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    To be a fly on the wall when Justices Scalia and Sotomayor discuss racism...

    As an aside, how would 5 Republican Justices voting to strike Section V help the GOP rehabilitate its image in the eyes of minorities?
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    I actually agree with him.....in a country where actors say they vote for President Hussein Obama based on his skin color.....we might need the pendulum to swing the other way in the blue states.....
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    I don't agree with him at all. But I expect white southerners to agree with him. Nobody is going to turn down an opportunity to oppress others in this country.
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    "Is it the government's submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than the citizens in the North?"

    That is not the issue, as he should know. Racism is not something that can be measured so easily and quantified. What CAN be measured and demonstrated are the number of blatant measures taken in Southern states to thwart minorities from voting. It's true that other states have examples of racial discrimination, but the South had "Jim Crow" laws that spelled out government mandated segregation and oppression. They provoked the oversight provided by the Voting Rights Act.

    This is not a matter of protecting racial entitlement, it is a matter of protecting every citizen's entitlement to vote. There is evidence that states in the South continue to attempt to thwart non-white citizens' right to vote by limiting access to polling stations. This is not the time to remove oversight.
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    While so many are so quick to jump into anything with the key word 'racial' in it - most especially when uttered by a moderate or conservative , let me ask you to consider the times.'Stuck in the 1950's '?? Don't let the Democrats pull a smoke & mirrors scam here in an attempt to re-write history . Back in those years 'THEY' were the party of the 'Jim Crow Laws' & Segregation . The Republicans opposed them. LBJ was a Dem. racist Texan who 'hoped to quiet the Blacks by throwing them a bone ' & changing voter's rights. It was not Republicans blocking the roads & entrances to schools. Don't follow like sheep & seek an education thru TV media & talking heads of either party . There is this thing called 'reading' & 'American history '- check it out - you might be amazed what you can learn by simply thinking for yourself .
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    It's a shame that voter suppression is alive and thriving and that the need for extraordinary federal protection of this most fundamental civil right remains unchanged. I look forward to the day when these states and counties can rise above the history of virulent racism that made the law necessary in the first place.
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    Wtf are you talking about? I think that is what they are trying to do. Exactly what you are asking.
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    To paraphrase Johnny Cochran if Johnny Cochran was a Republican in charge of gerrymandering, "If you can't persuade, you must evade".
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    Who is anybody kidding...Confederate flags seem more common than the American Flag...Mississippi actually has it in their flag...been to a NASCAR race lately? How many "N bombs" were dropped? I was shocked when I first moved south of the Mason Dixon how commonplace the word "Nigger" is in everyday conversation.
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    Either you were here forty plus years ago or you spent most of your time in the black community or you are lieing your ass off.

    I grew up in the South and still live here. The word has not been in common usage in conversation since around 1980.
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    Voter suppression is being used by the left to advance their endorsement of perceived racism....you should have to show ID to vote, but then if u don't allow criminal immigrants to vote you're being racist!!!....as far as waiting in line to vote I'm sure the white people waited just as long as the rest.....and absentee balloting is available to everyone regardless of race.
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    I'm with it...lets start dealing with Voter ID laws now...wait a sec do you hear that? Silence from Republicans all of sudden on the matter...I wonder why?
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    @Food4thoughts
    Sorry I dont get it. We all have wanted Voter ID laws forever!!! and the Left always has said no, I do not know any republicans on the far left
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    @Vance1
    Really...I have not heard anything since the election...can you show me where a politician has brought up the issue since November? I can show you several from September and October 2012...can you find me something since?
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    @Food4thoughts
    Actually I found some ;-)...again I'm ok with voter ID laws... But implement them now and not attempt a fast one right before an election.
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    Scalia is correct but not in the way that he thinks or most interpret it as. As is often the case currently, individuals do not understand the word "entitlement" (meaning something that an individual or group is 'entitled' too due to having worked for it, paid for it, or due to the general acceptance that it is a basic right or need. i.e. health care, basic education, or legal protection. So, in this case the 'race' part of the "Racial Entitlement" is 'entitled' to equal protection voting rights under the law and the Voting Rights Act protects that. This is NOT to be confused with a 'sense of entitlement' which is the, often wrongly held, belief that an individual or group is deserving of something REGARDLESS of what they have, or have not, done to be 'entitled' to it. i.e. health care AFTER you have intentionally, or wantonly, destroyed your health and yet still believe that you are 'entitled' to not pay more for it via insurance premiums than the individual that maintains optimal health. Or massive tax breaks because you inherited great wealth and then did nothing more than sit back and enjoy it..or you got lucky playing the stock market. Scalia's comments are a NOT so thinly veiled reference to the belief/idea held by many (and apparently based off of his comment, Scalia as well!) that the African American community of the United States is composed primarily of shiftless, lazy, good for nothing, criminal, drug using, irresponsible and/or prolific parenting, welfare kings/gueens who believe that they deserve unearned,'special' treatment and/or 'extra' rights. Don't believe me?! Stop for a moment and imagine Al Sharpton saying the phrase "it is a Perpetuation of Racial Entitlement" to describe a private White Anglo-Saxon club's policy of denying African Americans from becoming members! NOW, tell me that it does not take on a whole NEW meaning!
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    The requirement was enacted in 1965
    as temporary legislation, to expire in five years, But as with anything this government does...Its still here, Gee who would have thought .... wright!!!
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    If this "Act" had not named any state and been applied equally to all states it would have been fair and embraced by all. And, for all those folks who think the south is somehow below their state...you need to get a new life, time to change things. Minorities have every opportunity that anyone else has today. I suggest that we send Eric Holder a message that exposes his racism....and that of his boss, Barack Husssein Obama.
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    Did Scalia get the fat letter too?.lol

