By Dr. John E. Warren –
The American people need to realize that the real issue in the United States Senate is not the “filibuster” but racism.
Former President Barack Obama clearly stated this in his recent interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN. The fact that US Senator Joe Manchin met with national civil rights leaders, as if he is interested in what they have to say, is no more than a media stunt in an attempt to soften the blow of his racist attitude concerning the filibuster.
Yes. It is racist to see that you are one of the two people in the US Senate attempting to re-institutionalize “Jim Crow” segregation through supporting the filibuster. Overcoming a filibuster requires 10 Republican votes instead of a simple majority, which could allow passage of important civil rights and voting rights bills.
Every time the American people hear the term “filibuster,” the word “racist” should be inserted in its place. Those members of the Senate who support the filibuster over debate and legislative consideration of the public policy issues facing this great nation should be labeled for the racists they are.
When one considers that 22 states have already passed voter suppression laws, which eliminate hours and locations for polling places, that require voter identification cards for those with the greatest challenges in getting such cards—like Black and Latino seniors who have been voting since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—and the very fact that the John Lewis “For the People Act” would render null and void the voter suppression acts currently being introduced, or already passed, in 47 states, it becomes clear that the whole idea is to prevent people of color from voting so that we do not have a repeat of the Black voter victories in Georgia that placed a Black and a Jew in the US Senate.
Donald Trump has become the symbol of the Republican Party because he gives body and voice to the fears that old-school whites have about the “browning” of America.
The same wave of righteous indignation that swept America after the murder of George Floyd, and that placed Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris in the presidency and vice-presidency, should be continued with all the same passion. “We The People” must demand the abolishment of the “filibuster” and the racism it represents. It is not a part of our Constitution. We must remain a nation of laws and not outdated racist tradition.
To Joe Manchin and his Demo-cratic colleague, Kyrsten Sinema, I say, “Your actions support the racist behavior of the Republican Senate and the Republican Party that is leading this national attack on federal legislation that would support all of America, and people of color in particular.”
Let’s not waste more precious time on the Republicans. Let’s get rid of the filibuster now by any means necessary. The future depends on it.
Dr. John E. Warren is the publisher of The Voice & Viewpoint.