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Alleged judge Antonio Scalia claims that the Voting Rights Act is a "racial entitlement." For this isolated, well-paid fool who holds a government job for life, "racial entitlement" means "an undeserved handout from white people."

Well, let's answer this jackass.  Where do racial entitlements to vote come from anyway?  

First, for white people, and especially white men, the "racial entitlement" to vote comes from God (another white man, BTW), or from natural law, or wherever.  

Declaration of Independence
      God gives white men the racial entitlement to vote.

But where does the black man's "racial entitlement" to vote come from?

It comes from the minie ball:

Civil War- Fort Wagner
      Assault on Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863, 1890 lithograph by Kurz and Allison.

It comes from the bayonet:

Recruitment Broadside, 1863
       Recruitment poster, 1863

It comes at the price of massacre by slaveholding racists:
     Fort Pillow Massacre of surrendered black troops, April 12, 1864.

It comes from liberation of a people by themselves:

     March of the 55th Massachusetts Rgt. through Charleston, SC, from Harpers Weekly, 1865.


Politically speaking, is it a good idea for conservatives to attack the Voting Rights Act?

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 06:33:55 AM PST

  •  What's the story behind "March of the 55th"? (2+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril, commonmass looks like the soldiers have their kepis held up on their bayonets and swords....

    At first I thought it was heads, which probably would have been justice, but I figgered they probably wouldn't have been THAT extreme....At least not while still under orders and in control of their officers...

    An additional thought, it warms my heart to see the "Bavaria" of Southern Racists wrecked, while "n------" troops march through brandishing guns and the US flag...

    Few things infuriate me more than the rehabilitated and beautified slave market they've got in Charleston, like they're proud of their nazi-like past.  Germans haven't carefully polished Buchenwald etc and proudly displayed their evil past by calling it "heritage"...

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:00:39 AM PST

  •  the old lithographs (3+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril, commonmass, zenox

    Thanks for posting these, more, please.

  •  Great post! (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Cartoon Peril, thomask

    Thank you. Especially tipped and rec'd for "jackass."

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:26:55 AM PST

  •  Scalia and Roberts (another section 5 antagonist) (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril

    are morally and intellectually bankrupt oligarchs. I don't know about Roberts but Scalia is clearly also a racist, too.

    If you'd like to know more about the sordid racial history of Shelby County, AL, take a peek at this book: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon, Doubleday, NY, NY, 2008.

    There is some deep significance in the fact that it is Shelby County, AL that is bringing this case before the Court. If anyone thinks they're not doing it so they can go back to what Rev. Al Sharpton called yesterday "James Crow Jr., Esq.", they are either asleep or dead.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:32:06 AM PST

  •  In a twisted way, Scalia is actually right. (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Cartoon Peril

    Regardless of their ethnicity, each and every American citizen of voting age without a felony conviction is entitled to cast a vote and have that vote count.

    Voting is, by the strict definition of the word, a "racial entitlement"—something that is owed to each and every citizen of this country, something every citizen has a right to expect and a legitimate grievance if they don't get it.

    But of course, for Scalia and his rabid fans, "racial entitlement" isn't a simple statement of the God-given rights of every citizen; it's dogwhistle code for "uppity [insert ethnic slurs here] who think they have the right to vote even if white people don't want them to."

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:42:01 AM PST

    •  It's an entitlement, absolutely. (1+ / 0-)
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      Cartoon Peril

      But I don't see how one could argue that it is a race-based entitlement, when it is precisely the opposite of that.

      •  Of course not. (1+ / 0-)
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        Cartoon Peril

        But for Scalia's dogwhistle, the word "entitlement" was doing just as much work as the word "racial" in painting the picture...

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:30:26 AM PST

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