It’s a tiny thing, really, but I often wince when I hear someone refer to our nation as a “democracy.” It’s like calling a “magazine” a “clip”- it just hits the ear wrong.
We are founded upon democratic principles, yes, but we are a constitutional republic. In a republic, the rule of law is supreme, not consensus.
In a democracy, laws are created and changed by gathering everyone together and voting. Think of an occasion where someone offered two choices and had people raise their hands to show their support. That’s a democracy.
Think of this the next time Barack Obama assures us that “90% agree with me on this issue.” That’s great, but it means nothing. Laws, Mr. Obama, reign supreme- not polls.
Understanding that we cannot gather thousands or millions or hundreds-of-millions of people together to debate every little decision, our founders created a republic- a representative democracy where we elected people to go vote in our stead.
That being said, however, the power of the individual is still awe-inspiring. One man, one vote- that has long been a principle of our republic.
But soon, that, too, will be considered “racist.”
In a Washington Post op-ed, Theodore R. Johnson, a career naval officer, former White House fellow and doctoral candidate in law and policy at Northeastern University, proposes that as a form of reparations, we assign blacks more “weight” in their vote and have the vote of a black person count as 5/3 of a vote- or 1.67 votes.
Johnson’s assertion is that since blacks were once counted as 3/5th of a person for the purpose of congressional representation prior to the Civil War, a reversal of this fraction is necessary to create social justice.
“Racial reconciliation is impossible without some kind of broad-based, systemic reparations,” Johnson wrote. “But if a pecuniary answer can’t fix the structural disadvantage — and it can’t — what can?”…
“A five-thirds compromise would imbue African Americans with a larger political voice that could be used to fight the structural discrimination expressed in housing, education, criminal justice and employment. Allowing black votes to count for 167 percent of everyone else’s would mean that 30 million African American votes would count as 50 million, substituting super-votes for the implausible idea of cash payments.”
Full disclosure: upon reading this, I did a cursory search to make sure this was not an elaborate prank. I checked The Onion and various other sites to make sure that this was not a spoof or a bad joke.
However seriously Mr. Johnson may take this idea, I do not know. What I do know is that this idea, this incredibly racist and horrifically-divisive idea was allotted space in The Washington Post, a formerly-prestigious newspaper.
Though, of course, The Post can print whatever they would like, I would hope for better standards than to include such remarkably racist rhetoric as this. If David Duke opined that we should bring back slavery, I would hope that the folks at The Post would have the good sense to not validate such lunacy by including such ravings in their publications.
Laughably, Johnson contends that such a provision would bring about “racial reconciliation.” Because there is nothing that brings together races more than one abusing another on an institutional level.
“Of course, weighted-vote reparations are only slightly more politically feasible than a multi-trillion-dollar payout,” Johnson writes. “But we have to consider novel approaches to racial reconciliation … if we are serious about ridding the nation of barriers to opportunity and overcoming the racial discrimination woven into America’s fabric. If racism is the culprit, then dismantling it requires the same tools that constructed it.”
This is what has become of calls for equality. Blacks toiled under the oppressive yoke of slavery and hoped for a day that they would be free. Free blacks spent decades under an oppressive system of discrimination, hoping to one day simply to be treated as an equal. Dr. King called for treatment based on the content of character and hoped that one day, his children would be treated as equals.
50+ years since that day, countless programs exist that prioritizes the plight of “non-whites” over whites and still, we are told that violence and looting is a justifiable reaction to supposed racism that lurks around every corner and in the heart of every white person.
Finally, it seems that we have reached a point where it has become acceptable to drop the act; what too many “black activists” like Johnson seek is not racial reconciliation or even equality. They seek the official implementation of a racial hierarchy predicated upon black supremacy.
How else could one possibly justify advocacy for a system where black votes count for more than white votes? There can be no more apt definition of “black supremacy” than that.