Class Warfare Blog

May 15, 2017

We Don’ Need No Protection Cause Racism Ain’t No More

According to The Nation magazine:

“On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, ruling that states with the longest histories of voting discrimination no longer had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. A month after that decision, North Carolina – where 40 counties were previously subject to that requirement – passed the country’s most sweeping voting restrictions.

“The state required strict voter ID to cast a ballot, cut a week of early voting and eliminated same-day voter registration, out of precinct voting and pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. On July 29, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit invalidated these restrictions, which it said targeted African Americans “with almost surgical precision” in violation of the Voting Rights Act and 14th Amendment.”

If I remember rightly, the Supreme Court argued that singling out those states for “special treatment” under the Voting Rights Act (basically requiring any changes to voting laws to be screened for approval by the Justice Department) wasn’t needed any more because, well those states had reformed and were no longer what they were. Besides there’s racism everywhere.

So, here we are just under four years later addressing racist voting regulations which “targeted African Americans ‘with almost surgical precision’ in violation of the Voting Rights Act and 14th Amendment”  in one of those very states. I am sure glad their ain’ no racists no more in No’th Carolina.

Three cheers for the Supreme Court … uh, no?

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7 Comments »

  1. I was a tad confused by this announcement today.

    Comment by john zande — May 15, 2017 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

    • How so? A lower court put a stay on NC’s new voter laws and the NC officials appealed to the SCOTUS. The SCOTUS ruled against NC, at least that is how I read it.

      On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 6:54 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 15, 2017 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

      • Ah, I think I’m thinking about something else. I heard something about a case (descrimination at a uni?) that will not even be considered.

        Comment by john zande — May 16, 2017 @ 5:28 am | Reply

        • In other words, actually in the words of the immortal Emily Latella, “Never mind.”

          On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 5:28 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — May 16, 2017 @ 9:26 am | Reply

          • My bad. My brain was off on its own adventure.

            Comment by john zande — May 16, 2017 @ 10:29 am | Reply

            • Mine’s been “on hiatus” for several decades now.

              On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 10:29 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — May 16, 2017 @ 11:10 am | Reply

              • Mine is well on the way to that planet where the odd socks and Tupperwear lids go to.

                Comment by john zande — May 16, 2017 @ 11:39 am | Reply


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