Monday, April 2, 2018

Check it Out: Times Editorial on MLK, Race and Voting Rights at the Supreme Court

Check out this NYT editorial on MLK, race and voting rights at the Supreme Court. Here's what it says on Chief Justice Roberts's majority opinion in Shelby County striking the coverage formula for Section 5 preclearance, because "things have changed dramatically":

In one sense, he was right: Racial discrimination in voting is no longer as blatant or systemic as it was in 1965. But the idea that the American fixation on race and power had magically evaporated in just a few decades was, at best, striking naive. It was also disproved within hours of the court's ruling, when Republican lawmakers in Texas and North Carolina, both states that had been covered by the Voting Rights Act, rammed through discriminatory new voting laws that they had been gunning to pass for years, including some that had been blocked under the act.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2018/04/check-it-out-times-editorial-on-race-and-voting-rights-at-the-supreme-court.html

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To complete the picture dealing with gerrymandering, lets not forget the Districts in Maryland where a Democrat led assembly had reshaped districts. See: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bs-md-redistricting-20171208-story.html.

Posted by: Tom N | Apr 3, 2018 2:54:33 AM

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