Liberals are aghast at the Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced the decision for its “hubris.” Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, condemned it as a “dagger” stab at civil rights. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. warned that he would not let the court’s ruling hinder Justice Department activism.
The Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965 after the brutal and bloody repression of peaceful black protesters by Alabama and other Southern states. In the decades after the act passed, black voter registration soared. The Alabama cities of Selma and Montgomery — notorious for civil-rights-era violence — now have black mayors. Nationwide, blacks had a higher percentage turnout in last fall’s presidential election than did whites.
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