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The ironic whiplash was pretty severe last week, as a statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled in the Capital Building Rotunda while the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in favor of dismantling the Voting Rights Act.
What does that have to do with you? Plenty, since our state lawmakers seem to have taken the cue from their brethren in DC and decided to enact their own version of Taxpayer Jeopardy.
In the oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, the constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County, Alabama is objecting to the landmark civil rights law's requirement that states and local areas with a history of racial discrimination must secure federal "preclearance" before changing their voting rules. The contention is that the Act, specifically Section 5, are an undue burden the states covered, since the racial dynamic has changed so dramatically since the time the law initially went into effect in 1965.
Just hold that thought.
Not to be out crazied by Shelby County, our own speaker of the House Thom Tillis went on the record this weekend as saying that a new voter ID bill will be introduced at the North Carolina General Assembly yet again this year, no doubt seeking to deny thousands of minority, low-income, seniors, and disabled voters the right to cast their ballots.
Sure doesn’t seems like we’re in a post-racial time in North Carolina, does it? Let’s hope the Supreme Court, and the North Carolina General Assembly, come to their senses.