The Voting Rights Act and the Scowl

Justices Sotomayor and Scalia

Justices Sotomayor and Scalia

The Voting Rights Act for which so many of us fought is at risk in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yesterday Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Justices who will decide on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” His statement shocked the court and those in the courtroom.

Justice Scalia showed visible contempt for President Obama sitting behind the President at the Second Inauguration. He never looked up. He sat there like the Man…in his Doctor of Jurisprudence graduation hat…with a scowl on his face. His Jesuit professors are pulling their hair out.

6 thoughts on “The Voting Rights Act and the Scowl

  1. This Justice by far sound like a racist. His views are along the lines of Justice Roberts who for years has faught against the the Votings Rights Act. Even more so when he worked under President Reagan. I will never understand how a Justice who has faught so hard against the act is now is one of the deciding person’s in a case of it. Only in America. The land of plenty. Guilty until proven innocent. Didn’t The Supreme Court just see what happen in the most recent United States Presidental election. Hell, if it wasn’t for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. thousands of African-Americans would have not been able to vote in the 2012 election. Members of the court know what is going on in those states covered by the Section 5. As they try to block the black vote. If they can’t win the vote fairly they have no problem stealing it.


    • This court is not blind. The Justices see. All of them look at the same data. They see it differently – so differently that they seem to see different data. The fact that some northern states’ shenanigans are as egregious as Mississippi and Alabama’s in no way gives reason to gut Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. I agree. We fought too hard for a level playing field beyond racism. The scowl on the faces of Justice Scalia at the Inauguration spoke volumes. But the greater tragedy is that Justice Thomas wore the same scowl – and Justice Thomas has yet to speak a word from the bench of the otherwise all white court.


  2. Excellent post. It seems that Justice Scalia’s attitude is very typical of the attitude of a great majority of his generation, although we would have expected more professionalism from someone in his position. I don’t know about you, but I see this in kind of thing within my own family, and it absolutely shocks me. The issues and troubles this country has had since the days of Reagan, have been totally erased from their minds and have been placed squarely on the shoulders of President Obama. Justices like Antonin Scalia are dangerous for the future and progress of our country and severely out of touch with the world around them. Thanks again for the great post.


    • Justice Scalia is typical, it seems to me, of a certain stripe within his generation, that believes the history does not apply to them. The Neocons seriously believed that could think and act their way out of historical necessity and cycles – that America would be the first empire NOT to fall. He is brash and brazen in his speech and arrogant in demeanor. That the failures of the last 30 years of privatization and deregulation are laid at Obama’s doorstep says nothing about the President, as you say. There is a deep white supremacist demon still living the entrails of this culture and it showed up in the Supreme Court yesterday as a combination of intentional ignorance, arrogance, and aggression. Thanks for the comment, Blackandwhite.


  3. I have signed a message to the Justices voicing my concern. Don’t know if they get such messages or not. As the old Gospel song proclaims “We’ve come too far to turn back.”


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