Jacology: Supreme Court and Voting Rights Act

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(KPLR) – Tuesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at the U.S. Supreme court ruling on the Federal Voting Rights Act:

The United States Supreme Court this morning practiced medicine without a license and cut the heart out of the voting rights act of 1965. The Supreme Court says the days of whites trying to suppress African-American voting are over and that the federal government no longer has the right to approve any voting changes in nine mostly southern states.

The Voting Rights Act came about because that nine state area had a low overall voter turnout. And that low turnout was their result of threats and intimidation and poll taxes and literacy tests and every other device white supremacists could think of to keep African-Americans from voting.

The court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, reasoned that those days are behind us, so the Voting Rights Act has outlived its usefulness. Which is sort of like saying racism is gone because you can't say the n-word in public anymore. Unless you're Paula Deen. You see, all kinds of methods are still being used to try and keep black and brown folks from voting.

Take Voter ID laws. Under the phony excuse of worrying about vote fraud that doesn’t exist, lawmakers are demanding photo ID's across the U.S. And those laws mainly affect minorities, the elderly and the poor; many of whom don't have ID's like driver's licenses. Meanwhile, look at the study from MIT about how long people have to wait to vote. White folks wait an average of 11 minutes. None-whites, 24 minutes.

All of which means there are still plenty of ways to try and keep minorities from voting. And anyone who says that isn’t a problem is simply blind to the facts.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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