In a column titled, “No one loses when everyone is treated equally and fairly,” Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Frank A. Sedillo seems to calling for an end of the bigotry of low expectations, racial exemptions, and inconsistent treatment of people based on the color of their skin.
He rightly argues that “We are all created in the human image endowed by our creator with the same certain unalienable rights and responsibilities,” adding that all people “are entitled to the common elements of democracy.”
“Many of the impediments” to “recognizing unalienable rights related to gender, race, religion, national origin and sexual orientation” “arise from the delicate balance between freedom and equality or freedom and safety or freedom and justice or freedom and most everything else in the world.”— Judge Frank A. Sedillo
While he didn’t specify what actions he advocates in the name of “equal treatment,” if the word “equal” still means today what it did yesterday then we can start by firing offensive Black comedians and giving two-week suspensions to White ones.
In the name of racial reconciliation, some segments of society have attempted to reverse past injustices not by stamping out bigotry but by embracing it, glorifying it, and turning the gun on people who bear no responsibility for the stains of history.
If when Sedillo says “equal” he means sameness, then he is essentially advocating doing all the things to minorities that of late have been done to majorities, like charging White people 2.5 times more for food rates for food or twice as much for concert tickets. Is he calling for implementing “no minorities allowed” days on college campuses or creating as many White- and male-specific contracts as the government currently awards to minority- and women-owned businesses?
Perhaps Sedillo wants to see a “White Friday” holiday for consumers and prioritization of White people in the distribution of COVID treatments.
Here are some other ideas that would result in truly “equal treatment” of humans:
- lowering fitness standards for men in the military
- publishing based memoirs like “Surviving the Black Gaze” and “Cracker Outside”
- establishing White-only firefighter unions, engineering councils, accounting associations, and student unions
- normalizing White-only protest organizations, such as a White Lives Matter movement, including ‘No Blacks Allowed’ celebrations
- and of course ending affirmative action across the board.
We couldn’t agree more with the principle behind Sedillo’s argument, even if some of the examples above are a tad over the top (for Whites and minorities alike). We no more need Black re-makes of “The Little Mermaid” than we need a racial re-reckoning with a White “Shaft.”
When Martin Luther King had a Dream, it wasn’t that his four little children will live in a nation where they can judge others by the color of their skin, where the manacles of segregation are widely used but hopefully with opposite effects. When he called on lifting America “from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood,” White-only water fountains weren’t what he had in mind.
“As a matter of simple truth, our world has flourished because of the equal treatment and inclusion of diverse people, ideas and thoughts,” Sedillo wrote. Martin Luther King couldn’t have said it better.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”