Clarence Thomas and the Voting Rights Act

In Voting Rights Act on July 8, 2009 at 11:53 pm

With the election of President Obama, there are many, of different races, who agree with Justice Clarence Thomas–that indeed, we have moved to a point in our history where we may no longer need a voting rights law in place. Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom say that with the election of President Obama “the myth of racist white voters was destroyed.”

In late June, the Supreme Court upheld the Voting Rights Act, particularly Section 5, and in a not so surprising move to Roland Martin of CNN, Clarence Thomas proved to be “Mr. Reliable.” Said Martin, “Whenever there is a case coming before the Supreme Court that deals with race, I can always count on Mr. Reliable, Justice Clarence Thomas, voted against it.” There are many within the Black community who agree with Martin and criticize Thomas for basically closing doors to affirmative action programs that were once opened to him.


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