Walmart Case

Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that 1.5 million women could not act as a class in filing a lawsuit against Walmart for discriminatory practices in filling management positions. You can read more on the ruling here, here, and here. This is a huge set back for not only women’s rights and worker’s rights, but for the greater movement for equality and social justice. The saddest part is this sets a precedent that creates excuses and fails to hold companies and powerful individuals responsible for wrong doing. It sends the clear message only the rich and powerful get ‘justice’ and further reinforces intersections of oppression. From another perspective, perhaps we’re missing something. Often advocates and activists aren’t as savvy on the intricacies of law and the judicial process. Perhaps it’s a bit cynical to think that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the peoples’ interest and the law at the core of their decision.

Regardless, I can’t help but think about what kind of effects this type of decision will have on youth. What messages does this send to youth who are going for that first job? What does it say about equality? Can we use this as an example of the collective voice and using your individual power?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chad
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 16:43:41

    This is the same message that has always been sent by the general populace of the country – Women, children, and low income workers are the lowest rung of the US class system. But that’s ok, because it simply sets up a rally cry. It sets up and shows us where we as “creators of change” can make the most difference, and the most impact. When injustices happen, it spotlights the problems, discrepancy, and obvious ridiculousness that we all have a nagging feeling that is there, but we don’t know for sure. When it is finally made public like this, we CAN do something about it. Before Rosa Parks there was a problem, but after her there were nothing but solutions and finally freedom. Let this be the lesson, and let us show the students (no matter how old they are) the way to a better more positive and equal world.

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  2. violenceprevention
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 20:22:56

    Did you see the verdict on banning violent video games? I’m really wondering if the justices are being paid off by big business… Sometimes I’d really like to be a fly on the chamber walls.

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