Sen. Bernie Sanders bluntly blasted the Supreme Court for taking the country back to Jim Crow era voting rights.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said, “The Supreme Court has turned back the clock on equality in America by striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The landmark civil rights law that Congress passed almost five decades ago, and reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support only seven years ago, has been an important tool to protect voters in places with a history of discrimination. The law is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. We must act immediately to rewrite this vital law.”
Sen. Sanders bluntly put it out there. This decision literally undoes all the voting rights progress that has occurred since the Jim Crow era. It can’t be understated how destructive the ruling was today. Sanders is right. We can’t afford to waste time, but unfortunately, all this Congress has shown an aptitude for is wasting time.
The activist conservative Supreme Court majority tossed Sec. 4 of the Voting Rights Act back to Congress because they knew that it would get swallowed into the black hole of Republican obstruction. The clock has been turned back on voting rights. An era that we thought was dead and gone has been restored, and it will require the leadership of people like Bernie Sanders to put our nation back on the path to progress.