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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • Olen Burrage dies at 82; suspect in slayings of Mississippi civil rights workers

    Olen Burrage, a farmer and Ku Klux Klan member who owned the Mississippi land where the bullet-riddled bodies of three civil rights workers were found buried in the 1960s, has died. He was 82. Burrage, who was acquitted on civil rights charges related...
  • Voting Rights Act: PBS is seeking your story

     
    Do you have a story to share about how the Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed your life? It has been big news Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court ponders whether the act is still necessary. For those who want to know more, “PBS NewsHour” is...
  • Wrong about racism

    Wrong about racism
    One day, many years ago, I was working in my college bookstore when this guy walks in wearing a T-shirt. "White Power," it said. I was chatting with a friend, Cathy Duncan, and what happened next was as smooth as if we had rehearsed it. All at once,...
  • Supreme Court opens the door for discrimination

    Supreme Court opens the door for discrimination
    In theory, the Supreme Court's evisceration of the Voting Rights Act sounds perfectly reasonable, even restrained. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, does not eliminate the possibility that the government could require some...
  • High Court Opens Door To More Voting Rights Suppression

    High Court Opens Door To More Voting Rights Suppression
    "Our country has changed," wrote a smug Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in a Supreme Court majority opinion last week that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark legislation that lowered barriers to voting for racial minorities across...
  • Voting rights decision was motivated by politics, not the law

    The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong in the voting rights case ("Part of voting act tossed," June 26). Instead of relying on the 74 most recent incidents reviewed by the Justice Department, the conservative majority of Republican-appointed justices...
  • 'Daily Show,' Colbert slam Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling

    'Daily Show,' Colbert slam Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling
    On Tuesday night, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert blasted the Supreme Court for its controversial ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The decision, as Oliver explained on “The Daily Show,” removed a part of...
  • Supreme Court gay marriage rulings: Historic step for equal rights

    Supreme Court gay marriage rulings: Historic step for equal rights
    There will be no “skim-milk marriages” in these United States. That phrase, memorably coined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act in March, perfectly summed up the discriminatory law that...
  • The future of the Voting Rights Act

    The future of the Voting Rights Act
    When the Supreme Court struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, which required nine states to get federal approval of any election change, there were howls of anger and despair among liberals. They see the provision as vital to preventing new...
  • Updated Voting Act Needed To Stop Abuses

    Time for everyone to step away from their respective ledges. A few days have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Some of the knee-jerk...
  • Court Got It Right On Out-Of-Date Voting Act

    Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government's supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965...