Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Supreme Court Decision Upholds Civil Rights

Supreme Court Decision Upholds Civil Rights
Independent Institute Research Fellow Jonathan Bean hailed the Supreme Court's recent decision in the New Haven, Conn., firefighters case, Ricci v. DeStefano, as a victory for justice.

Along with 17 other New Haven firefighters, Frank Ricci, a white 11-year veteran of the New Haven Fire Department, had sued the city for tossing out the results of a written examination it had required for firefighters who sought promotion to management. Ricci, who is dyslexic, had managed to pass the test after extensive study involving audiotapes of a textbook he paid an acquaintance to record. City officials had defended their decision on the grounds that the test exposed the city to lawsuits because the pass rate was significantly lower for African-American firefighters than it was for white and Hispanic firefighters. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the city's decision to ignore the test results violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"The case highlights all that is wrong with 'affirmative action as we know it': employers practice defensive racial preferences, not because they believe it serves the public good, but because they believe it will ward off lawsuits," writes Bean, editor of Race and Liberty in America, in an op-ed for the Providence Journal. "The Ricci decision offers hope to those who seek justice in the courtroom and in the workplace. Let us hope that the court, and the American people, go even further and rediscover the classical liberal notion that 'our Constitution is color blind'--the philosophy that drove the NAACP to win one case after another in the 1950s and 1960s."

"New Haven Firefighters: Supreme Court Overrules Discrimination," by Jonathan Bean (Providence Journal, 7/4/09)

Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, edited by Jonathan Bean
"If you are interested in the real history of the Civil Rights movement in America--the radical ideas that set it in motion no matter where they came from--get ready for an intellectual thrill ride. There is no time for political posturing here. Race and Liberty in America is full of revelations and stunning in its honesty."--Juan Williams, Senior Correspondent, National Public Radio; author, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 and Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary

The Curse of Reverse Discrimination Grows!

Gingrich turns yellow

The Gentile president usurper Soetoro/Obama (and his militant minority comrades) represents a curse upon our White Israelite nation. Manifest Destiny still rings true even if the forces of evil are out to silence its liberty bell.

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