to weed out the stupid ones still getting a pass because their mom or dad went there.

    Best Scientist Ever Predicts Bacon Will Be Element 119 On The Periodic Table

    by dov12348 on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 07:09:23 AM PDT

  •  We can tell it's true (2+ / 0-)
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    by the lack of meaningful response by Democrats.

    But then what else is new?

    All three branches have been working overtime to eliminate individual Rights of all kinds. Democrats have been there to help through acts of commission and omission. It literally couldn't have happened without them.

    We should not expect things to get better.

    And no, Democrats don't prevent even worse things from happening. They are part of worse things happening in the Class War, Climate War and Rights War. Three decades of evidence show that they will NOT be preventing worse things from happening in these spheres.

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

    by Words In Action on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 08:19:09 AM PDT

  •  Judging by yesterday's diary reactions (1+ / 0-)
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    too many people here think it is so over as well.   We are living the life of equality for all, no need to worry, minorities, women, LGBT, recent immigrants, any discrimination you think you see happening to you or your friends or family is a mere figment of your imaginations.

    Yesterday, lynchings are down, segregation by law is no longer allowed and lots of black kids get into the University system in some place and they have marriage equality in some places too though you can still be fired for being gay in much of the country, but hey, no worries. Its not as bad as it was so who needs affirmative action.

    Makes me wonder if conservatives are the only ones living in their own little fantasy worlds.

    •  I have read too many comments here to even (2+ / 0-)
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      think that this might be the case

      Makes me wonder if conservatives are the only ones living in their own little fantasy worlds.
      It is amazing how quickly any advances can be undone. Citizens united be another to add to the two mentioned in the diary. Hobby lobby next up

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 09:53:12 AM PDT

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    •  As to yesterdays diary (1+ / 0-)
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      it went exactly as I thought it would

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 09:54:55 AM PDT

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  •  I've said this more than a few times, (1+ / 0-)
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    but SCOTUS doesn't decide what is/is not good policy.  They decide what the law is.  Yesterday's decision didn't declare that we live in a post-racial society or that minorities no longer need protection.  It DID declare that the 14th Amendment allows a ban on AA.  Those are two very different things.  

    •  Wait and see the result of this. (0+ / 0-)

      Oh and by the way you haven't taken how the court has framed its reasoning as in the gutting of the voting right act. This is just the beginning of the unintended or intended consequences. Michigan has already seen a massive drop in African American enrollment. Look at where opportunities are limited by poverty the most.

      We are going backwards.

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 02:12:17 PM PDT

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