Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vernellia Randall

As I celebrate my 66th birthday. I am so grateful for the love of family and friends.

I am distressed by the continuing oppression of Blacks and the inability of both blacks, whites and others to recognize the virulent anti-black racism that is distinctive american.

Almost generation of blacks have had a system of oppression that they had to attempt to dismantle
- my great-grandparents and ancestors had slavery;
- my grandparents, parents and my self had legal apartheid (aka jim crow),
-my children and grandchildren have de facto apartheid (new jim crow).

Each of these systems have based on a system of law and interpretation. America's de facto apartheid is based on having no formal laws that result racial oppression but limiting illegal discrimination to overt intentional acts -- thus not only allowing but legally authorizing covert, unconscious, unintentional discrimination.

We need to name it. Call it for what its and take on the challenge of dismantling it. It is going to be difficult to dismantle because many blacks now have an economic interest in maintaining the system.

The ingenious of this current day system is assure that some blacks get some limited political power -- but only those blacks who are committed to maintaining the oppressed system - shall I name names - yes Obama, cory booker, the congressional black caucus.

The ingenious of this current system is to assure that some blacks get some limited economic power -- but only those blacks who are committed to maintaining the oppressed system -- shall I name names -- yes Oprah, almost every entertainer, sports person, black ceo

When I was growing up in the south and used to pick cotton, we had a saying that we used for life circumstances " A tough row to hoe." We have left for the younger generation a tough row to hoe.

WAKE UP and protest, rebell. Lets not die with our children in perpetual oppression!

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Vernellia R. Randall
Professor Emerita of Law

The University of Dayton
School of Law
Dayton, OH 45469-2772
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