voting-rights-act

In 1964, the Supreme Court issued new rules when it came to being able to vote in this country. It was what Martin Luther King pushed for when he marched on Washington the year prior and was one of the pinnacle moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Black people across the country could vote without any restrictions so long as they complied with national voting laws and thing seemed peachy. They felt vindicated when they watched Paula Deen get canned by the Food Network because it always brings a smile on the face of an African-American who feels victimized by a certain group of people and watches said group get brought down to their knees.

Well, the Supreme Court just enabled those knees to be used however they see fit because yesterday in a 5-4 decision, the highest court in the country virtually blew up a key section in the Voting Rights Act. The move enables certain states to implement whatever voter registration laws they can and want to. The Court removed the fangs from the act and unless Congress steps into specifically outline what states can do, voting as we know it especially for minorities might swing another election.

Looking back at the 2012 Presidential election and it was clear what was happening. For too long the Republican party had been focused on everything but minorities, their attempts at bridging the gap resulting in more comical farces (see Michael Steele being the head of the GOP for a good stretch of time) than actual gains. After getting shut out of the highest office due to minorities clearly voting in the opposite direction, Republicans faced the difficult task of either finally attempting to openly eradicate decades of stereotypes exchanged between them and minorities to try and force them to cross over from voting so staunchly for Democrats or use the law to effectively make minorities and others less likely to show up for elections.

Of course they chose the latter.

Here’s the probable outcome of all of this if certain states take the power to enact much stricter voting policies – minorities won’t vote because they feel its a hassle. An annoyed base more frustrated than pro active would lead to lower minority turn out, especially in the youth who unless you explain things to them clear as day would rather do something other than vote. Don’t think some states jumped with joy at the Court’s ruling as Texas’ Voter ID Law is moving closer and closer to being a reality.

Martin Luther King and the other champions of the Civil Rights Movement must have saw yesterday’s decision and felt a pain wherever they may be. What he fought so hard to obtain is slowly being stripped away from him and those who wanted to forever be judged by the content of their character.