Arizona has done it again... Long known for controversial laws, Gestapo-Like Tactics in Enforcing the Law, and an overall refusal to keep pace with the rest of the world, Arizona has now found a way to police the availability of Abortion Clinics. House Bill 2284, allows will allow officials from Arizona's Department of Health Services to conduct "surprise inspections" at any abortion clinic in the state-without first obtaining a search warrant or Probable Cause. Previously a State Court would have had to issue an approval order to allow such action. Supporters of the new law spin this as a "Public Safety" Issue; but regardless as to which side of the Abortion Debate you fall on, this clearly opens the door for abuse from anti-abortion leaning public officials. This also crosses the line in regard to women's Rights to Privacy when visiting said clinics. Currently there are 10 other states with similar laws on the books.
On this day in History, April 13th 1873, a large-scale race riot took place that would change the course of American History, Government, Politics, and Race Relations. THE COLFAX MASSACRE took place in colfax, Louisiana on Easter Sunday of 1973, when the KKK, WHITE LEAGUE, and groups of both Former UNION & CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS attacked The Grant Parish Courthouse-which was controlled & protected by the local Black Citizens of Colfax. At issue was tension over The Reconstruction-Era gains of former slaves, a disputed Gubernatorial Election, the rights to vote, Stand as EQUALS with those that once held them in Bondage, and live Freely under the 14th & 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and resentment against the Federal government. As a result, White Southern Democrats formed their own "Shadow Government" & Army geared toward maintaining control over their Land and Government. Violence against both Blacks & White Republicans quickly had become the norm; and it all culminated to a fever pitch on Easter Sunday 1873. The nearly All-Black Militia was armed; but were outnumbered and caught off guard by their more heavily armed attackers. More than 100 Black People were murdered that day-approximately half of them were killed AFTER THEY HAD SURRENDERED!!! Only three of the offenders were arrested, once Federal Troops had come in to TEMPORARILY Restore Order. Each of their convictions were overturned by The Supreme Court (United States v. Cruikshank 1876). within a very short amount of time, all political power and control of the city's bases of power would return to the hands of racist Southern Democrats (I know, sounds weird today right?); and the overall vision of the courts & Legislatures would be to severely limit the federal government's role in protecting the newly-emancipated Black Citizens from racial Violence & Intimidation. While there were many other incidents of this nature, most historians agree that The Colfax Massacre was ranks as the single most violent episode of Racial Violence in U.S.History. Certainly no other incident carries the same negative ramifications in regard to the position of Law & the protection of one's Supposedly "INALIENABLE RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION."
many of these same battles are being fought Today (under the disguise of Voter Rights Laws, Stand Your Ground, Redistricting, and the School to Prison Pipeline). Like then, we cannot depend on the government to help. And sadly, WE AREN'T EVEN PAYING ATTENTION. WE MUST WAKE UP NOW, OR WE MAY NEVER HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO MOVE FORWARD INTO A BRIGHTER EXISTENCE. For some, our purpose is to be in Servitude. For many, we are a THREAT. And they will stop at nothing to protect what they have deemed to be theirs only.