And talk Scalia did during oral arguments over the survival of a controversial provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The case of
The provision initially was put into effect based on the persistent patterns of sometimes-violent suppression and intimidation of minority voting in those jurisdictions.
That's not a new complaint, yet the law has been reauthorized by
He said in effect that the lawmakers voted for the law because they feared being called racists if they didn't.
And he said that as if it were a bad thing.
More pointedly, he brought an audible gasp from the audience when he said the landmark civil rights law now amounts to a "perpetuation of racial entitlement."
Never mind the congressional support, said Scalia.
Yes, we have come a long way in this country on race, among other touchy issues, as evidenced by the election of the country's first African-American president.
That's the main enforcement provision. Section 2 applies to all states and does not require reauthorization by
But oddly unmentioned in court is another provision known as "bail-out." It allows
No question that we've come a long way since the days when police dogs and fire hoses kept black citizens away from voting booths in
We also have new complaints about language discrimination, among other signs that racial issue conflicts are no longer limited to black and white.
In fact, at a time when non-Hispanic whites are a shrinking majority, it's a good time for everybody to reconsider the importance of preserving minority voting rights, whoever the minority might happen to be.
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