Inalienable civil rights might actually still be a concept, if Attorney General Holder has anything to do with it. In the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder I was not convinced.
If you aren’t familiar with the case, this major decision essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act, rendering section 5 unconstitutional. What this unfortunate decision ultimately did was disallow mandatory Department of Justice approval before states (with a history of discrimination) could alter their voting laws. Simply put, in several southern states, people of color and other marginal groups will now be confronted with overt voting discrimination similar to that seen in the mid 1900’s.
But the fight is not over yet, people. Justice, for once, might actually prevail. Just this morning the Obama administration announced “an aggressive end-run around” attempt to hopefully restore the essential section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Attorney General Holder will lead this honorable campaign, highlighting the need for state preclearance processes in states like Texas. Speaking at the National Urban League conference, Holder continued, stating “We cannot allow the slow unraveling of the process that so many, throughout history, have sacrificed so much so achieved!” And to that I say, Amen.