But the issue is bigger than this major high court decision and goes to the heart of the status, or non-status of Black people in this country. From the start we were never counted as human beings fully and only counted to the degree, three-fifths of a person, that our presence would benefit our slavemasters. The original framers of the Constitution included nothing that afforded us rights because as property, and a potentially “troublesome species of property,” we had no rights.
But with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution came outlawing of slavery and involuntary servitude “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States.” The 13th Amendment was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865. It was a first step to bring Blacks into American society. Read more...
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which determines what states and jurisdictions are covered by Section 5, is invalid after less than 50 years of protecting African Americans and people of color. The currently covered areas are places that historically have disenfranchised people of color, or those for whom English is their second language. But Chief Justice John Roberts has ruled that the formula, which was last updated in the late 1960s-early 1970s, must be updated by Congress so that it covers areas that violate voting rights today. Chief Roberts, who’s had a beef with the Voting Rights Act since the early 1980s, wrote in the majority opinion:High Court Voids Key Part of Voting Rights Act - ABC News
“In assessing the ‘current need’ for a preclearance system treating States differently from one another today, history since 1965 cannot be ignored. The Fifteenth Amendment is not designed to punish for the past; its purpose is to ensure a better future. To serve that purpose, Congress—if it is to divide the States—must identify those jurisdictions to be singled out on a basis that makes sense in light of current conditions. … Congress did not use that record to fashion a coverage formula grounded in current conditions. It instead re-enacted a formula based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relation to the present day.”