ThomasJefferson 1500 crop

guilty guilty guilty but of what?

SECTION 4 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 sub­jected the voting laws in ju­ris­dic­tions with a his­tory of dis­crim­i­na­tion to Jus­tice De­part­ment scrutiny. This act was a pos­i­tive part of the Johnson legacy that is too often for­gotten be­cause of Viet Nam. Al­most im­me­di­ately fol­lowing this de­ci­sion, sev­eral states—mostly Southern, mostly al­ready noted for racism—moved to begin al­tering ex­isting laws so that they would make voting more dif­fi­cult for people who don’t vote a cer­tain way. [Continue reading]