Should the Biden-Harris DOJ Reject the Racist Insular Cases? Sign This Petition Now!

This summer the Biden-Harris Justice Department faces a stark choice: support or oppose calls for the Supreme Court to overrule the racist Insular Cases.

The Insular Cases are a series of century-old, racist decisions that established a colonial framework of “separate and unequal” status for people living in U.S. territories. As a result, the 3.6 million people who live in five U.S. territories today continue to be treated like second-class citizens, while at the same time being denied their right to self-determination and decolonization. This means being denied equality in federal social safety net programs like SSI, Medicaid, and SNAP, while at the same time lacking any vote in the federal laws they must follow.

Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently called the Insular Cases “both odious and wrong” and conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch stated that they “rest on a rotten foundation.” Both declared it was time to finally overrule the Insular Cases.

The Insular Cases were decided by nearly the same Court that decided Plessy v. Ferguson - the case that justified racial segregation in the United States. They are grounded in the same discredited notions of white supremacy.

Despite this, the U.S. Government still relies on the Insular Cases to enforce the colonial status quo.

Leading civil rights organizations and others are calling on the Biden-Harris Administration to live up to President Biden’s promise that “there can be no second-class citizens in the United States of America” by condemning the Insular Cases and the colonial framework they established.

Sign this petition to call on the Biden-Harris Administration to condemn the Insular Cases and dismantle the colonial framework they established. 

 

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