Today the Supreme Court issued a major victory for the white LGBT community, using Civil Rights laws that were initially fought for by Black Americans. These laws were initially put in place to protect the rights of Black people who were victimized by white supremacists, including white supremacists in the LGBT community, like FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, and others.
The high court ruled that the federal civil-rights law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, a decision that for the first time extends federal workplace protections to LGBT employees nationwide.
The Civil Rights laws are still not fully enforced to protect the rights of Black people. And the same day the Supreme Court extended these Civil Rights laws to benefit white LGBT people, the court also protected laws that allow race soldiers to murder Black people with impunity.
The Supreme Court on Monday again turned away a number of cases revisiting the controversial legal doctrine, qualified immunity, that shields race soldiers in law enforcement and government officials from being sued for racially murdering Black people. The justification is many of these actions are taken in an “official capacity.”
The decision by the high court comes against the backdrop of anti-Black racism protests across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd and many other victims of white supremacy.
Law enforcement officers acting as race soldiers who racially execute Black people are rarely prosecuted, so lawsuits brought by victims of this type of non-justice are often the only way to hold the system of white supremacy accountable. And there’s no other way for victims to get compensation for a violation of their rights. But a string of decisions by the Supreme Court has made it very difficult for victims to win in court.