According to the 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, no U.S. Citizen will be stopped from voting “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was passed to stop discriminatory practices that the 15th Amendment was ratified to outlaw. Last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that the VRA was simply a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”
As I wrote last year, voter suppression could have barred 10 million Latinos from voting. The VRA helps determine how public officials such as members of Congress and the President of the United States will be elected. Wouldn’t you have wanted to witness such an absurd statement made by one of our nation’s highest jurists on television?