One wonders whether President Obama is trying to manufacture his Little Rock moment.
— Juliette A. Ochieng (@JulietteAkinyi) May 13, 2016
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is general thought of favorably, but, in reality, it is a ticking time bomb as Barry Goldwater foresaw. It is the ideological basis for the reinterpretation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
Public services—buses, trains, etc.– were segregated by law, but so were privately owned businesses—that is, businesses not “owned” by any level of government. And, while these laws were directed at black Americans, they didn’t just apply to them, but to all other Americans as well. Therefore, even if a white business owner did not want to segregate his business, he was compelled to do so under pain of prosecution. The issue was freedom and government did what it usually does: curtail it for all concerned.
Fast forward to the Civil Rights Act. It outlaws discrimination in public services—that is, services which are paid for by taxpayers: public transportation, public schools, public parks, etc. That’s a good thing. However, it refers to private businesses (“accommodations”) as public services.
This is part of what Barry Goldwater objected to with respect to the CRA. For his principled stand, he lost the 1964 presidential election—badly—and has long been labelled a racist.
One wonders if the conflation in the CRA language was done on purpose—to taint the document that underscored the [14th] Amendment. Or, perhaps the purpose was to make government control of individuals and their money easier.
With President Obama having ordered all public school districts in the nation to allow any student to enter and use any public school bathroom and locker-room at any time, I don’t wonder about the speculation mentioned my last sentence any longer.
The bomb was detonated.
When meaning is hollowed out, words can mean whatever those in power want them to mean and the powerful use this mutability of meaning in our miseducated minds toward their own purposes–purposes which usually involves the accrual of more power to themselves and the insertion of more chaos in the lives of ordinary citizens. In the CRA, private businesses became “public” accommodations, which lead to the persecution of florists and bakers many years down the road. In Title IX, discrimination against women becomes discrimination against those who say that they think they are women…
This postmodern foundation for chaos has been there for fifty-two years, embedded in a seemingly just Act of Congress designated to ensure the rights of all Americans. What better place to hide a bomb?
Now let’s see what the aftermath of the explosion will be.
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.
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