Melissa Harris-Perry: Voting Is Not a Racial Entitlement

Melissa Harris-Perry wrote an insightful letter to Antonin Scalia in response to his comment that voting is a racial entitlement. Seriously, read the whole thing, but a couple highlights:

Commenting on Congress’s nearly unanimous re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act in 2006, you said, “I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

You went on to say, “I am fairly confident it will be re-enacted in perpetuity…unless a court can say it does not comport with the Constitution…It’s a concern that this is not the kind of a question you can leave to Congress.”

Racial entitlement? Not a question you can leave to Congress? Even for you, Justice Scalia, this is a particularly willful misreading of the Constitution you claim to adore.[snip]

Contrary to what you are suggesting, the Voting Rights Act was no gift given by the government to black people. Its primary purpose was to enforce a right that was already enshrined in the Constitution but had been repeatedly flouted by Southern governments.

  1. #1 by Cliff on March 4, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    In addition to the Constitutional problems with Scalia’s statements, let us not forget the more obvious fact that Scalia is “all-in” for the White Race. Its an Italian immigrant thing.

  2. #2 by brewski on March 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    “Its an Italian immigrant thing.”
    Good job accusing someone of prejudice by displaying your own prejudice.
    I hope you were being ironic.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on March 4, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    This is still the funniest skit I ever saw on SNL:

  4. #4 by brewski on March 4, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    This one is the best:

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