Category Archives: Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Limits on Race in Gerrymandering

When Alabama Republicans moved thousands of black voters into new legislative districts, did they do so because of the way blacks vote or because of their race itself? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide. The Court on Wednesday will hear oral arguments in cases brought by Democrats and black legislators […]

How Supreme Court could scuttle critical Fair Housing rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will take up a key enforcement tool used to address systemic discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. This is the third time in recent years that the Court has decided to hear a case centered on the so-called disparate impact theory, which allows plaintiffs to prove discrimination […]

Supreme Court orders cuts to early voting in Ohio

By a vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered that Ohio’s controversial cuts to early voting can go into effect. The ruling comes just 16 hours before early voting was scheduled to start in the Buckeye State. The court’s five conservative justices—Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy—voted to let the cuts go forward. […]

Court to weigh use of race in drawing political lines

Democrat Quinton Ross has represented a pretty safe district in the Alabama state Senate since 2002, when 72% of its voting-age population was black. In his last two elections, he ran unopposed. When it came time to redraw the state’s political lines in 2012, however, Republicans who had won control of the state Legislature made […]

High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama. The high court’s first case involving the Constitution’s recess appointments clause ended in a unanimous decision holding that Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations […]

How Supreme Court rulings encourage racial discrimination

Recent events have driven home two stark truths: racism continues to percolate throughout our society and conservative Supreme Court justices appear determined to prevent us from doing anything about it. The odious racism of outlaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is painfully juxtaposed with the Supreme Court’s decision in […]

Clarence Thomas’ Self-Inflicted Amnesia

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is at it again. Whenever he opens his mouth about race, he displays a surprising myopia for a 65-year-old African American man who was raised in the Deep South during a segregated era. During his confirmation hearing, Thomas excoriated his own family, speaking of his sister as someone (and I […]