Justice

The Cycles of Politics: Racial Politics

by Marvin V. Blake

JULY 2021

The Cycles of Politics: Racial Politics

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The year 1955. Rosa Louise Parks, an African-American woman, upon her completion of a day’s work, boarded one of the Montgomery, Alabama City Bus Lines’ buses. After paying her fare, Rosa took a seat in the rear of the bus…in the designated colored section of the bus.

When all of the seats in the white section of the bus were occupied, the bus driver, pursuant to Chap. 6 Sec. 11 of the Montgomery City Code—a code that gives bus drivers police powers for the racial assignment of seats—ordered Rosa to stand, and to give her seat to a white passenger.

Rosa Parks refused to give-up her SEAT. Because of this, she was arrested. This act of courage, in the “Jim-Crow” 1955 Southern United States of America, ignited the flame that resulted in the year-long successful, “Montgomery Bus Boycott”, and subsequently, the passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.

 

“Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history, are doomed to repeat them.”

 

 

Recently, on April 7, 2022, despite multiple sessions of relentless, contentious grilling by Republican members of the United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee, federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, became the first black woman to be confirmed by the United States Senate, as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

 

Since its’ founding in 1783—two hundred/thirty-three years ago—; One hundred/twenty-one justices have been appointed to…, and have served on the United States Supreme Court.

On June 30, 2022, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, became the first black woman, to be sworn in… to take her SEAT, as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.