I find it amazing that a Supreme Court Justice would infer that Section (5) of the voting rights Act is considered a “racial entitlement.” I do not intend to be cynical or disrespectful to Justice Scalia, but in my opinion he is dead wrong on revealing his biased opinion on this matter that is so important to African Americans and other minorities. Section 5 was implemented because of discriminatory acts committed against African Americans who wanted to exercise the most non-violent act known to mankind. They wanted to vote without unfair legislative and intimidating restrictions placed on them in violation of the United States Constitution.
It is demeaning for individuals especially Supreme Court Justices to conclude that Section 5 of the voting rights act have served its purpose and is no longer needed after witnessing the mood of some States in the North and South during the past election, more specifically, The State of Pennsylvania. One of the Top elected officials was observed on television indicating that the reason for passing picture ID was strictly political and was done to suppress the votes. This issue of picture ID is nothing more than poll taxes and another form of Jim Crowism which was implemented prior to the enactment of the 1965 voting rights act. The voting rights act guarantees that African Americans and other minority’s widespread access to the polls. That reason alone is enough to maintain section 5. I do not trust States that have a history of voter discrimination to do any thing but continue to impede the rights of minorities.
Moreover, in 2006, the voting rights act of 1965 was reauthorized for another 25 years with a vote of 390-33 in the House of Representatives and 98-0 in the United State Senate. This vote was overwhelming in favor of the Voting Rights Act and felt it was necessary by the stunning vote of confidence to maintain section 5.
I ask the ultimate question, does the United States Constitution apply to all Americans or just some. If the Constitution applies to all United States Citizens, then the Supreme Court should not vote to dismantle a process that has worked to prevent some of the past discrimination in regards to voting rights.