As Neo-Nazis and sundry racist organizations march in Charlottesville, Virginia, emboldened last night by the silence and false equivocation of a president they helped elect into office, we must confront the reality of what this means for our country: that our racist past never left us. Here are six things to consider when these rallies continue and anyone insists that racism in America is a thing of the past.
We should consider the tone-deaf response to racism by our Supreme Court in the Shelby County v. Holder decision. In that case, the court dismissed the history of racism in our country by saying that policies in place designed to address the many voting rights violations across the country, specifically Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, were a punishment for the past and struck them down or gutted them, failing to take into account the many developments since the act was passed.(NBC News)