The decision by this Supreme Court to strike down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is a sad day for America. Having lived in Alabama the first 37 years of my life and having been actively engaged in the ’50s and ’60s in the struggle to obtain the right to vote for the African Americans of the South, I am personally offended and outraged by this radical Supreme Court decision to so casually open the door for the South as well as other regions to return to a former day of discrimination.
Anyone who thinks that this will not result in a new wave of racism and discrimination simply does not know nor understand the South and the history of the South and the determination of the South. Put the recent exposure of Paula Deen’s racial remarks into the picture and you have a past that is still too present.
The deaths in 1965 of Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion, James Reeb in Selma, Viola Louisa on Highway U.S. 80 between Selma and Montgomery have been betrayed by the court. The deaths of the three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 who were trying to help African Americans get registered to vote were desecrated today.
A new battle for justice and equality must begin. The Supreme Court’s decision must not be allowed to stand. We all must insist on Congress to take action to restore Section 5 and protect the right of African Americans to vote.