The 2013 Supreme Court ruling ala James Crow, esq. and the Voting Rights Act of 1965


The Supreme Court Ruling – June 25, 2013 Full 37 Page Text

instead of going forward...some want to keep going backwards

Top – 1964 Supreme Court
Middle – President Johnson signing Voting Rights Act.
Bottom – 2013 Supreme Court

{Washington, D.C.]     The Supreme Court ruling will either be your motivator to call talk-shows pontificating on why you don’t vote, what President Obama hasn’t done for you, or other communication where in the spirit of the great late James Brown, you are “talking loud and saying nothing!!!”  Or it will be your inspiration to wake up your family, your neighborhood, your community and let them know the battle is not over.  Yes, the Voting Rights Act was signed in 1964, but politics does not take a vacation.  There will be thousands, hundreds of thousands, some even estimate perhaps one million who will converge in Washington D.C. on August 24, 2013.  The event was originally organized to pay respect to the 50th Anniversary of the iconic “March on Washington.”  Now that the Supreme Court has pulled their hat – trick, will you sit on the sidelines mumbling or dust yourself off and take part on an issue that surely will affect your life, but more important your heirs?

The 2013 Supreme Court allowed political partisanship to decide Shelby v Holder, or commonly known as questioning the legitimacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  There are those, more than you can count who truly believe there is little or no need for civil rights legislation.  They point to more elected African-Americans than ever before.  And, they further attempt to bolster their argument by pointing to the historic elections of President Barack Obama.

What they miss is the outright assault and disrespect to the office of the President of the United States and any gains achieved designed to level the playing field for African-Americans and other affected groups where discrimination is used to keep them in a subservient position.   By the way, James Crow, esq. was silent, that is before the election of President Obama.  Ever since then all hell as broken out.   Many claim, what is the big deal ?  The problem stems from the very thing which made the voting rights protection available in the first place…….RACISM,  or having racial animus against another group.  Today, you won’t be able to find the vitriolic Jim Clark hollering at his Sherrif”s office, or Bull Conner patrolling the neighborhood with billy club in tow.  Now, that attitude has been upgraded and we have Jim Crow, esq. or those with the spirit of the five justices who felt it was better to use political partisanship than to recognize that just like in 1965, American Citizens are seeing their voting rights eroded by some pretty nasty tactics that would make George Wallace blush!!

This saga will continue as only the people will determine if this is a permanent set-back or not.  Hope to see you in D.C. August 24th.

My encouragement so that you are engaged, one way or another is read the full 37 page ruling, otherwise you are left for others to attempt interpret.

In summary or reality, what we are witnessing is the price to be paid for electing the first African-American President.  For some, it is a steep price, but in the words of Congressman John Lewis, “none of the current Supreme Court, especially the five who voting to remove protections were never bitten by snapping german shepherds, or having their homes fire-bombed, or being beaten mercifully or other human indignities simply because of the color of your skin.”

Helpful links

50th Anniversary March on Washington

National Action Network – March on Washington – Aug. 24, 2013

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