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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:12 PM

Citizens United To Supreme Court: Landmark School Desegregation Case Was Wrong

Citizens United, the conservative group that successfully sued to enable wealthy corporations to buy elections, also has it in for same-sex couples. Yet an amicus brief they recently filed in the Supreme Court backing the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act would not simply deny marriage equality to gay people, it calls upon the Supreme Court to toss out a landmark decision ending public school segregation in the District of Columbia and declare that the federal government is free to discriminate against minorities and women.



To translate this a bit, the Fourteenth Amendment provides that “o State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” and thus this guarantee against discrimination explicitly applies only to state laws and not to the federal government. On the same day that the Supreme Court handed down Brown v. Board of Education, however, the Court also held in Bolling that a shield against public school segregation is one of the liberties protected by the Fifth Amendment, which does apply to the federal government. Thus, the District of Columbia, which is a federal entity, could not have segregated public schools.
Citizens United is now claiming that Bolling was wrong, and that the Constitution does absolutely nothing to prevent the United States from engaging in discrimination of any kind. If the justices buy their argument — as they were all too willing to do in the case that bears Citizens United’s name — it would mean that Congress is free to set up its own Jim Crow laws.




http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/01/1526591/citizens-united-to-supreme-court-landmark-school-desegregation-case-was-wrong/




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octoberlib Feb 2013 OP
rocktivity Feb 2013 #1
madrchsod Feb 2013 #2
Exultant Democracy Feb 2013 #3
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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:15 PM

1. It's time for citizens to unite against Corporate Citizens United


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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:19 PM

2. well they can say anything they want but

if they think they can overturn this or strip dc of this they really do need a weatherman to tell them which way the window blows

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:37 PM

3. Short term thinking for a bunch of white guys. You would think with the demographic changes

they would want to embrace protections for minorities.

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:46 PM

4. I would think that by their logic that federal courts could not rule on state laws.

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