During oral arguments concerning Shelby County v. Holder, a case that asks whether the several states and lesser jurisdictions must, in accordance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, continue to submit their voting plans to Federal supervision and prior permission, came these shocking remarks:
Justice [Elena] Kagan: “Under any formula that Congress could devise, it would capture Alabama.”
Never mind that under any other formula that Congress could devise, it would not notice Alabama at all. Formulae of this sort find what their developer want found—it’s the purpose of the formulae. Kagan knows this.
Justice [Sonya] Sotomayor: “It’s a real record as to what Alabama has done to earn its place on the list.”
True enough. It’s also a real record as to what Alabama has done to earn it way off the list. Sotomayor knows this.
Justice [Stephen] Breyer: “Imagine a state has a plant disease, and in 1965 you can recognize the presence of that disease. … Now it’s evolved. … But we know one thing: The disease is still there in the state.”
Once a racist, always a racist. Because we know.
These liberal…Justices…need to look in a mirror.