Knocking Down Pre-Clearence in the Voting Rights Act: Underneath It All, It’s Just Cynical Racism

If you haven’t heard by now, the Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 vote essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act’s ability to ‘preclear’ voting changes in certain areas that have a history of racial discrimination. In practice what this means is that the Republican Party, where it controls state governments, will be free to pass legislation to make it harder for minorities, younger voters, the poor and the elderly to vote.

Over the next few days, you’ll hear a lot of conservative twaddle that sounds very principled and legalistic. But don’t forget that it’s all just glitter to cover up this odious steaming pile of shit:

When asked at a meeting of Texas Republicans “what can Republicans do to get black people to vote,” a Texas Tea Party leader, Ken Emanuelson, gave the following answer:

“I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

Either conservatives don’t think black people should vote because they’re black, or they are brutal cynics who simply want to suppress black voters because they don’t like their votes. The former is flat-out bigotry, the latter is structural racism.

Both are despicable. The conservatives on the Supreme Court, just as they did during Gore v. Bush, have once again chosen faction over country and party over principle. It is clear that they have little respect for the opinions and rights of millions of voters (and one justice is so arrogant, he doesn’t even respect his colleagues in public). So the next time you hear a conservative waxing philosophical, remember that underneath the flowery language is a brutal cynicism mixed with disdain and prejudice.

Same as it ever was.

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5 Responses to Knocking Down Pre-Clearence in the Voting Rights Act: Underneath It All, It’s Just Cynical Racism

  1. Mike, it’s of a piece with other recent Roberts Court rulings on similar issues. In essence, Roberts is telling Congressional conservatives: “Write ‘Bill X,’ and we’ll approve!”

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  3. jonolan says:

    Actually, the SCOTUS’ decision was that Congress hadn’t revised it criteria for continuing to deny those states with their basic rights in decades and, hence, had no current basis to maintain control over their election proceedings.

    All those states HAD a history of racism when it came to voting laws but they have no current or recent history of such. How long must be the punished? How many generations?

    • albanaeon says:

      You’re confusing the rationale for the effect. The effect will be that any local , county, or state now can do what they want with voting laws and the feds cannot do anything.

      And HAD discrimination? One, citation needed. Two prove that they didn’t have discrimination DUE to the VRA. Best of luck.

      Finally, if the VRA unfairly applied to only the Southern states, the logical answer would be to apply it across the country. This decision rationale lies with the idea that there isn’t racism anymore, which is ridiculous to anyone that is paying attention. Or convenient to people who want to preserve the power of the few over many.

    • jonolan says:

      Firstly, as I’m not the one advocating for a restraint upon anyone, it’s not my burden to provide citations or proof. It’s also the the exact stance of the SCOTUS.

      But you’re right. It means those 9 states can do just what every other state can do…as it should be until Congress can actually prove that they would, in these times, still behave in more outrageous manner than the other 41 states.

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