Conservative Justices Ask Deeply Skeptical Questions About Voting Rights Act


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Here's an email alert from the New York Times that will hopefully tide you over. My head is about to explode after reading it:

A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could be in peril, judging from tough questioning on Wednesday from the Supreme Court’s more conservative members.

The law, a landmark achievement of the civil rights era was challenged by Shelby County, Ala., which said that requirement had outlived its usefulness and imposed an unwarranted badge of shame on the affected jurisdictions.

Four of the nine-member court’s five more conservative members asked largely skeptical questions about the law. The fifth, Justice Clarence Thomas, did not ask a question, as is typical. Justice Antonin Scalia called the provision, which requires nine states, mostly in the South, to get federal permission before changing voting procedures, a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.

More here.

  • Andy Marquis

    They're just a bunch of angry, bitter old white men who realize the country is evolving and they refuse to evolve with it.

    See, the thing about rights.  They cannot be taken away by the government.  That's why they're called "rights".

    Damn fools.

  • Andy Marquis

    Oh that racial entitlement comment made my blood boil.  How dare those entitled minorities think they have the right to vote... I mean, it's not like it's a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT or anything..............GRRRRRRRRR these moron right wing wankerish fools!

    I'm going to leave it at that before I let a few four letter words slip out.

  • Sally

    'racial entitlement?' Has this guy been watching Fox News again? Please. The GOP has wanted to end black voting ever since it began. The only protections people have in these states is through the law. So, sure, go ahead and gut it. Allowing corporations to buy the election didn't work, so let's disenfranchise those who vote overhwelmingly for the party that thinks they have a right to be here, work, raise their families without fear, and get help from the government when they need it. Who's next on the ALEC agenda? My guess is they will try to disenfranchise women next. 

  • Andy Marquis

    This makes me angry.