Sensenbrenner’s bill includes triggers to determine which states will be covered by the federal mandate. His new triggers make it explicit that whites cannot be protected under the law. The formula to determine protection for minority groups on page 11 of H.R. 3899 (line 20) says “of a race other than white.” Five lines later in the bill, people of color are weighed against anyone who is “white” to calculate the new federal mandates.
In the video, before a town hall of constituents in Rubicon, Wisc., Sensenbrenner denied that his legislation says what it plainly says.
O’Keefe: I’ve got a question about the bill you introduced; the voting rights bill. In the legislation it seems to contain language that explicitly removes white people protections of voting rights act.
Sensenbrenner: It does not do that.
O’Keefe: It doesn’t?
Sensenbrenner: Ah, you know. One of the things that the voting rights has always looked at is that if the minority turnout is lower than average then there is more scrutiny by the Justice Department. What the bill does, it says if there is discrimination against white people that may happen in certain heavily black areas, then there would be extra scrutiny on that. But there is nothing that is targeting people by race in the voting rights act.
Sensenbrenner’s statement in O’Keefe’s video is wrong on multiple counts. First, his legislation explicitly excludes whites, even “in heavily black areas.” This exclusion matters. In 2007, the Justice Department obtained
a judgment against a black Democrat in Mississippi under the Voting Rights Act for discrimination against white voters, a case on which this reporter worked. Sensenbrenner’s bill does what the racialist Left seeks to accomplish in many areas — exclude whites from civil-rights protection.
Second, the original 1965 triggers did not look at low minority turnout, contrary to Sensenbrenner’s claims at the townhall meeting. The law looked at overall low turnout. The Justice Department’s own website does a better job of describing the old law than did Sensenbrenner: “The second element of the formula would be satisfied if the Director of the Census determined that less than 50 percent of persons of voting age were registered to vote on November 1, 1964, or that less than 50 percent of persons of voting age voted in the presidential election of November 1964.”