It’s about damn time! No one disputes that racial discrimination still may exist, although it has lessened considerably in the past five decades, and is no longer the greatest stumbling block to the advancement of minority communities. Even less prevalent are any institutionalized bars to minority voting, which the act was designed to address (and no, requiring an ID to vote is NOT racially-motivated.)
It’s way past time to move beyond race. Now, if we can only convince the “progressives” and “liberals” to move past race, we could make some progress.
The “progressive” argument that voter identification laws are tanatamout to a new poll tax and that such laws are discriminatory based on race shows just how out of touch and desperate they are to use race as a weapon. Hey, it’s just a common-sense solution, right?
But whatever one thinks about the racial advancement of our nation in the last half-century, it is not seriously arguable that racial animosity is still worse in the states of the south than anywhere else. Indeed, it could be argued that the real hotbeds of racism are now in the urban areas of the north, while we southerners have, in general, evolved far beyond any earlier cultural divisions. The only reason the southern state “preclearance” section of the act has been repeatedly renewed (as if KKK lynchings were still occurring) is that the Democrats would have been sure to demagogue and demonize as a racist any Republican who suggested that they were no longer needed, and that the Republicans were, as usual, too craven to do so anyway.
The SCOTUS majority is right: look into reports of voting rights violations if you want, but if you do so, come up with something more relevant than that the district in question is in the South.[fbcomments]