Quote #633 - Who Are We Protecting? #WhoAreWeProtecting
25 Aug, 2014
"The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded."
"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy."
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
Who Are We Protecting?
Tell me, please.
The right of a young black man to walk down the street without getting killed? or the right of older non-black men to subdue and subjugate them because they find them scary?
The rights of people to protest? or the rights of the people who fear them, and who fear that they will inspire violence?
The rights of people to show their rage at obvious systemic injustice? or the right of business owners to not fear property loss? (with the risk that a couple of people may cross a line, or use the opportunity to do bad things, but there's the same risk at every ball game, at every dance hall, at every rock concert)
The rights of people to see and know what is happening? or the rights of the people who want to keep it under wraps, and maintain their illusions about their town, their lives?
The rights of women to venture forth into previously-disallowed places, careers, lives? or the rights of men to do whatever they can to stop them, including shaming, harassment, and rape?
The voting rights of millions? or the right of those in power to stay in power? (with the risk of maybe maybe having a handful of fraudulent votes)
The rights of people of all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientation to live, work, love, have families? or the rights of the people who don't want to see it or deal with it?
Who are we protecting?
The old guard who doesn't want the world to change
or the people who the old guard are destroying
in order to maintain their privilege and their power?
Please, tell me,
just who are we protecting?