The End of the Voting Rights Act

  • Aired:  06/26/13
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By striking down the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Supreme Court effectively declares an end to racism in America. (3:43)

THAT SPANKING MACHINE.

AND FOLKS, I AM TAKING THE

DECISION ON DOMA EXTRA HARD HERE

BECAUSE I WAS IN SUCH A GOOD

MOOD AFTER YESTERDAY'S GREAT

DECISION.

>> TODAY THE SUPREME COURT

ESSENTIALLY KNOCKED DOWN ONE OF

THE PILLARS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS

MOVEMENT: IT INVALIDATED A KEY

PART OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT,

THE LAW ENACTD IN 1965 TO STOP

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AT THE

POLLS.

>> AT ISSUE WAS A PROVISION IN

THE ACT THAT SINGLED OUT STATES

WITH A HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION

AND VOTING MOSTLY IN THE SOUTH

AND REQUIRED THEM TO GET

PRECLEARANCE, APPROVAL FROM THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEFORE

CHANGING VOTING PROCEDURES.

>> Stephen: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, AS A SON OF THE SOUTH

FROM ONE OF THE STATES COVERED

BY THE PRECLEARANCE PROVISION OF

THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT I WANT TO

THANK THE SUPREME COURT FOR

FINALLY SETTING MY PEOPLE FREE.

IT WAS A 5-4 DECISION WITH CHIEF

JUSTICE ROBERTS JOINED BY

JUSTICES SCALIA, THOMAS, ALITO

AND DEEN.

NOW, EVERYBODY IS BETTER WITH

BUTTER.

NOW, FOLKS, IN HIS DECISION

GUTTING THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT,

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS SAGELY

NOTED SOMETHING MANY OF US HAD

APPARENTLY MISSED ABOUT

DISCRIMINATION SAYING, QUOTE,

NEARLY FIST YEARS LATER THINGS

HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.

TRUE.

FOR INSTANCE, THERE USED TO BE A

VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

BUT WE DON'T NEED IT NOW BECAUSE

APPARENTLY RACISM IS OVER.

NOW I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT AND

NO ONE CAN CALL IT RACIST.

HIT IT, JIMMY.

OLD MAN RIBBER, DAT OLD MAN

RIBBER ♪♪

♪ HE MUST KNOW SUMTIN', BUT

DON'T SAY NOTTIN ' ♪♪

>> Stephen: TECHNICAL

DIFFICULTIES?

JIMMY, CAN WE GET AN ASIAN ON

THAT, PLEASE.

OF COURSE, FOLKS, NOT EVERYONE

IS READY TO EMBRACE JOHN ROBERTS

THE POST RACIAL UTOPIA LIKE MEAN

OLD LADY GINSBURG WHO WROTE IN

HER HISSY FIT THROWING OUT

PRECLEARANCE WHEN IT HAS WORKED

AND IS CONTINUING TO WORK TO

STOP DISCRIMINATORY CHANGES IS

LIKE THROWING AWAY YOUR UMBRELLA

IN A RAINSTORM BECAUSE YOU ARE

NOT GETTING WET.

OH, DON'T BE SUCH AN ALARMIST.

( APPLAUSE )

DON'T BE SUCH AS AN ALARMIST.

I'M SURE IT WILL BE YEARS BEFORE

MISSISSIPPI TAKES THE VOTE AWAY

FROM DAMP PEOPLE.

NOW, THANKFULLY, NOT EVERYONE IS

STUCK IN THE PAST LIKE GEORGIA

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL, WHO

CELEBRATED THE RULING SAYING,

"OVER THE LAST HALF CENTURY

GEORGIA HAS REFORMED AND OUR

STATE IS IS A PROUD SYMBOL OF

PROGRESS."

YES, GEORGIA IS A TRUE SYMBOL OF

RACIAL PROGRESS.

AFTER ALL, GEORGIA HASN'T HAD

THIS FLAG SINCE 2003.

SO WHAT DO THESE CASES HAVE IN

COMMON?

GRAB A PENCIL, FOLKS BECAUSE

HERE IT COMES.

IN DOMA AND THE VOTING RIGHTS

ACT CASES, IT WAS ABOUT STATES'

RIGHTS, NOT THE PEOPLE IN THOSE

STATES.

THAT'S WHY THE FIRST WORDS OF

THE CONSTITUTION ARE "WE THE

STATES."

I THINK IT'S REALLY HARD TO READ

THOSE GAY LETTERS.

WE'LL BE BACK WITH EMILY

BAZELON.