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Justice Scalia's disturbing "racial entitlements" remark

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  • Liberal Democrat
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Reference: Amy Davidson, The New Yorker, February 28, 2013: In Voting Rights, Scalia Sees a “Racial Entitlement”

    "Justice Antonin Scalia, during oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, said that the Court had to rescue Congress from the trap of being afraid to vote against a “racial entitlement”—the “entitlement” in question being the Voting Rights Act. (“Even the name of it is wonderful: the Voting Rights Act. Who is going to vote against that in the future?”)"

    Justice Scalia's comments were made in reviewing Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. If you are not familiar with the case, you can read about it in the New Yorker article link above. I won't litigate that case here, but I did want to call attention to Justice Scalia's remarks. Many civil rights leaders were shocked by Scalia's comments including Rep. John Lewis who called the comments “an affront to all of what the civil rights movement stood for.”

    Politico: John Lewis: Antonin Scalia comments ‘appalling’

    “It was unreal, unbelievable, almost shocking, for a member of the court to use certain language. I can see politicians and even members of Congress — but it is just appalling to me,” Lewis said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation.”

    “It is an affront to all of what the civil rights movement stood for, what people died for, what people bled for, and those of us who marched across that bridge 48 years ago, we didn’t march for some racial entitlement,” he continued. “We wanted to open up the political process, and let all of the people come in, and it didn’t matter whether they were black or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American.”

    It would appear, based on those that observed the court discussions, that SCOTUS is leaning 5-4 to repeal Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, even though in 2006 it was approved unanimously by the Senate and almost unanimously by the House. Is this just another of the many attempts by Republicans to sway (steal?) elections? Bush v Gore was the most infamous "steal" by SCOTUS and they followed that with Citizens United (also 5-4). Besides the racial overtone of Scalia's remarks, the bigger damage will be done when voter suppression is given a green light by the repeal of Section 5.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Absolutely Schmidt, the Republicans are at it again, actually they have never stopped. IF they (SCOTUS) repeal even Section 5, they and all good Americans will regret it later, actually sooner than later. I saw on MSNBC when they highlighted John Lewis' history, from his stance as a suffrage victim all the way to his being a successful politician and statesman. Our current House of Representatives is now being mirrored by Justice Scalia, with his all-out efforts to discredit anything good ever done by Democrats. What amazes me most, is how this Supreme Court actually confirmed the Constitutionality of Obama's health care initiative. I think Justice Roberts had a weak moment, but I am sure glad he did. Look at all the good that has come from the Health Care Act so far, and it isn't even in full implementation yet.