Many, many reader responses on this. A couple:
Derb — I live in Georgia, where it is literally a federal case to move a polling place from the old middle school gym to the new middle school gym. As a result, we do have plenty of disenfranchisement going on, because we keep voting in crummy old public buildings with inadequate parking, we don’t add more polling places, and we don’t redraw our local districts to reflect population changes.
I didn’t even live in Georgia in 1964 when the Voting Rights Act was passed (and wasn’t even of voting age at the time); if I’m alive in 2031, the earliest possible date the act may finally expire, I’ll be 75 years old, and probably still voting in the same gym, because it will be cheaper to keep fixing the roof for another two decades than it will be to go to court and get permission from the Feds to vote someplace else.
[Me] Goodness, it sounds like Obama’s South Carolina horror story about a school that was 150 years old. (I.e. 400 years younger than this one, and about 1,250 years younger than this one.) Perhaps the reason for that 150-year-old school being so dilapidated has something to do with the VRA . . .
Mr. Derbyshire — If you’re a Southerner, it is always 1964. The only way you win elite approval as a Southerner is to renounce any and all values of the South — see Howell Raines of the NY Times, et al — and vigorously embrace liberal and leftist ideas and programs.
I’m always amused to consider how the elites would feel as the only white person at a black church for a funeral, a circumstance which I have encountered many times in the last 30 years as the people who used to work for my family have died.