"M.L. King uses colorblindness to mean colorblindness." Here we have a word used to define itself. This is the same sentiment that Justice Roberts expresses when he says that "the way to end discrimination is to end discrimination." Championing his delusion as a solution. A basic tenant of the English language taught to me in grammar school was that you cannot use the word you are trying to define as the definition of the word.
Professor Williams highlights the faults in Justice Roberts's opinion beautifully in her article. But the answer to her question of why no one is crying lies in the former comment. There are those in our society who do not search for other words to describe the feelings, sentiments and definitions behind certain schools of thought. They take them at literal value because in all likelihood they themselves have never experienced the inequalities that brought these words into our lexicon. Nor will they (or their children) ever experience the injustice that has been done by this decision.
Kudos to the educators who realized the need for and benefits of truly diverse education for our young people. And shame to those including TSCOTUS who still refuse to acknowledge the psychic damage we all still suffer in this country due to our legacy of slavery.
San Francisco, CA
Jul 25 2007 - 1:43pm