Crossing the Bridge: African-Americans and the Necessity of a 21st Century Human Rights Movement

5 Hum. Rts. & Globalization L. Rev. 56 (2013-2014)

33 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2020

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Marissa Jackson Sow

Open Society Foundations (OSF); United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; St. John's University - School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

Despite President Obama's decisive 2008 election and 2012 re-election, racism is still very much a reality against which African-Americans continue to struggle. African-Americans also still wallow in socioeconomic inequality. A careful look at the insidious nature of the shift in social and legal discourse towards colorblindness, combined with increasingly aggressive conservative post-Obama, anti-Black, anti-woman, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-progressive expressions makes it necessary to question all of the discussion surrounding the issue of progressive and eventual racial justice and to challenge some very basic assumptions regarding African-American progress.

If the so-called post-racial, colorblind society is what awaits African-Americans on the other side of the bridge, then this bridge is an ill-fated bridge to nowhere. If African-Americans are to ever experience true equality, in fact and under the law, the United States must cast aside the shield of individual rights and confront the hypocrisy inherent to its white supremacist majoritarian democracy.

Suggested Citation

Jackson Sow, Marissa, Crossing the Bridge: African-Americans and the Necessity of a 21st Century Human Rights Movement (June 1, 2014). 5 Hum. Rts. & Globalization L. Rev. 56 (2013-2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3701168

Marissa Jackson Sow (Contact Author)

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