Saturday, June 30, 2007

the race card

Irony has an unusually bazaar way of showing its head. While in Orlando this weekend (really Altamonte), I picked up an edition of the Orlando Sentinel – a move that lead many on the instant to discern I was not from around them parts. Although I was really interested in getting a recap of the 2007 NBA draft and provide my own self serving appraisal of the results, two stories on the front page adjacent to each other caught my eyes.

The first regarded a decision by Disney to reverse life time bans on four 17-year old African American male youth (who happened to be Florida State University Football prospects) from Disney for loitering The four were Avis Commack, Nigel Carr and Nickolas Moody and Vincent Williams. The decision was reversed after Philadelphia-based civil rights attorney Adrian J. Moody (father of Nickolas) looked into the situation to see if Disney was using racial profiling given that 45 of the 46 citations giving out for loitering were given to African American and Latino youth.

The other story regarded the U.S. Supreme court ruling to limit the use of race in school assignments in an effort to build diversity. The decision, 5-4 was announced by Justice John Roberts. It is just one decision in a line of many that seems to suggest that the court has moved to the other side – almost Reaganesque. From Gonzales Vs. Planned Parenthood of America to this Meredith vs. Jefferson County.

It just seems so ironic, the juxtaposition of know that one can no longer use race for the purpose of educational diversity, but that it’s ok, to pick people out and use it to ban or even jail them. Thumbs up to the new court for playing the race card.


Anonymous said...

This is nothing new, we as black people have did it to our selves, all that our ancestors have fought fore in the 70's segregation went down the drain, there is know more piggy back ride, when man stands for everything he loose everything, where are the black warriors, everybody is going to be back in chains, its already start to happen, men who want to be kept by the slave masters, who refuse to do anything for his people, God said a man who don't protect his family is lower than dirt.

Anonymous said...

guess we do all lok the same, even thoes who have fathers who are civil rights attorney's and who themselves are honor students

Mizrepresent said...

Great post! Once again you are on point!

sdvas1 said...

This is something that we as a people need to pay attention to. I was at a teacher's workshop last week and brought up the situation with the supreme courts ruling on race and schools. Several teachers did not want to talk about it; some commented how horrible it was and others just said that it is not as bad as it seems being that the No Child Left behind act will insure that blacks are not left out! Still seemed that no one wanted to step up and take some action. We have done this to ourselves and let our ancestors down.

CapCity said...

not a fan of historically rascist disney ANYway...i've NEVER been to any of "those" lands or worlds...

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