Here’s the problem with any legislation that deals with race – everyone is biased. For the most part, white people don’t know what it is like to be the victim of hate in this country, so it’s easy for them to think race is not a problem in this country anymore. I personally do not feel like race is as big an issue as it once was in this country, but then again I’m not an African American living in the south (or an employee of Paula Deen). So yesterday, when the Supreme Court ruled to overturn provisions meant to eliminate discrimination for minority voters, well, I didn’t know how to feel about it.
Here is what I do know; if redacting the section of the Voting Rights Act that had provisions to help ensure minorities are not discriminated against while voting, if this actually leads to problematic voting, it’s going to be well known, very quickly. Not sure if you heard of this thing called the “Internet”, but information travels across it pretty quickly. I also know this; the fact that we have to have a law like this on the books absolutely sucks. I like to think, in these modern times, that any person of any ethnicity should be able to vote free of discrimination. If anything, this ruling will be a strong test of our society, a test perhaps we are ready for.