Last Tuesday the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is no longer needed. Listening to comments on the ruling from the black community and liberal politicians, you would think that no non-white person will ever be allowed to vote again.
Section 4 mandated that certain states (mostly in the South) seek federal permission (“preclearance”) for any changes to their voting laws. The rest of the Voting Rights Act will remain intact, so anyone can still seek relief if they feel state laws discriminate against minority groups.
This expressed outrage over the ruling is classic politics. Liberal politicians need to champion anything that gives power to their voting base. Lawyers and staff from civil rights organizations need such laws because they make a living dealing with such legislation.
We are not back in 1965. The US has its first multi-racial president and voter turnout among blacks was higher than whites in the 2012 presidential election. There are many black and Latino legislators on both the state and federal levels. Race relations in the US have improved by leaps and bounds since 1965. But we will never become a colorblind society until minority groups acknowledge that and allow sensible, sensitive reforms to various anti-discrimination laws.