A photograph of an African American child using a water fountain, the tree next to the fountain has a sign attached that reads ‘Colored’ in order to enforce Jim Crow laws, the water fountain is part of the county courthouse property, Halifax, North Carolina, 1938. From the New York Public Library. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).

I wrote a commentary on The Root about the Justice Department’s decision to go after affirmative action admissions at colleges and universities, and how this is the long-con that will lead us to a return of Jim Crow.

Since his inauguration, Trump, and those in his administration, have shown that they mean to make good on their promise to bring white supremacy back to the forefront. Every policy decision is cloaked—and coded—in the dismantling of everything that has helped give marginalized people even the smallest leg up in a society that is stacked against them in the first place.

Read ” Are We Returning to Jim Crow?