Skip to comments.The Winner of the Civil Rights Movement was . . . Washington, DC
Posted on 02/14/2012 1:55:32 PM PST by billflax
Amidst flowery February orations, in retrospect, the Civil Rights movements main beneficiary appears to be Washington. State segregation ceased, which is well, but forced federal integration remains, well, wrong. Washington rightly overturned denials of freedom oppressing southern blacks, but did so by infringing on others liberties elsewhere. En route, civil rights became the sine qua non of American statism.
Civil rights legislation provided the primary catalyst for governments escalation since WWII. Sadly, the Civil Rights Act brought neither legal equality as proposed in theory; nor equality of outcomes to which the Left strove in practice. The CRA failed doubly. First, rather than ending, it merely redirected public discrimination. Second, it empowered public officials to invade previously private spheres.
Such legislation lubricated the machinations of muscular government redistribution. President Johnson, soon after the CRAs passage, shifted to begin promoting Great Society initiatives by promising blacks, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result. To lessen inequality, Washingtons principle endeavor has become leveling wealth through massive redistribution schemes.
Its said, Hard cases make bad laws. Smashing segregation yielded Washington legitimacy it wouldnt otherwise enjoy to intrude where Americans wouldnt otherwise allow. Because the civil rights movement was rendered just, Americans readily sacrificed freedoms of association and previously sacrosanct property rights; state sinecures then sped gleefully ahead aggrandizing government.
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This was, however, predictable, and it was predicted.
The “Civil Rights Act” should never have become part of American law, past “discrimination” notwithstanding.
Regardless of how the law was supposed to operate, its unintended consequence was to create entire groups (racial, ethnic) of “protected” persons with “civil rights” -greater than- ordinary (i.e., “non-protected) groups.
This is right out of Orwell’s “Animal Farm”:
“All the animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
What’s worse, another consequence of the law was the “discrimination industry”, headed by folks like Jesse Jackson, et. al. For with the creation of protected groups, there now became the need to seek out and “correct” every potential shard of “discrimination”.
And all the while, the discrim-industry, aided and abetted by the left-leaning education cabal, indoctrinates the young with the theme that if one is a minority, one must naturally be the “victim” of discrimation of the evil Euros, since the beginning of time.
And it doesn’t improve. With each groveling of the Euros before the discrim-industry, the caterwauling is never assuaged. Rather, it intensifies, for every time the Euros concede, that becomes further proof of their “racism” in the first place.
The final result is that after 50 years of the civil rights industry attacking racism, not only has their “business” not shrunk, but instead has grown. As they say, if you subsidize something, you get MORE of it.
And that’s what the Civil Rights Act does:
It subsidizes “racism”.
Want people to truly be equal?
Then repeal the Civil Rights Act, which by design or default will forever prevent that goal from becoming reality...
As David Horowitz quoted, with the left “the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”
Civil rights was just another tactic for the left to push for more government power and control, which is why it has never been allowed to be settled law.
Did any speech given so far during this Black History month, mention the sacrifices of the 330,000 WHITE UNION SOLDIERS who died by the Lincoln and Abolitionist Administration directives in the pursuit of The Union and the Slave Freedom?
Of course, the suffering and their loss to their families is not worth mentioning.
Great point MarkTwain. You’d like this article about how the Marxists usurped the Civil Rights movement:
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