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White Supremacy Unwilling to Die: Voting Rights Act Imperiled

March 02, 2013 at 6:30 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Corrupt Judiciary, Intersectionality, White Privilege

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The Neo-Confederate Supreme Court Gearing Up to Restore White Rule Over America, Alternet:

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 If white rule in the United States is to be restored and sustained, then an important first step will be the decision of the five Neo-Confederate justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act, a move that many court analysts now consider likely.

The Court’s striking down Section Five of the Voting Rights Act will mean that jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination in voting – mostly in the Old Confederacy – will be free to impose new obstacles to voting by African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities without first having to submit the changes to a federal court…..

The Supreme Court’s apparent intention to gut the Voting Rights Act also could be viewed in the continuum of its five-to-four ruling in the Citizens United case of 2010 in which the right-wing justices freed up rich Americans to spend unlimited amounts to influence political campaigns. In other words, the Court’s majority seems intent on tilting the political playing field in favor of white plutocrats.

But the Court’s Neo-Confederate rationale was underscored mostly openly by Justice Scalia and his sneering remark about minority voting rights being a “racial entitlement” and by Justice Kennedy’s insistence that Alabama has the “independent sovereign” right to set its own voting rules without federal oversight.

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nancy a heitzeg
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Backwards is not the direction...

Seeta
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 @nancy a heitzeg Powerful post Nancy.  All a concerted institutionalized backlash against the election of the first black president.  But if last year's election was any indication, the collective will not sit back quietly and allow their votes to be stripped of them.