EDITORIAL/Voting Rights Act
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:00 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday found parts of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional because states like Mississippi with a history of discrimination are treated differently by the federal government.
Five decades ago, obdurate segregationist regimes in state government were seeking to oppress an entire race of human beings.
Today, Jim Crow is dead. There are more black elected officials in Mississippi than any other state.
In predominantly white Philadelphia, James A. Young, an African-American, was just re-elected mayor.
With this ruling, a healthier stage of race relations awaits, hopefully, where we govern ourselves without federal oversight. Government by the people and for the people - all the people.
The majority opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., says,
"Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2. We issue no holding on [Section] 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions."
Indeed, the decades-old formula is wrong, it's unconstitutional. If there's a test for Mississippi in 2013, there ought be one for Massachusetts.
Racism is a sin that must be checked, to be sure. When good people do nothing, evil flourishes, as it did when hate exploded like a powder keg throughout the South 50 years ago.
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered in Neshoba County in 1964 by the Ku Klux Klan simply for registering blacks to vote.
Only evil seeks to oppress any human being's God-given inalienable right to Liberty.
Building genuine trust among the races is the answer, not more decades of federal mandates and oversight.
We, the people - all the people.