POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Battles Lost & Won
A good week for gay Americans, and a not-so-good one for Voting Rights.
Published: July 2, 2013
To my surprise, Roberts wrote that “voting discrimination still exists; nobody doubts that.” He went on to say that the intent of the law is still valid. But he found it unconstitutional because it is based on data and assumptions a half-century old.
Some of the act is indeed outdated. The world is indeed different. And, with the exception of Clarence Thomas, the justices in the majority invited Congress to write and pass a new Voting Rights Act.
Some think this was a cynical and insincere ploy; earlier in the week I felt this might be next to impossible, given the strident ideological nature of the Republicans — who control the House. But I may have spoken too soon.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) apparently was moved by a trip he took with his sainted fellow congressman, John Lewis (D-Ga.), whose skull was fractured fighting for civil rights. Cantor now supports fixing the Voting Rights Act.
So, instead of moaning, all of us who agree should be lobbying Congress to do just that. Sure, that might be hard. But not nearly as hard as what Viola Liuzzo or Medgar Evers did.
Charles Pugh and Me
I have never run for office, am not running for office and can’t imagine running for office.
However, in the interest of full disclosure, I want to reveal that I was giving a teenage boy an expensive present right when Pugh was getting into trouble for doing so. In my case, it was my godson, who is turning 16. The present was my 2000 Volkswagen no-longer-very-new Beetle.
The difference is that I told his mom I was going to do this several years ago, if the kid behaved himself and did well in school.
Telling the mom makes all the difference, Charles; and showing up for work too. Now, please, I’d like to ask the media to let me try to find some peace.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.
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