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On Wednesday during Supreme Court oral arguments, Toadish Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the Voting Rights Act--which outlawed discriminatory voting practices--as a "racial entitlement," suggesting that our nation no longer has a need to protect minority voting rights and that it is renewed only to win political points:
"I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any senator to vote against continuation of this act. They are going to lose votes if they do not re-enact the Voting Rights Act. Even the name of it is wonderful — the Voting Rights Act. Who is going to vote against that in the future?
Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes."
Touré said Scalia's comments were "completely racist" and wondered how it was possible to believe after clear cases of voter suppression in 2012 that the Voting Rights Act was no longer necessary:
"And protecting them is an entitlement?...So, you’re giving us the right to vote, as if we were the takers in this game of makers and takers? That whole language is completely racist. And, this idea that, 'White people work hard and then they give their money to lazy black people.'"
On Thursday's Daily Show With Jon Stewart, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow theorized that Scalia was being deliberately provocative:
"Oh, actually, he’s a troll...He’s saying this for effect. He knows it’s offensive and he knows it’s going to get a gasp from the courtroom, and he loves it. He’s like the guy on your blog comment thread using the n-word."
Maddow noted the irony of Scalia and fellow conservative justices ripping the Voting Rights Act at the same time a statue of Rosa Parks was being introduced at the Capitol Building just down the street.