Monday, September 08, 2008

Civil Rights Roundup: 09/08/08

Your daily dose of civil rights and related news

Hopefully, the Senate will fast track the passage of the ADA when it returns from recess.

Students registering to vote on college campuses is confusing registrars.

The DOJ is widening its investigation after an Asian student with perfect SAT scores was rejected from Princeton University. The student says that he was rejected based on race, the school notes that there is more to a candidacy than SAT scores.

Some cities are turning to civil injunctions to curb gang violence, prohibiting, for example, gang members from meeting as being a "nuisance". The ACLU warns that this has the potential to criminalize normal daily activities and thus violates suspected gang members' civil rights.

The former dean of U. Washington's law school warned Nebraskans about what will happen to their school's diversity if it approves a ban on affirmative action. He should know -- Washington approved a similar ban in 1998, and watched minority enrollment plunge immediately after.

The Tucson Citizen urges its readership to vote no on Arizona's anti-gay marriage amendment.

An anti-gay marriage amendment in Florida is not polling strong enough to pass at the moment.

Should the constitution be amended to add a right to vote? I don't see why not.

Immigration courts still groan under a huge backlog, and are making only small progress it getting over it.

The New Yorker has an essay on Lily Ledbetter's request for equal pay, and John McCain (and his fellow GOPers) response.

A Florida town is now arresting people for wearing too-baggy pants. Unsurprisingly, the local Black community feels targeted, and one lawyer says the law is "designed to be pretextual."

The Orlando Sentinel looks at the history of the relationship between Florida Blacks and Latinos.

A homeowner in Montana discovered a racial covenant buried in his contract, dated from 1945. Though unenforceable, the man decided to leave it in as a reminder of the communities racially exclusive past.

Miami officials have settled a case in which prison guards were accused a beating a mentally-ill man into a coma.


PG said...

The problem isn't with baggy pants; it's with baggy pants that expose one's underpants and/ or nether regions. Put on a belt and those baggy pants are fine. I believe the correct term for the problematic clothing is "low riding" pants.

I find Surowiecki's attempt to give a plausible reason to oppose the Ledbetter Act a little insincere. "government interference with the idea of what constitutes fair pay is likely to cause more problems than it's worth" implies that there is confusion within the legislation about what is fair pay, when there is no such confusion. Ledbetter's lower pay was directly related to her gender. In the documents and witness testimony disclosed in the litigation, the people responsible for deciding her pay openly said they didn't like having a woman in the position and didn't think she should be paid as much as a man. There was nothing in her work performance that would explain the pay gap; she had good reviews from superiors and got the job done.

I'm curious as to exactly what language you'd want to put into the Constitution to guarantee a right to vote. I posted a long time ago about the absence of a Constitutional requirement that we have a popular vote, and figured that it should be done as an amendment to the 12th Amendment.

David Schraub said...

Jeez, PG, what do I look like -- some kind of lawyer?