The Supreme Court released its decision on Shelby County V. Holder. This case dealt with only one section of the Voting Rights Act; section 4. This section used data from the 1960’s in order to decide which states/counties/districts have shown acts of discrimination in allowing minorities to vote, ever.
There is no denying that in sections in the country the ability for minorities to vote was made almost impossible. In many cases, those areas are in the south. But the question in front of the court was does the federal government still have the right to micro manage every aspect of how voting procedures are done in all these areas of the country close to 50 years later. They answered no. Chief Justice Roberts said that times have changed and the law must change with those times.
I am not going to sit here and deny that racism exists, it most certainly does. We have heard recent stories about churches in the deep south refusing to marry inter-racial couples. But the other side to that coin is that in many of the areas that this section covered have minority voters registered at equitable numbers of their populations.
Now we have all the racebaiters out in force today saying that minorities will be again denied the right to register and vote. Where is the proof of that? Many areas of the south have black representatives at all levels of government. Is that automatically going to stop simply because one small provision of the act needs to be adjusted? It is simply ridiculous. But Jesse Jackson usually is.
Herein lies the problem. We are not in 1964 anymore. Times have changed and the congress was warned years ago that this provisions needed to be updated, not just rubber stamped to continue for an additional 25 years. This section actually forced the areas it covered to get permission from The Department of Justice if they needed to do something as simple as change a voting location 25 feet away. How exactly is that going to effect minorities from voting? If a white person can get 25 feet so can anyone else.
In one recent instance, one small town wanted to take the party affiliation off the ballot on local elections. The Department of Justice said that was going to disenfranchise black voters. All it was going to do was make people actually research who was running instead of seeing a letter after their name and voting based on that. Since it was a very small town, most people most likely knew them anyway. But it didn’t stop the federal government from sticking their nose into business that had nothing to do with them.
Congress should have acted on this years ago. Why won’t they? They are afraid of being labeled racist simply because they admit that many areas of the country no longer discriminate when it comes voting. The democrats don’t get to hold onto they are the champions of minorities and the republicans don’t want to get called names. So what do they do? They simply act like nothing has changed in 5 decades. We all know that it has.
Many on the left are talking about the voting rights act has been gutted. No such thing is true. What we really have seen here is that voting rights act has been successful and it is a law that has done what it was supposed to do (the law was always supposed to be a temporary one until things leveled out) and we should be celebrating that. There may very well still be areas of the country where problems exist. Lets figure out where those areas are and write laws that make sense. If this is still such a problem, it should be no problem being able to prove it.
But of course that will make the likes of Jesse Jackson less relevant. We wouldn’t want that would we?