For Citizens, Voting Rights and Responsibilities –

For Citizens, Voting Rights and Responsibilities –

December 1, 2011, 2:13 am

Voting Rights — and Responsibilities

This little essay is about voting rights, but let’s start by looking at this national population chart from the 2010 census.


So it is a bad idea to hire people and award government contracts and admit students into universities on the basis of race — and it is likewise a bad idea to gerrymander voting boundaries along racial lines to ensure a certain number of “majority-minority” districts. Alas, the latter has become the principal use for section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 2006 voting-rights case involving redistricting in Texas, “It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” Not only sordid but bizarre, since the Voting Rights Act, one of the crown jewels of the civil rights movement, is now being used to segregate voters by skin color and by what country their ancestors came from.


Read the full story here: The New York Times


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