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White Americans Don’t Get It



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From a rush transcript of Durbin:

IT IS THEIR BELIEF, MANY OF THEM, THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RULE ON THESE DECISIONS.n EN OR ITS ISSUE OF VOTING RIGHTS, MR. PRYOR HAS URGED CONGRESS TO TO TAKE STEP IT’S SO UNDERMINE THE RIGHTS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO VOTE. HE URGED CONGRESS TO CONSIDER SERIOUSLY THE REPEAL OF THE AMENDMENT OF SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACTS. THIS IS A KEY PROVISION ENCOURAGING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN VOTING. IT REQUIRES CERTAIN STATES TO ACHIEVE PREAPPROVAL FOR CHANGING — CHANGING VOTING RIGHT STANDARDS. IT IS CLEARLY A S. RES. TAJ OF AN AMERICAN IN TRANSITION FROM RACIAL DIVISION OF STKHREUPL NATION TO A MORE OPEN EQUAL POLICY. MR. PRYOR RAISE QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO TRY TO MEET THAT STANDARD. I DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS SENTIMENT. HE CALLED SECTION 5 — QUOTE — “AN AFFRONT TO FEDERALISM AND AN EXPENSIVE BURDEN THAT FAR OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS.” I MIGHT SAY TO MR. PRYOR AND TO OTHERS WHO ARE WHITE AMERICANS THAT WE CANNOT POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH THIS MEANS, WHAT IT MEANS TO AN INDIVIDUAL TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE, PARTICULARLY A PERSON OF COLOR, A MINORITY IN AMERICA. AND SECTION 5 IS THERE TO GUARANTEE IT. AS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ALABAMA, MR. PRYOR TESTIFIED THAT IT HAD OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS. I DISAGREE WITH HIS SENTIMENT. THANKFULLY, SO DID THE SUPREME COURT AND MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.


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