Don’t despair

S Aufrecht

The rights of working people, of women, of black people have not depended on decisions of the courts. Like the other branches of the political system, the courts have recognized these rights only after citizens have engaged in direct action powerful enough to win these rights for themselves.

Let us not be disconsolate over the increasing control of the court system by the right wing.

The courts have never been on the side of justice, only moving a few degrees one way or the other, unless pushed by the people. Those words engraved in the marble of the Supreme Court, “Equal Justice Before the Law,” have always been a sham.

—Howard Zinn1


  1. Zinn, Howard. (2005-21-Oct). Don’t Despair about the Supreme Court. The Progressive. Retrieved from https://progressive.org/op-eds/howard-zinn-despair-supreme-court/