Monday, August 03, 2015

Recommended Reading

Over the last few years, at the urging of conservative activists and with the acquiescence of legislatures and the high court, we've seen the chip-chip-chipping away of many of the achievements that were codified by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While the law had been reauthorized numerous times since its initial passage, its existence has always been something of a bugaboo for folks who oppose it on ideological grounds, and the rapid fire successes these opponents have accumulated in recent years is not only eye-opening, it's also deeply disheartening. Jim Rutenberg at New York Times Magazine has a lengthy piece looking at the five-decade fight to overturn the Voting Rights Act.

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