Category Archives: Supreme Court

The Roberts Court, the New Tip of an Old Iceberg

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III – “I think it (reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act) is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement…Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political process.” Justice Antonin Scalia Shelby County v. [...]

Voting Rights’ Decision Becomes Rallying Cry for More Diversity on the Federal Bench

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act means African Americans no longer can be casual observers of this country’s legislative process because it will shape public policies for generations to come. “Clearly, as evidenced by the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on the Voting Rights Act (VRA), [...]

Supreme Court ignores new voting rights discrimination

By gutting the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Supreme Court got some of the facts right, but failed to recognize the reality of continuing discrimination against African American voters. What the court got inarguably correct was that times have changed since the signature act of the civil rights era was passed in 1965. In the [...]

The Supreme Court Overstates Racial Progress

There is a common thread in both of the Court’s last two decisions: an appeal to illusory racial progress. In Fisher v. University of Texas Kennedy argues that it may be time to replace race-based affirmative action with another system, “Strict scrutiny imposes on the university the ultimate burden of demonstrating, before turning to racial [...]

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President Calls Supreme Court Ruling in Shelby County v. Holder “Travesty to Justice”

In response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of Black Women’s Roundtable said, “Today’s decision by the U. S. Supreme Court to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is a travesty to justice [...]

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

A deeply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday halted enforcement of the federal government’s most potent tool to stop voting discrimination over the past half century, saying it does not reflect racial progress. In a 5-4 ruling, the court declared unconstitutional a provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act that determines which states and localities must [...]

On Race, Supreme Court Is Out of Touch

In its decision Monday on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas affirmative action program — in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used with a university committed to the educational benefits of a diverse student body — [...]

Justices to rule soon on divisive voting rights case

Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change is afoot in this bedroom community, at least on the surface. But the federal government thinks an underlying threat of discrimination remains [...]