The Voting Rights Act is Political Segregation
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Jason Cabel Roe, FlashReport
Few would argue the importance of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), legislation passed by Republicans in Congress, though signed by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson. The Act applied a nationwide prohibition against the denial or abridgement of the right to vote through among other things intimidation, suppression, literacy tests and poll taxes.
However, the Act also requires minority congressional and legislative districts be drawn with at least 50% minority voting age population in certain jurisdictions, and has contributed to the fracture between Republicans and ...