Protecting our rights

ELINOR TATUM Publisher and Editor in Chief | 2/24/2012, 3:04 p.m.
We can't take any rights for granted; if we do, we will lose them all....
When guidance counselors need to care

If the Supremes overturn Grutter v. Bollinger, we may well see a resegregating of a number of institutions across this country. This is so scary because if we have a system of education that is "whites only," we will soon have a generation of whites who will not understand diversity and will not be able to think in a multicultural world. They will have a monolithic worldview with no room for discourse or discussion of difference.

These were not supposed to be the battles of 2012. At the breakfast, I spoke about how my father and his generation had hoped that they had done the fighting for us during the Civil Rights Movement. They did, and they won, but then the attacks started again. One by one, right by right.

Systematically, we are being denied our rights through legislation. Whether it be voting, access to education equity or a woman's right to choose, reactionary forces are trying to turn back to a time where we were less than equal and others believed that our rights were not the same as theirs and our children were not as important as theirs.

Our fight is everyone's fight. We seek equality and equal access to the democratic process because it not only makes our lives better, it makes for a fairer, more just and moral and civil society. We must go back to our battle stations and take up the gauntlet once again becausethis fight is everyone's--if we sit back, we could all lose everything