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July 9, 2018




Monday, July 9, 2018


A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Tonight, President Donald Trump nominated his second conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, vetted and selected by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. 

Because of this nominee, most are suggesting that the Court will shift even more to the right.  But I think it’s more accurate to say that this Court will shift to the wrong.

There has been a lot of focus on this Court possibly overturning Roe v. Wade, and that’s a legitimate and deeply troubling concern, but not the only one. 

This is a Court that could wrongly return to states’ rights rulings.  We should prepare ourselves for wrong interpretations of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and a narrow interpretation of the 15thAmendment’s outlawing of racial discrimination in voting.

This is a Court that will likely wrongly interpret and decide cases involving not only women’s rights and women’s health care issues, but civil rights (affirmative action, economic set-asides, LGBTQ rights), the death penalty, common sense gun regulation, voting rights and gerrymandering, labor rights, environmental regulations, health care, consumer protections, the separation of church and state, and checks and balances on corporations, financial institutions and the government generally.

The first period of Reconstruction lasted a mere 12 years, 1865-1877.  A Republican president removed federal troops from the South in the Tilden-Hayes Compromise and the KKK, White Citizens Councils and Black Codes were the result.  Laws similar to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act were passed during the First Reconstruction but overturned by a “wrong” Supreme Court in the Cruikshank and Slaughterhouse cases. 

Change doesn’t happen overnight and 31 years after these “wrong” politics, the First Reconstruction Period eventually ended with the Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896 establishing apartheid in the U.S. for the next 58 years.

We are potentially facing the end of the Second Reconstruction begun with the Brown decision in 1954 and possibly now to be eroded by this “wrong” Supreme Court.

Again, this SCOTUS will not be moving to the right.  It will be moving to the wrong and away from the moral center!  It will be moving away from the current understanding and interpretation of the 14th and 15th amendments. It will be moving away from the American people.




Frank Watkins


Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justicearound the world.


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