By Alex Mikulich, Ph.D.
On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the enforcement provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, Attorney General et al. In the words of Congressman John L. Lewis, who risked life and limb in the struggle for Civil Rights, the Court struck a “dagger in the heart” of the Voting Rights Act. When he signed the Voting Rights Act into law, President Lyndon Johnson described it as “a monumental law in the history of American freedom.” Given how African Americans and many others suffered intimidation, ridicule, violence, and even death in the historic struggle for Civil Rights and equality, President Johnson’s description of the Voting Rights Act endures. more>>
By Dr. Alex Mikulich
Over 100 years ago, in his introduction to The Souls of Black Folk, W.E. B. Du Bois wrote: “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” Despite claims that we live in a “post-racial” society after the historic election of Barack Obama, the fact remains that the color line and racial hierarchy endures in the 21st century. At issue for the Jesuit Social Research Institute, from the perspective of Roman Catholic social teaching and thought, is the persistence of disproportionate advantage for white Americans in relationship to pervasive and persistent disproportionate disadvantage for people of color in every sphere of life including health, wealth, income, education, housing, and the criminal justice system. More than one issue among others, the contradiction between Gospel values and practices of racial inequality is scandalous. The contradiction between Roman Catholic and American claims for universal human dignity and equality, and the reality of social, political, and economic advantage that white Americans consciously and unconsciously accept and assume, betrays this scandal. This article continues here.
Race and the 2012 Presidential Election--Mikulich
The Payday Shark in Your Bank Account -- Mikulich
Banner Photograph: Dr. Alex Mikulich and co-authors present their new book on hyper-incarceration of people of color [April 2013].