SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
DeSantis's War on "Woke" Evokes Darkest Parts of Florida's History
by Carol Anderson
Calling DeSantis's agenda a "culture war" obscures the fact that is in fact a war against the marginalized, an effort to narrow the definition of who counts as a Floridian and whom the state will serve and protect, with the right to vote at the center.
SOURCE: Mississippi Free Press
Mississippi AG: We Purged "Taint" of Racism from Felon Disenfranchisement Law in 1968
Attorney General Janet Fitch insisted that the Supreme Court had no cause to review the state's law disenfranchising certain felons. She acknowledged the explicit racist intent embedded in the statute but insisted that "taint" had been removed.
While Decrying Election Denialists, Congress Can't Ignore the Need to Protect the Voting Rights Act
by Gregory T. Moore
The best way for a bipartsian coalition of lawmakers to demonstrate more than lip service to the values of democracy is to pass the Electoral Count Reform Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
DeSantis v. Trump: More Polish, Less Bombast, Same Threat to Democracy?
by Annika Brockschmidt
Conservatives appear eager to boost Ron DeSantis as a "normal" conservative without Trump's "big lie" baggage. Yet his political career is a monument to the pursuit of minority rule, from gerrymandering to voting rights.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
New Documentary uses Fight for Black Power in Lowndes County, Alabama as Lens on Present
Vann Newkirk, whose work inspired "Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power" examines how a conservative white minority fought to keep power even after the passage of the Voting Rights Act
SOURCE: NBC News
Arizona Court: Armed Poll Watchers are Engaged in Free Speech, Not Voter Intimidation
by Rick Hasen
Standing around a ballot drop box wearing tactical gear and carrying a semiautomatic weapon is clearly an act of voter intimidation, says a leading scholar of voting rights.
Florida's Arrests of Voters with Felony Convictions Echoes Post-Reconstruction Era
Felon disenfranchisement dates back to Florida's first constitution in 1838; after Florida's voters approved a constitutional amendment, Governor Ron DeSantis's administration has instituted loopholes to prevent people from exercising that right and making public arrests that are likely to make many convicted Floridians think better of trying.
SOURCE: The Forum
The Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of the Nation's First Voting Rights Act
by Ed Burmila
Beginning with the failure of the Lodge Act in 1890, parties have treated voting rights as just one of many policy priorities competing for space on the agenda and scarce political capital, instead of a basic precondition of functioning democracy. Democrats today are repeating this mistake.
Southern Republicans Want to Narrow the Census Definition of Black Identity – Why?
In a case that involves both the history of voting rights and exclusion and changes in the Census's recognition of complex ethnic identities since 1980, the Supreme Court may reverse a longstanding assumption about which voters are properly understood to be Black.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
Justice Jackson's Questioning in Voting Rights Case Shows History Won't be Left to Court's Right Wing
The new Associate Justice pushed back against the idea that the writers of the 14th Amendment intended for it to ensure "color-blind" treatment of voters rather than an affirmative defense of racially inclusive political participation.
SOURCE: Mississippi Free Press
Court Upholds Mississippi's 1890 Jim Crow Voting Law
The framers of the state's voting laws were explicit in their intention to use the law to strip as many Black men of their right to vote as possible. A federal court recently ruled that the law, amended with nominally color-blind language, is acceptable.
SOURCE: Washington Post
3 Law Profs: Connecting Abortion and Voting Rights at SCOTUS
by Leah Litman, Melissa Murray and Kate Shaw
The Supreme Court has turned reproductive freedom over to state elected officials who are increasingly unaccountable to the public because of the Court's decisions eviscerating the Voting Rights Act.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Will the Dems Use 14th Amendment to Punish States for Voting Rights Crackdowns?
Congress is entitled under the Amendment to strip states of representation if they don't maintain a republican form of government. Do proposed voting rights restrictions and other red-state legislation qualify?
An Attack on Voting Rights is an Attack on the Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
by Keisha N. Blain
No one who learns the life story of Fannie Lou Hamer and the sacrifices she made for the right to vote can accept the current attacks on the Voting Rights Act.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Giving up on Voting Rights Legislation Would be Unconscionable
by E.J. Dionne
Democratic politicians and their allies must commit to fighting for voting rights and stronger safeguards to the electoral process despite the crushing defeat in the effort to reform the filibuster.
SOURCE: Saturday Evening Post
The Filibuster Protects the Powerful, Not Vulnerable Minorities
by Ben Railton
The regular use of the filibuster in the 20th century paralleled its use as a tool to frustrate the political goals of labor and civil rights activists.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Now or Never to Stop US Descent to Authoritarian Rule
by Thomas Zimmer
The Republican Party has operated on the core propositions that the Democratic opposition and its core constituencies are fundamentally illegitimate long before Donald Trump. Biden's victory shouldn't obscure how close they are to establishing permanent minority rule.
Of Course the Federal Government Can Regulate Elections
by Heather Cox Richardson
The Constitution not only enables, but requires the federal government to act when state authority violates the principles of democracy, something President Harry Truman realized in 1946.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Manchin and Sinema are Fulfilling John Roberts's Vision
by Ronald Brownstein
"Roberts, who served as a young clerk to conservative Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist and as a Justice Department assistant in the Reagan administration, has long expressed hostility to federal oversight of voting and election rules."
SOURCE: Raleigh News & Observer
NC GOP Carrying on Tradition of Muting the Black Vote
North Carolina's gerrymandered legislative and Congressional district maps were drawn without consideration to race, say state Republicans. But it's difficult to miss the parallel between the 1890s and today: a conservative bloc of white voters subverting the will of Black and progressive coalition, say James Leloudis and Robert Korstad.
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