High Court Poised to Upend Civil Rights Policies

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WASHINGTON – Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind? Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions. In one case, the issue is whether race preferences in university admissions undermine […]

Supreme Court Justice Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’

Justice Scalia Equates Black Voting Rights with 'Racial Entitlements'

WASHINGTON – In the oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court to determine whether a key section of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the provision as “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” It was the kind of comment that could easily spark a demonstration in front of the court. […]

JULIANNE MALVEAUX: Turning the Clock Back on Voting Rights

Julianne Malveaux
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OPINION – Shelby County, Ala. is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair. The facts: The small city of Calera redistricted its boundaries in a way that the sole African American councilman lost his seat. Section […]

Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision?

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision. The Voting Rights Act effectively attacked persistent discrimination at the polls by keeping close […]

SCOTUS to Take Up Racial Preferences & Gay Marriage in New Session

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court term that begins Monday holds the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. A look at cases the court already has agreed to hear and other top cases in the pipeline: RACIAL PREFERENCES – In Fisher v. University of Texas, to be argued Oct. 10, […]