On Facebook I have a diverse set of friends. Some are 45 supporters, some are Biden supporters, some are politically neutral (if that’s a thing). Still others are in the ‘all lives’ camp or the ‘blue lives’ camp. I don’t unfriend or block unless they cross some line I have yet to define…well anyone promoting pedophilia as a sexual orientation will get axed, no question. But this isn’t about #SaveTheChildren. This is about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg; an event which has sent chills up my spine, made the hairs on my head stand and caused my fingers to type this ever so urgent article.
There are many a Facebook post about the hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell; I posted one of my own. But this ain’t about political hypocrisy.
This is about white hypocrisy and how some still don’t see or understand how white supremacy operates, affects and dictates.
President Abraham Lincoln appointed FIVE Supreme Court Justices. Three were appointed in 1862, the same year Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation as an act of war.
These Justices would serve on the bench in 1872 & 1876, the years of Slaughterhouse and Cruikshank, respectively. One of these Justices would serve on the Plessy court in 1896.
At this point you must be asking what this has to do with the death of RGB. This history lesson on how many Justices decided cases in the 1800s is fascinating but…
Well let’s look at this closely. Four years ago Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly. The president had an obligation to fill the vacancy. Mitch McConnell, even before funeral arrangements were made for Scalia, made the bold announcement that he would block any and every nominee appointed by then President Obama. In the wake of RGB’s death, less than 24 hours lapsed, Mitch McConnell declared that he would seat any nominee the current office holder appoints. Many of you think of this as hypocrisy. I call it racist. White supremist racist.
Why, you ask? Just look at the Supreme Court appointees of the 1800s and juxtapose them to today.
Lincoln was ‘against’ slavery, but he was a white supremist believing it impossible for the two races to live together. For Lincoln, there was no equality between the races. But in 1862 Lincoln was losing the Union. He needed an advantage and a strong one. Enter the Emancipation Proclamation. This gave Lincoln and the Union Army a decided advantage over the confederacy. In the same year of the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln appointed 3 Supreme Court Justices.
These Justices, along with Lincoln’s 2 other appointees would go on to decide cases whose decisions still affect us today.
Mitch McConnell understands the import of the Supreme Court Justice. He understands its import in terms of his legacy. He understands the import of the Supreme Court Justice who will uphold his white supremist ideology so that his descendants might not suffer the consequences of equality.
He understands just as Lincoln did in 1862 when he wrote and signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln saw America’s future even while freeing slaves. McConnell sees America’s future in the face of a Black Lives Matter upheaval. Both Lincoln & McConnell saw and see their superiority diminishing in the face of equality.
And in their positions, the only way to preserve their superiority is by the law of the land. SCOTUS interprets that law.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg interpreted the law differently. She was about ACTUAL equality. And she meant that shit with her life.