| Jun 25, 2013
| 3:10 PM
I have read that there were gasps in the Supreme Court during arguments last February when Justice Antonin Scalia described the 1965 Voting Rights Act, one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights era, as a “racial entitlement.”
| Jun 25, 2013
| 4:06 PM
The civil rights era ended Tuesday — or at least that's what the historians will say about the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as unconstitutional.
Congress enacted that law — one...
| Jan 21, 2013
Aldon Morris is a Northwestern University professor who has accompanied busloads of students traveling from the school's Evanston campus to Chicago's Far South Side, passing through areas where President Barack Obama once stomped as a community organizer....
| Feb 27, 2013
| 4:42 PM
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...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 4:00 AM
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,...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 9:33 PM
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...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:30 PM
It suddenly hit me this week: I don't live in the real world. I live in Washington, D.C.
In the real world, nobody would argue about renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It's a no-brainer. Violence against women, all women, is wrong. Only in...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The U.S. views itself as a nation progressing ever toward the ideals of justice and liberty. In many ways it's true.
The egregious violations of civil rights that kept so many from voting are sins of another era. Long gone are poll taxes and forcing...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:30 AM
How fitting that after Republicans lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, plus lost the popular vote for Congress by over a million votes — and only hold on to their majority in the House by vigorous gerrymandering...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 3:05 PM
The Supreme Court should overturn at least part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Once a civil rights landmark, the law is outdated. The legal burdens on the nine states are no longer justified.
The question at the heart of the arguments before the...
| Mar 3, 2013
Sometimes U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia remind me of Statler and Waldorf, the grumpy old cranks in the balcony of "The Muppet Show" — except that in the courtroom Thomas usually lets his fellow conservative do all...