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The Slow Death of Roe v Wade

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Published in BlackCommentator.com on July 7, 2022

It wasn’t as if we didn’t know it was coming. The rabid rightwing anti-choice movement has been hacking away at the amendment since its passage. The draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked back in May. Still, it was a powerful slap across the face of justice-loving people who support reproductive freedom. In a 5-4 decision, the conservative court smacked down a constitutional right which had been in place for nearly 50 years.

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“That’s our job.”

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“That’s our job.”

These were the words that former St. Louis Alder John Collins-Muhammad allegedly said to John Doe in a pay-to-play scheme that has rocked the city. Doe was being assured that he was going to get the big hook-up once he made the big payoff.

This is where some elected officials get it all wrong: extortion, embezzlement, bribery, political favoritism, sexual favors and lining one’s pockets are NOT part of the job. For too many, it’s incorporated into public or appointed office under the noses of an unsuspecting public often too consumed with their own survival to notice or feeling powerless to do anything about it. Read more.

The Breach Heard ‘Round the World

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Published by BlackCommentator.com on May 12, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is outraged by Justice Samuel Alito’s leak of the draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade. He decreed that the court would not be “bullied.” He is worried that respect for institutions is eroding. Damn straight it is!

This justice knows about bullying since he was at the center of a judicial firestorm in 1991. Anita Hill testified of his sexual bullying at Thomas’ senate confirmation hearing. For me, the confirmation of Thomas was a clear indication that the characters being confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court had little to do with ethics, justice and upholding the law. The legitimacy of that court went downhill from there. Read more.