Tag: Voting Rights Act

Scalia is wrong about the Voting Rights Act

This op-ed in the WP argues that Justice Antonin Scalia misunderstands the egalitarian nature of the Voting Rights Act.  The act doesn’t just protect the rights of African Americans; it protects everyone. 

Scalia’s limited understanding of the Voting Rights Act

By Gary May, Published: April 26

Gary May is a history professor at the University of Delaware and the author of “Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.”

In the debate over the future of the Voting Rights Act , it sometimes becomes apparent that certain members of the Supreme Court are either oblivious to our nation’s recent history or willfully ignore it. Justice Antonin Scalia made this abundantly clear in his comments during the Feb. 27 oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder , statements that he repeated in a speech on April 15. (more…)