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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Supreme Court betrays principles of justice and fairness in Voting Rights Act decision

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder:

The Voting Rights Act protects a fundamental right, not, as Justice Scalia infamously suggested, a “racial entitlement.”  Attempts to suppress the vote were common during the 2012 presidential election, and they continue to this day.  Now that a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court has effectively removed the keystone from the arch of protection for people of color, the nation must redouble its efforts to protect the rights of all Americans.

Chief Justice John Roberts
wrote the majority opinion
Today, by overturning a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act, five justices betrayed the principles of justice and fairness embodied in this law for half a century—and showed a callous disregard for the realities still faced by people of color.  Congress must now act without delay to restore the power of the Voting Rights Act to serve as a bulwark against persistent discrimination.

Read More:
--Prof. William Yeomans analyzes today's decision
--AFJ Audio Analysis, with excerpts from the oral arguments
--More about the Voting Rights Act

1 comment:

Unknown said...

If people of color can not obtain an extremely easily obtainable I.D. to prove citizenship perhaps they should not be voting..this is not and never was about race especially when you look at all the recent convictions of voter fraud done on the left...perhaps if you focused on the real issues at hand you'd grasp that concept