Today, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia claimed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represents the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” The Supreme Court today heard arguments for and against striking down sections of the Voting Rights Act, and seemed ready to gut the law originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson and reaffirmed by Congress for decades since.
“After the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News observed, ‘I think it’s safe to say there are five votes to strike down either one or both parts of the Voting Rights Act,’” the Huffington Post reported:
Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represented the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” saying that lawmakers had only voted to renew the act in 2006 because there wasn’t anything to be gained politically from voting against it.
“Even the name of it is wonderful, the Voting Rights Act. Who’s going to vote against that?” Scalia wondered during oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder. He said that the Voting Rights Act had effectively created “black districts by law.”
Here, a transcript of today’s oral arguments:
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