One of the biggest legislative wins for the Civl Rights Freedom Fighters was the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Though it wasn’t perfect, the law was a tangible symbol of progress and hope for a better, more equal future—which was kinda of a big deal to the CRM activists.
Well in the summer of 2013 the Supreme Court said screw your fairness and equal opportunity to vote and took out one of the, if not the, most important parts of the Act, section 4.
What’s in section 4 of the VRA you ask? Oh its just the part that forces states with a history of voter discrimination to seek approval from federal authorities before changing any of their voting laws. No big deal.
According to Justice Roberts, “things have changed dramatically” in this nation so there was no need to continue enforcing this law. Yep, things have changed so dramatically that they’ve made a 360 degree turn right back to where they started! Almost immediately after the decision was announced several states started adjusting and enforcing voter laws that had been previously rejected under section 4 of the original act.
So when you wonder why people are concerned that the government is plotting against the marginalized to keep us disenfranchised think of this decision by the Supreme Court. Let this be a reminder that the highest court in the land doesn’t believe there should be federal protections in place to regulate those who have historically proven they can’t act right without oversight, looking at you Deep South.
Even though ‘the Vote’ hasn’t proven to work in the best interests of Black people its still considered an inalienable right in this country [unless you’re a prisoner, then all bets are off regarding your human rights] and its been proven there are folks who want to keep that right away from us as long as possible. Looks like they are well on their way to achieving that goal if things keep up like this.