It’s tough to keep black people in the South from voting when there are intrusive federal laws trying to let black people vote. Have we learned nothing from the blockbuster motion picture Lincoln? Yes, we have learned nothing, and also the Democrats appear to be on some kind of permanent demographic winning streak, say the old white conservatives on the Supreme Court. So it’s probably time to put aside these outdated old laws. Why, racism ended a long, long time ago. Especially in the Deep South.
In today’s loaded questioning, the four white conservative justices expressed sincere skepticism about the federal law protecting the rights of black voters in the South, and made it pretty clear that they intend to support a racist Alabama county’s case for killing a central provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Clarence Thomas was utterly silent during today’s questioning, as he is only allowed to speak once every seven years and the last time was only a month ago, an occasion he used to mumble an incompetent joke that was supposed to insult graduates of Yale, his alma mater. (The other justices talked over him, so there’s not even a clear transcript of what he was attempting there, humor-wise.)
Clarence Thomas, what a singular individual! It must be a strange feeling to be the only black American (mutely) in favor of ending the Voting Rights Act, and to be sitting up there with your four white bosses who do the talking and tell you how to vote.