Tonawanda News — Black districts will be sliced and diced to dilute traditionally Democratic strongholds that elect black lawmakers at the state and federal level. Polling places will be moved to more inconvenient locations, putting inner city transportation barriers in play. And if black voters overcome those obstacles they’ll need to prove they’re eligible to vote with identification many do not possess or even know they need in order to cast a ballot.
The end result is almost assuredly fewer black people voting.
Roberts is right when he notes “Times have changed.” There are no more poll taxes or Jim Crow laws to prevent blacks in the South from casting a ballot.
That doesn’t change a plain fact: It is willfully naive for the court’s conservative bloc to suggest there is not still a concerted effort in Southern states to target minorities and limit their participation in — and control over — our political process.
Given these two historic cases were resolved in the same week, I guess you’d have to call it a split decision.
Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.