Tuscaloosa News does not seem to like my letters. None of the letters I have written in the past 3 years have been published. The newspaper seems more interested in publishing such pieces as “President is inviting the wrath of God” which reduces this column to an entertainment section equivalent to the National Enquirer than serious debate. After a week of waiting for a response or for publication, I am posting my letter in response to their editorial.
Postscript: Since writing this letter, there have been several conversations as to what the motivations or reasons are behind this amendment. The author of the amendment claims it is purely to remove the stain of racism from the constitution. Perhaps. One can never fully know what those intentions might be.
What is clear is this. While removing racist language seems a laudable act; this amendment REENACTS a provision that had previously been held unconstitutional that for racist reasons eliminated a right to public education. When actions to remove language is being undertaken within a document created specifically to create a white supremacist state then the whole constitution needs to be looked at to see where else racism is imbedded. There are systemic aspects of racism interwoven in the document that must be examined and rooted out. For example; racism is also in the constitutional policies guiding the actions of the governing body. Removing racism demands not just a cosmetic touch but a full reworking from scratch in order to remove all forms of racial oppression.