Every week there’s one news story that captivates me and accounts for the majority of my current events reading for the next seven days. This week, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a key portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 caught my attention.
Before the VRA was enacted, many states manufactured their own unauthorized rules that made it difficult for blacks to become registered voters. Blacks had to pass a literacy test. Or show a government-issued ID. Or recite the Declaration of Independence. Because of these discriminatory practices, registered black voters lagged behind registered white voters by up to 60% in 1965. Twenty-three years later, the gap had closed to an average of 6%.
This week in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided to […]