Medved: Built on Equal Protection, Not Discrimination


Laws matter. Yes, Americans may sometimes exceed posted speed limits, but that doesn’t mean we’re “systemically” a nation of reckless drivers.

By the same token, the fact that racism and discrimination remain a stubborn factor in American life, doesn’t mean that such hateful behavior represents the norm—or qualifies as systemic. Discrimination in employment, housing, education and criminal justice has been unequivocally illegal for more than a half century.

The people, working through our elected representatives, consistently choose to prohibit and punish racism, not to permit or promote it. The American system of justice isn’t built around oppression and bigotry. It promises “equal protection of the laws”—guaranteed by the 14th Amendment as a Constitutional right, regardless of race.