WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2013:Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder:

The Voting Rights Act protects a fundamental right, not, as Justice Scalia infamously suggested, a “racial entitlement.”  Attempts to suppress the vote were common during the 2012 presidential election, and they continue to this day.  Now that a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court has effectively removed the keystone from the arch of protection for people of color, the nation must redouble its efforts to protect the rights of all Americans.

Today, by overturning a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act, five justices betrayed the principles of justice and fairness embodied in this law for half a century—and showed a callous disregard for the realities still faced by people of color.  Congress must now act without delay to restore the power of the Voting Rights Act to serve as a bulwark against persistent discrimination.

Key aspects of this case are discussed, with excerpts from the oral arguments on our Justice Watch blog.

» Read more about the Voting Rights Act

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