Supreme Court — Racially-Motivated Gerrymandering is A-OK

 

795C3892-5DAE-4CD7-891E-E1F0D7FA98AFIn a 5-4, party-lines decision, The Supreme Court of the United States voted to approve racially-motivated gerrymandering, which is surprising because, in the past, SCOTUS has held that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) outlaws gerrymandering when it dilutes the votes of minority citizens.

The VRA was meant to enforce the 15th Amendment’s bar on racial voter suppression by blocking state voting laws suspected of racial discrimination. Section 2 forbids any “standard, practice, or procedure” that “results in the denial or abridgement” of the right to vote “on account of race or color.” But that is exactly what gerrymandering is intended to do.

In Abbott v. Perez, Trump’s only (so far) SCOTUS appointee, Neil Gorsuch — along with the Court’s conservative majority — has position himself as a fierce opponent of the Voting Rights Act. Gorsuch held that Texas’ maps for its congressional seats and statehouse districts do not prohibit racial gerrymandering, even though those who drew those voting district lines have privately confessed that that was their intent.

How in the hell will the United States ever recover from this kind of partisan bullshit? How can these Supreme Court justices, who allegedly possess such brilliant legal and constitutional minds, be so fucking dense?

9 thoughts on “Supreme Court — Racially-Motivated Gerrymandering is A-OK

  1. Marilyn Armstrong June 25, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    And I was having a pretty good day until i read this. It’s just going to be horrible until it gets better.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango June 25, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      IF it gets better. I’m becoming more pessimistic with each passing day.

      Like

  2. Suze June 25, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    it’s probably time for the second war between the states………..OR, we could possibly have all the trumpettes rounded up and sent to a southern or midwestern state..preferably one no one wants to live in and start all over again. sheesh

    Liked by 1 person

    • unexpectedincommonhours June 25, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Oh please don’t send any more of them down here to the South. I couldn’t stand it. There are a few of us anti-Trump/ #TheResistance folks down here.

      Liked by 1 person

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