A lot of us are in complete shock at the wake of certain racist attitudes and behavior that has been unearthed since President Obama became president. But none are quite as shocking as government racists that don’t mind “coming out” so to speak.
It was a sad day in legislation on Tuesday, when the Supreme court decided to knock the wind out of the Voting Rights Act almost 50 years to the date after it was enacted by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, by returning the governance of the voting process back to each state. The key provision that kept the checks and balances of fair play in tact when it came to the voting process and rights of minorities in this country were chopped off in one fell swoop with their vote.
There are no amount of soliloquy’s and/or eloquent speeches we can use here to describe the many lives that have been lost for naught in the decision that could cause this country to repeat a history so completely replete with hatred and dishonor to explain away the racist regard of John Roberts. But even more ironically, one of his colleagues, Clarence Thomas, which is believed to be an African American agrees with him. Roberts has expressed his disdain with the provision called option 5 and the Voting Rights Act for at least 30 years, but we can say, that’s understandable. But of course, Affirmative Action is unnecessary to Clarence Thomas as well.
People like Roberts do not believe that this law is necessary anymore. They think that since African Americans and other minorities have flooded the polls the provision stating that the federal government must be notified of any elements of the voting process and/or changes to the process of voting in each state be approved by the federal government is outdated.
Let us just listen below to what President Johnson gave as the argument for the Voting Rights Act that Roberts and Thomas and the rest of the Supreme Court have forgotten. It is tragic that his words are so necessary and still relevant nearly 50 years later.