Attention Supreme Court

Section 5’s protection is “jurisdiction specific,” not “victim-specific.” Section 5 treats certain minorities as special wards of the federal government — political children — based not on their present or even past circumstances, but on their residence. An upper-class, Ivy League educated African American born in New Hampshire, who as an adult moves to an affluent Virginia suburb, is entitled to have DOJ protect him against the mere possibility his vote might be diluted. But the sharecropper grandson of a slave who moved from rural Mississippi to Illinois in the 1960s has to fend for himself if he becomes the victim of actual discrimination.

Section 5 treats the acts of a legislative body in a covered jurisdiction with suspicion, regardless of the body’s racial make-up. When a racially diverse city council in South Carolina, elected with full minority participation, redraws its election districts in 2011, the new districts will be “suspect” until the city convinces DOJ otherwise. Election districts redrawn for any reason by an all-white legislative body in Michigan are deemed valid until a challenger proves otherwise in court.

via The American Spectator : Attention Supreme Court.

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