Things have changed a lot since 1965. The Voting Rights Act has the support of moderates and liberals, but was opposed by conservative anti-Latino Republicans, mostly in the west, and racist Democrats, called Dixiecrats in the south. Republicans representing the 1% saw an opportunity for power and made racism socially acceptable among their ranks by adopting the Southern Strategy. The bigots who opposed the Voting Rights act then are now the Republican base. Make no mistake they have wanted to Kill the Voting Rights Act ever since, and yesterday, they succeeded, at least for now. I made my feelings clear yesterday in SCROTUS Skewered Voting Rights Act. Now here are reports by three of my favorite pundits, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell, followed by a bit more of my own analysis.
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Chris Hayes covered the story in three segments.
Rachel Maddow covered it in two segments.
Lawrence O’Donnell covered it in two segments.
Expect many House and Senate Republicans to make conciliatory noises at first. To do otherwise would be an admission of their racist intent. Many are more sneaky than that, especially in the Senate. They will make an appearance of negotiating, just as they have so many times in the past. We may be “just around the corner from a solution” for many years. In the meantime, Republicans at the state level will be demonstrating the true Republican goose-stepping to separate as many Black and Latino voters from their right to vote as quickly as they can. Every time they do so, it’s up to us to hang it around their neck, loud and often enough that even the most apathetic voters know what they are doing.
But I almost agree with SCROTUS on one thing. It is not fair to single out just the states on the 1972 list. Walker of Fitzwalkerstan, Kasich of Ohio, Snyder of Michigan, Branstad of Iowa, Corbett of Pennsylvania, Le Page of Maine and more are all pursuing racist Republican policies to disenfranchise minority voters. The only fair way forward to to extend the Title IV map to all fifty states. The only way to do that is to send Republican politicians to the unemployment line. That will be more difficult, because Republicans will have stolen the right to vote from many.