    Of course racism IS strong as ever.
    Example:

    When I first started college in Indiana in 2003. I walked across the steet to the local store. The owner said to me. "nice to meet you, we have a nice quiet town here. And dont worry, no blacks live here" my mouth dropped and I turned around and walked out. I couldnt believe this day and age people really still had that mindset BUT during Obamas first campaigne for election. It was CLEAR blacks are just as racists.. It goes both ways! But its alive and well.
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    I just can't see how many can't see that racism is still here and stronger than before. It my not be as "straight in your face" as it has been in the past, but it is still here. It's more of a subtle racism. Like I applied for a bank supervisor job in MO. Since I never put race on my application, the personnel director called me before I could even get home. Did a partial phone interview and was highly impressed. Met for the actual interview a day later. The lady was less than friendly and said would get back to me. Called several times. Never got back to me. Several months later, the wife of my wife's medical school partner wanted to have lunch and explain something to me. Come to find out she worked at that bank and set in on a meeting discussing that particular position. She didn't know how to approach me to tell me that my application was thrown in the trash. The reason was because all the people I would have supervised did not want a "nigger" supervising them. If she had not told me, I would have never guess that was the reason why I never got the job. Racism is alive and doing very well. It only got worst when President Obama was first elected.
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  • #33
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    I didn't vote because I'm in the middle. As I understand it, it seems to need to at the very least be revised. If this election is any indication black people seems to need no help in re-electing President Obama or voting several times in the same election. However, racism absolutely still exists.
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    Agree....Get really tired of hearing voter suppression. Are we stopping them from going to the polls? Do we need to have a "portable" voting booth with an ice cream truck type music go around the neighborhoods? Do we need to leave a trail of dollar bills from the affected neighborhoods to a voting booth?
    "However, racism absolutely still exists." and will always exist as long as our government keeps not only allow it but encourage it.
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    Dis anybody honestly think that Scalia would say anything different than what he said...This is a guy who is already clearly "stuck-in-the-1950's "...anyway. And all one has to do is to take a look at all of those incredibly blatant attempts of both southern and some other states to block & suppress the black, latino, and democratic votes...Hell the Republican leader of the Pennsylvania Senate---even came right out and suggested that by suppressing those blocks of votes..."now Romney can win the state of Pennsylvania"...Of course these laws need to remain in place!
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    TBH I do not think the GOP will ever get a majority of either black or Hispanic votes It's not necessary to do that to win. They just need to get a bigger percentage of their votes, especially Hispanics. Also the GOP needs to get more of the college vote. It wouldn't be hard to do either. Legalize marijuana and accept gay people as equals in our society would help them a lot.
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    @DARSB Democrats are for open borders, non-stop spending, and racial strife in this country. No sane person would support that mess.
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    @RollinPapers - "Democrats are for open borders, non-stop spending, and racial strife in this country." Do you have a coherent reason for believing obvious BS? Or do you prefer to use Fox News talking points as your own opinions?
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  • #174
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    One thing for sure, no matter where you come down on the issue, race is still a very divisive topic in the USA, the land of the free. Can't we all just get along?
  • #173
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    "Scalia called a key part of the Voting Rights Act a "perpetuation of racial entitlement"

    But without it there will be a perpetuation of racial injustice.
  • #142
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    I think something we all agree on is the right of every U.S. citizen, no matter their heritage, the right to vote. No law is necessary! That does not have anything to do with party lines or race. I do think we need to do the same for poor white voters and provide transportation to and from voting. Not the scandalous bussing in black voters on the premise that they vote for Obama. Everyone has the right to vote however they choose! During early voting I would be glad to pick up any voter without transportation, no matter their political affiliation and drive them to and from the voting center. If they ask me who I voted for and why I will tell them. If they do not ask, I will not say a word. We can discuss other things if it's a long drive. Or we can just remain silent, which is very hard for me. I like to be discussing something when in the car with another. Discuss children, who by the way I wouldn't mind one bit watching their babies and children while they're inside voting. I've had quite a few times voting with one of my children hanging on my leg or being held on my hip. I'll have a baby seat, a toddler seat and two booster seats in the trunk. I already have them because of my 7yr old.
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