No. Equal rights under the law have already been achieved. Equal outcome has not and never will be. Conflicts over whose right over rules whose right will be on going until we get back to some Common Sense interpretation of our Constitution.
Let’s take a simple example that talks about property rights.
If you own a store of any kind and someone comes in your store who for what ever reason you decide you do not want to sell anything to that person, the Constitution, as written, gave you that right.
If the person you don’t want to sell to complains, to damn bad. That person or person’s do not have the “right” to shop in your private property, but recent findings have screwed up a simple solution and have turned it into a SCOTUS offense requiring the SCOTUS to violate our Constitution. (as written)
The problem begins when that customer believe he has a right to shop in your store and the government backs him up. There is no place in the original Constitution that allows the government to do such a thing, but the misinterpretation of our Constitution has allowed these foolish and deadly situations to rise.
As Shelby Steele said, “The oppression of black Americans is over,” ‘We are a free people and we can pursue our lives as we would like to,’
“For over 3 ½ centuries they lived under oppression”
“They made a life within those restrictions”
“One thing we never had to deal with was freedom and now we are free”
“We now are free and freedom is a burden”
“We have not absorbed the fact that our problem is no longer racism, our problem is freedom. We have to learn to deal with freedom.”
I find those statements to be incredible and so correct it’s almost impossible to believe. I saw first hand what it was like.
I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi Mississippi in 1955 and you have no idea what I saw there and in New Orleans at that time.
The day I left for Keesler I boarded a Delta Airlines DC-6B four engine propeller civilian airliner. Jets hadn’t come along yet. I was dressed in full Class A khaki’s, a proud airman with one stripe. The only problem was it was my first time in the air and about an hour into the flight to New Orleans I got deathly air sick. I was in the Air Force and I got air sick.
After graduating Basic Training I left Los Angeles on my way to Keesler AFB. My flight landed in New Orleans I took a cab to the Greyhound bus depot. The section for the black people was where I got my first glimpse of what it was like for black people in the South. It didn’t look good.
As I walked through the bus station I didn’t notice anything that would make it any different than any other bus station. It had leather seating, a small sandwich stand, a magazine and a souvenir shop. It was spotless and looked modern for 1955.
While I waited for my bus, I walked out to the street and turned left towards a corner of the building. As I walked I noticed another part of the bus station. I say part because it was in the same building but it was separate. There was one door that opened to a room the depth of the bus station but it was only about eight feet wide. It had one bench and one light bulb and it looked dark and dingy with one small window for its customers. It was the black customer’s waiting room.
I walked back to the “white “ waiting room and this time I noticed the leather lounge seating, the candy and newspaper shops, the hustle and bustle of all the “white” customers and felt a hole in my stomach. As the hole got bigger I walked back to the “black” waiting slum to take another look.
I felt a shame come about me much in the same way when pride hits you. When it’s pride it’s a feeling deep down inside that lifts you in a very emotional way. When it’s shame it does just the opposite. I knew I had to accept it, except that was just the first day down south.
Next I took the bus to Biloxi MS and a short cab ride to the base. Keesler Field seemed to have been in a strange location in relation to Biloxi. The main gate was at the end of a residential street. Looking out the window of the cab you’re looking at homes and then it ends and there’s the main gate.
When you get to a training base like Keesler, they first place you get assigned to is a transient squadron awaiting school assignment. I was in transient status for about three weeks. I rejoined my black buddy from Flight 65 in Basic Training and got to know some other guys.
My first night at Keesler was a memorable one. I was quartered in a transient barracks waiting for orders for my tech-school date. The barracks was not air conditioned and it was hotter than hell with mosquito’s the size of, well they were big. The next morning I counted about fifty mosquito bites from my waist up. It was hell.
One window in the barracks had a fan about three feet in diameter that would suck air into the barracks at night at about forty miles an hour. I put two and two together and drug my bunk bed so it was positioned right in front of the fan. The wind blowing over me, as I slept, stopped any more mosquito bites.
One of the first things they did after arriving was call us to an auditorium to welcome all the new arrivals to Keesler and share info with us about the base, its history, rules, where the Airman’s Club was, the bank, base theater and all the other stuff.
I especially remember when the major, who was giving us the welcome, told us he had to tell us about the local customs of Biloxi and Mississippi. I was sitting next to my black friend during the session and it got pretty uncomfortable. You have to realize this was 1955, way before Martin Luther King and things were a lot different then. The major told us about Biloxi the town, the drinking laws and other stuff and then came the bomb.
“While we all consider ourselves Airman in the Air Force and especially equal Airmen and men, we must adapt ourselves to the local customs and regulations. Any of the white airmen may not walk with a Negro airman while off base. If you do, you will be arrested. If you are a black airman you will not look at any white woman or attempt to talk to any white woman while off base. While walking down the street you will keep your eye’s looking forward paying attention to this rule. There are separate white and Negro water fountains, bathrooms and other facilities and you will observe and respect all local customs. Thank you very much and welcome to Keesler Field.”
As odd as it may sound to the new agers, today, back in 1955 an American of Mexican descent was considered White, not a person of color. As I heard the Major, I felt that hole in my stomach again and I saw the tears of my black friend sitting next to me. As far as I was concerned there were times when I fought with black kids and times when they were my friend, but being treated the way they were in Biloxi was just wrong.
As much as we hated the regulation’s, we all followed them.
Shelby Steele is correct about that Black’s have won the battle. After hearing what he said I tried to put it in a way I could understand or share.
It’s like the Black slaves were standing at a train station and the train representing freedom named America would pass by and never stop for the them.
When they won their freedom the train started stopping for them, but they all didn’t get on and to this day each time the train stops only a few get on.
The train represents America and getting on represents assimilating to American and Western culture. Many Blacks in America have not assimilated to America because they still view America as Whitey, the enemy. Only they can get over that and now that’s on them. The ones who have, and there are many more than you might thjink, are enjoying the fruits of America.
I included this story and what Shelby Steele said because “equal rights” is a perception the Left wants to keep partly as a racist issue and it’s just no longer true. Gays have absorbed the “rights” narrative and while they have all the rights we do, we can’t demand being served anywhere we want. Property rights must be protected above all.
If a “right” needs to be enforced by the government. it’s probably not a good idea and probably imposes on a true right. Property rights is central to our way of life. Gays do not have the “right” to shop wherever they choose.
To answer your question more directly, while equal rights under the law has been accomplished, people are people and there will never be a world without prejudice of some kind. Humankind has made a long journey and learned how to get along over thousands of years.
The terms “equal rights” and “human rights” are mostly political footballs. We will always have some improvement required and I’m tired of the greatest country in the world being a punching bag for those who just hate this country.