Written by Kofi Changamire – ADOS Baltimore

On the eve of complete dispossession of the Black Americans from wealth, property and promise one of the things that can be used to thwart this trend that is set to be completed by 2053 is an executive order. “An executive order is a signed, written, and published directive from the President of the United States that manages operations of the federal government”. It has been used by the president for several purposes including the suspension and enforcement of laws and policies already on the books, the creation, and expansion of policy and the codification of the nation’s laws. Some of the previous executive orders include:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt- The New Deal * Japanese Internment
  • Abraham Lincoln – Suspension of Habeas Corpus* Emancipation Proclamation
  • Harry Truman- The desegregation of the military
  • Dwight Eisenhower – Used Federal Troops to integrate Public Schools
  • Obama – DACA

The promise of emancipation was truly never delivered but instead was compounded by numerous phases of oppression, terrorism, dispossession, and disenfranchisement that lasted over a century. This has never been so evident as even this week there were mass graves discovered in Tulsa from the victims of the 1921 race massacre. One of the ways that this nation, our nation can right its wrongs is through the courageous actions of leaders willing to bravely enact transformational policy that may not be popular to those in power but is necessary. The most desirable of these actions is an executive order. If FDR can use the federal troops for Public School integration then the next president can use federal agencies to implement economic inclusion.

If Obama can sign an executive order giving the children of illegals full citizenship then the next president can sign an order to give the descendants of slave’s full citizenship which means enforcing the civil rights act of 1866 and the 14th amendment. If FDR could sign an EO that imprisoned Japanese in Internment camps based on their race and nationality, then the next president can sign an order to release those black prisoners who have been victims of mass incarceration, the war on drugs and racist policy and police officers. The racial wealth gap persists because of the failure of our government to protect and implement the emancipation proclamation and the subsequent Civil Rights Laws with fidelity. An executive order can be the 1 st of many political maneuvers used to enact government policy that will fulfill the nation’s oldest promise and pay the nation’s oldest debt to the nation’s most loyal citizens.

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/publications/teaching-legal-docs/what-is- an-executive-order-/



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