Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Civil Rights for Everyone
In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled against public school segregation in Brown v. The Board of Education. That led to a massive civil rights movement that eventually led Congress to pass a whole series of anti-discrimination laws. It wasn't an easy task. Students did sit ins. Freedom riders put their lives on the line. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life.
Hopefully, Judge Leighton started the process for universal civil rights. His decision will trigger a series of future court appeals. I have little confidence in the Robert's Court, but I am hoping that Congress will stand up during the future lame duck session and end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" forever.
When I am King, civil rights will be for everyone. Not just the powerful, the mainstream, the white, the rich -- but, for everyone.