Henninger: Is the South Still Racist?

Henninger: Is the South Still Racist?

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Henninger: Is the South Still Racist? A Supreme Court case reveals the divide between liberals and conservatives in the U.S.

by Daniel Henninger

At times even a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court finds it useful, as the saying goes, to put the hay down where the goats can get it. And so it was last week in oral arguments over a big voting-rights case.

At issue in Shelby County v. Holder was whether some states in the American South, unlike many states in the North, must still submit any change in voting practices to the Justice Department for approval, as required by one section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted, the practical enforcement of this provision is mainly directed at Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

After listening to his liberal colleagues argue that Alabama's election practices, as interpreted by various legal formulas four decades after the law's passage, still discriminate against blacks, Chief Justice John Roberts put the hay down in front of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Chief Justice Roberts: General, is it the government's submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?

General Verrilli: It is not, and I do not know the answer to that, Your Honor....

Chief Justice Roberts: Well, once you said it is not, and you don't know the answer to it?

General Verrilli: Iit's not our submission. As an objective matter, I don't know the answer to that question.

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Henninger: Is the South Still Racist? A Supreme Court case reveals the divide between liberals and conservatives in the U.S.
by Daniel Henninger
At times even a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court finds it useful, as the saying goes, to put the hay down where the goats can get it. And so it was last week in oral arguments over a big voting-rights case.
At issue in Shelby County v. Holder was whether some states in the American South, unlike many states in the North, must still submit any change in voting practices to the Justice Department for approval, as required by one section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted, the practical enforcement of this provision is mainly directed at Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
After listening to his liberal colleagues argue that Alabama's election practices, as interpreted by various legal formulas four decades after the law's passage, still discriminate against blacks, Chief Justice John Roberts put the hay down in front of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.
Chief Justice Roberts: General, is it the government's submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?
General Verrilli: It is not, and I do not know the answer to that, Your Honor....
Chief Justice Roberts: Well, once you said it is not, and you don't know the answer to it?
General Verrilli: Iit's not our submission. As an objective matter, I don't know the answer to that question.
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Given that of the Southern states, only Kentucky has a government that can be called "left-wing", they will still be considered racist until the same policies of California are enacted.

In other words, the South is still racist, until whites are the oppressed minority.

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