It’s a foregone conclusion that Justice Scalia and these damn Republicans who are so hell bent on seeing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 declared unconstitutional have never seen the lynching fields of the Old South or if they have it is obvious that . . . By Eric Smith

It’s a foregone conclusion that Justice Scalia and these damn Republicans who are so hell bent on seeing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 declared unconstitutional have never seen the lynching fields of the Old South or if they have it is obvious that they have not absorbed the gravity of seeing trees where men, women, and children were hung, sexually mutilated, and burned to a crisp because they dared to fight to secure that basic right which Justice Scalia calls a "racial entitlement"; that right being the right to vote.

I have seen those fields. I have seen them in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi so if anyone wonders why I so hate all things Republicans these days it is because I don’t regard anything that people thought of as being so important that they willingly paid to acquire it with their lives as being anything close to an entitlement. Unlike whites here in America, we African Americans have had to pay for our right to vote in this country with our blood & our lives even though this right to vote has always been just as much our right as it has been the right of anyone else.

Why? Not because our skin is dark but because we are human beings who were born in America and thus equally entitled to equal rights. If there are any beneficiaries of entitlements it is the very people who have never had to do a damn thing to fully enjoy their rights simply because they were born white in this country. There has never been any question about the right of white people in general and white men in particular having the right to vote. None!

So where the hell do these racist white Republican knuckleheads (and make no mistake this is solely a Republican thing now for no Democrats are calling for people to lose their right to vote) get off telling us people of color that our enjoyment of that right to vote which is ours by birth and by our having been born as citizens of these United States is a racial entitlement? I mean, what did people like Justice Scalia ever do to earn his right to vote in this country other than having been born with white skin?

It is bad enough that we African Americans should have had to fight for these rights which were ours in the first place but we’l be damned if we owe anyone an explanation as to why we continue to agitate for these rights. We agitate because we know that if we do not agitate we will quickly lose that which we and our forebears have already won; victories won with their blood and their lives.

We African Americans will determine when our rights have been forever secured; not those who have denied us our rights in the past, who are seeking to deny them now, and who have made it abundantly clear that they will continue to endeavor to deny them for the foreseeable future. This is our call to make for it is our rights that are under constant threat of being taken away and therefore we will not rest and we will not cease to agitate to secure our rights until we decide that the time is right to do so and that will be a time of our choosing and our choosing alone.

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After 50 Years, the Voting Rights Act’s Biggest Threat: The Supreme Court

Response: Today! February 27, 2013.

At 10 a.m. next Wednesday, the justices of the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case styled Shelby County v. Holder, one of the most anticipated of the current Term. Agreeing to review an argument made by an Alabama county that it ought finally to be free from one of the key requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the justices will have an opportunity both to lead and to follow the nation as it roils anew in political and legal battle over the rights of the poor, the ill, the young, the car-less, the black, the Hispanic, and the Native American to vote.

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