Will It Take 100 Years to Fix The Damage Wrought Today?

Congress voted to renew the Voting Rights Act in 1970, 1975, 1982, and 2006, each time with increasingly larger margins. Twenty Republican senators who are still serving in Congress supported re-authorization in 2006 and only 33 members in the House voted against it.

The Supreme Court is supposed to be the arbiter of our laws, yet today, like last last Monday, they continued their 5-4 quest to use partisan ideology, not law, to gut our civil liberties and voting rights of minorities throughout our nation.

“I didn’t think that on that day when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, that I would live to see five members of the United States Supreme Court undoing what President Johnson did with those pens,” Lewis added. “We must not forget our past. We must not forget our history. If we forget it, we will repeat it.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bemoaned that any Congressional action is unlikely, “As long as Republicans have a majority in the House and Democrats don’t have 60 votes in the Senate. It’s confounding that after decades of progress on voting rights, which have become part of the American fabric, the Supreme Court would tear it asunder,” he said.

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