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Scalia: Voting Rights Act Represents ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’

by David Badash on February 27, 2013

in News

Today, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia claimed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represents the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”  The Supreme Court today heard arguments for and against striking down sections of the Voting Rights Act, and seemed ready to gut the law originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson and reaffirmed by Congress for decades since.

“After the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News observed, ‘I think it’s safe to say there are five votes to strike down either one or both parts of the Voting Rights Act,’” the Huffington Post reported:

Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represented the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” saying that lawmakers had only voted to renew the act in 2006 because there wasn’t anything to be gained politically from voting against it.

“Even the name of it is wonderful, the Voting Rights Act. Who’s going to vote against that?” Scalia wondered during oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder. He said that the Voting Rights Act had effectively created “black districts by law.”

Here, a transcript of today’s oral arguments:

SCOTUS Voting Righs Act by davidbadash

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{ 2 comments }

Alex_Parrish February 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

No surprise here. Whether or not the act is upheld, Scalia has shown himself to be a racist, sexist elitist homophobe and is a stain on the reputation of the SCOUS. He is unlikely to retire — the evil ones never do — and I would never express a wish that someone die — but I won't be sad when he does.

labman57 February 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Some social conservatives and tea party fanatics would love to return to the days of yesteryear when Jim Crow laws were SOP, and political intimidation of voters at election precincts was frowned upon, yet widely tolerated … and some justices on the SCOTUS appear to be all too eager to accommodate this quest for social devolution.

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