Ferguson: Supreme Court impedes race relations

08/26/2014 11:08 AM

08/27/2014 11:45 AM

The Ferguson tragedy has precipitated violence and weeklong demonstrations. Once again, public officials are there to investigate, bear witness and search for answers. Representatives from federal, congressional and administrative branches were there. A third branch of government was not: the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice John Roberts implied racial discrimination is minimal in today's world in his majority opinion when they rejected a key element in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On June 25, 2013 they voided that element that jurisdictions that had a history of discrimination were to have another legal authority give permission before they changed their voting laws. Now those jurisdictions can change their laws without overview. Several states are now changing their laws to handicap and restrict blacks from their voting rights.

The Supreme Court needs a reality check. If they can not see discrimination, how can the populace reform?

-- David Friend, Ione

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