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Zora Neale Hurston: Heroine of the Liberty Movement

October 26, 2012

 Zora Neale  Hurston was an African-American anthropologist, afrocentric novelist and freedom fighter who staunchly opposed governmental intervention when the result was any kind of violation of individual freedoms. Even as a black woman, she stayed true to her belief that national law should be colorblind and so far as to oppose government-mandated racial integration in schools because she respected the freedom of association and believed the state should never have a role in violating personal rights. Zora Neale Hurston knew laws should not be enforced based on an individual’s race, but rather decisions, such as association, must be left up to individuals to make for themselves, whether based or not based on another’s race. She believed integration would never be successful under the forcible hand of the state; rather, segregated schools would become equal when people personally decided to integrate. I believe the same is true for wheelchair accessible businesses and taxis. We cannot use government to force businesses to accept certain groups of people. To force businesses to serve certain racial groups or people with disability through government intervention is inappropriate. How would you like it for someone to use government to force you to let certain people in your home that you normally would not allow in your home? It is no different when its your personal company that you started from scratch. Anyone that has started their own business from scratch knows what I am talking about. If you dont like the fact that a certain business will not serve your population group, then start your own business or take your dollars elsewhere.

In addition to all this, we forget that it was government who instituted segregation to begin with in the form of Jim Crow legislation. And now we are going to this morally bankrupt institution to get them to force someone else to allow you to eat, sleep or shop at a particular business? Zora Neale Hurston was so true to her convictions and belief in freedom that she vehemently disagreed with the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 mandating the racial integration of government-owned schools. She even wrote a letter to the Orlando Sentinel entitled, “Court Order Can’t Make the Races Mix.” Not trusting the government to help black North America, she continually questioned, “How much satisfaction can I get from a court order for somebody to associate with me who does not wish me near them?” Just as Zora Neale Hurston espoused: The federal government cannot solve our problems, the South’s, or anyone else’s for that matter. We must be free to associate with those we choose, and the rest is up to time, education and free market principles.

From → biography, Liberty

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