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Fighting Racism in Jackson: Say No To Racist Separate Courts

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

By Sholdon Daniels

People protest in solidarity against institutional racism
Mississippi is in for a fight.

It's been brought to my attention that a new bill is being proposed in Mississippi, aiming to create a separate court system and police force within the city of Jackson. Let's get straight to the point here: this is a blatant and overt display of systemic and institutional racism.

The bill intends to appoint a new cadre of court and police officials completely by white state officials, in the Blackest city in America. This is not just an attack on the city of Jackson, but on the Black community at large. If this bill passes, it sets a dangerous precedent that could spread throughout the country, further perpetuating systemic racism and oppression.

We, as a community, must take action to fight against the passage of this bill into law. This is not just a problem for the people of Jackson, but for all those who support the Black community and stand against systemic racism.

To put it into perspective, this bill is reminiscent of the Jim Crow laws of the past, which separated Black people from white people and stripped them of their rights and freedoms. This proposed bill would do the same, but in a more insidious and subtle manner.

So what can we do to stop this? First, it's important to understand that this proposed bill is not only morally wrong, it's also likely unconstitutional. There have been several seminal Supreme Court cases that have held that separate is inherently unequal, and that government action that creates a separate system for Black people is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

One such case is Brown v. Board of Education, which held that segregation in public schools was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause and struck down the "separate but equal" doctrine. This case is particularly relevant to the proposed bill in Jackson, as it demonstrates that the government cannot create separate systems for Black and white people, even if those systems are supposedly equal.

So what can we do to fight against this bill? First and foremost, it's important to raise awareness about the proposed bill and what it would mean for the Black community in Jackson and beyond. Share this information with your friends and family, post about it on social media, and write to your elected officials to let them know that you oppose this bill.

In addition, it's important to support local organizations and activists who are working to stop the passage of this bill. This may include joining protests, making donations, or volunteering your time and resources. We need lawsuits and protests!

Finally, we must not be afraid to take legal action against the bill if it passes. This may include filing a lawsuit arguing that the bill is unconstitutional and seeking an injunction to prevent its implementation.

This proposed bill is a disgusting and shameless attack on the Black community and on the idea of freedom itself, so it must be met with outrage and action. We must work together to raise awareness, support local organizations, and take legal action if necessary to stop the passage of this bill into law. The Black community deserves equal protection and equal treatment under the law, and we must fight to ensure that they receive it. I stand ready and available to lend my services to this cause.

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