When you are not serving the people, it may be time to step aside. And not serving the interests of the people is exactly what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia did Wednesday when he called a vital protection, a "perpetuation of racial entitlement." As a woman of color, leading an organization that fights for social justice every day, I was aghast.
After all, Scalia is speaking about the Voting Rights Act (VRA) which dictates that certain states and counties with a record of racial discrimination receive permission from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) before they can change their election laws. We all know our country's civil rights history so I say this is a good law to have on the books for it promises to keep the democratic process honest and open.
At the root of it, what was Scalia trying to say, that the courts don't have jurisdiction over state's rights, that Congress can't be trusted?
It may be time for Scalia to brush up on the Civil Rights movement and read some news articles on the recent gerrymandering actions across the country that occurred right before the 2012 presidential election. As someone who is in the business of protecting people's civil rights, I say 'hands off' the VRA. This law works and it works well.