Someone Stop the World

I feel like I’m on sensory overload; there is so much happening at the same time that it’s nearly impossible to digest and process it all. There’s Paula Deen and George Zimmerman, Aaron Hernandez, Dark Girls, A-Rod and then the Supreme Court has started the week on a roll. Not to mention, new Jay-Z next week and another Dwight Howard saga set to begin Monday. Yeah, there’s bigger issues in the world I know, but first I gotta deal with the world I know. The fact of it all is history’s being made (for better or worse) and I believe many of us are missing it because our attention is either spread too thin or we’re just worried about the wrong things.

While you were debating if Paula Deen or any of us for that matter should be able to say the dreaded “N-Word”, the Supreme Court decided an appeals court misinterpreted the justices' precedent when reviewing the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action policy and told the 5th Circuit U.S. Appeals Court to take another look. In their effort to create a more diverse student body, the University of Texas – Austin instituted a policy that automatically accepted students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class, limiting the general acceptance pool and pissing Fisher and her parents off to the point of taking the case to the highest courts.

So let’s see, an institution responds because affirmative action is damn near obliterated in the state (1996) and someone on the outside looking in sees this as unfair, then drains resources, energy and time because a few Black and Brown faces are guaranteed seats that were once promised to the good ol’ boys? In the aftermath of it all, the world’s favorite Negro Clarence Thomas, found another way to reject affirmative action in spite of the high probability it was the cause of his acceptance to Yale Law. He even went as far as to liken the practices at the University of Texas to segregationist policies of the Jim Crow Era.

Really dude?

While some of us were tuned in to Headline News watching the George Zimmerman trial, the Supreme Court was getting busy on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, saying part of it was no longer in concert with the climate of the country. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Our country has changed. While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.” What country does he live in? Wasn’t it just seven or eight months ago voter suppression laws were being fought right up against the Presidential Election? I suppose a Black president speaks to the contrary of actions of states looking to put policy in place that intimidates, frustrates and ultimately alienates mostly minority (read: Black and Hispanic) voters. That is, until the GOP finds a way to bring those populations into the fold or totally wipe them away…whichever comes first.

That sound you heard was the Confederacy giggling its ass off!

Before I left for work I received a text that Aaron Hernandez had been arrested, but the charges not announced. Before I could get into a proper discussion about that, the Supreme Court was back at it! This time, they supported gay marriage, rejecting parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and chilling on Prop 8, allowing a lower court’s ruling that found the ban unconstitutional. To sum it up, the language that says marriage is between a man and woman was removed and now the federal government must recognize same-sex couples in states where it’s legal and also reaffirmed that each state has the power to rule on gay marriage the way they see fit. It’s a step forward to marriage equality and undoubtedly will ramp up the efforts of gay rights advocates to put pressure on the remaining 37 states to realize the definition of marriage should be between love and love. Good luck in Texas, they don’t want half of their residents to vote and want to decide what a woman does with her reproductive system.

Oh yeah, Hernandez was charged with murder.

The 24-hour news cycle has given way to the three-minute commercial break as we tried to show love for Michael Jackson and keep an eye on George Zimmerman in court, but our priorities consume us and apathy seemingly governs over us. We stayed up to obscene hours to download the MagnaCartaHolyGrail app and wonder if Dwight Howard would really leave the Lakers, while other engaged in discussions based in self-image, self-hate that had nothing to do with Kanye and Paula Deen hired the real Olivia Pope (Judy Smith) on the low. Then Stevie J. got back with Joseline and Shay acted a fool outside of a plate glass window and Bobby “Blue” Bland died.

But Doc Rivers is the new coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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