Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments during Wednesday’s hearing on voting rights set off a firestorm of hateful and angry criticism from those on the left, including filmmaker Michael Moore and the Reverend Al Sharpton.
“Shelby County, Ala. is challenging Congress’s authority to reauthorize a key provision of LBJ’s 1965 Voting Rights Act for 25 years,” Michael Dorstewitz from BizPac Review wrote yesterday. “Section 5 of the act requires Department of Justice approval before certain states or counties within states make any changes to their voting laws.”
Scalia referred to the Act as a “racial entitlement,” and is now being called a racist. Twitchy posted the transcript of Scalia’s remarks. In part, Scalia said:
This Court doesn’t like to get involved in racial questions such as this one. It’s something that can be left — left to Congress. The problem here, however, is suggested by the comment I made earlier, that the initial enactment of this legislation in a time when the need for it was so much more abundantly clear was — in the Senate, there — it was double-digits against it. And that was only a 5-year term. Then, it is reenacted 5 years later, again for a 5-year term. Double-digits against it in the Senate. Then it was reenacted for 7 years. Single digits against it. Then enacted for 25 years, 8 Senate votes against it. And this last enactment, not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same.
Now, I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes. I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any Senator to vote against continuation of this act. And I am fairly confident it will be reenacted in perpetuity unless — unless a court can say it does not comport with the Constitution. You have to show, when you are treating different States differently, that there’s a good reason for it. That’s the concern that those of us who have some questions about this statute have. It’s a concern that this is not the kind of a question you can leave to Congress. There are certain districts in the House that are black districts by law just about now. And even the Virginia Senators, they have no interest in voting against this. The State government is not their government, and they are going to lose — they are going to lose votes if they do not reenact the Voting Rights Act.
Michael Moore tweeted a KKK reference Wednesday night:
@MMFlint Memo to Tarantino prop dept: Please send one of those poorly sewn hoods from Django to Justice Scalia. Make sure it matches his robes.
Twitchy posted other hateful tweets against Scalia:
@Jpwilson1984 Whenever Scalia happens to drop dead, the party will be at my house. Everyone invited.
@ryanjreilly “The friggin’ right to vote now’s an entitlement, like Medicaid or food stamps.” — Chris Matthews, paraphrasing Scalia
@mayagurantz Does anyone else here stay up nights hoping Scalia drops dead?
MSNBC reported that Al Sharpton and Rep. John Lewis attended the hearing Wednesday.
According to MSNBC, Sharpton found Scalia’s comments “shocking:” ““How is that an entitlement?” Sharpton asked. “I thought African-Americans were citizens! For us to have the right to vote protected is some kind of entitlement program?”
Lewis, who participated in civil rights protests, told MSNBC in an interview:
It is an affront to all of what the civil rights movement stood for, what people died for, what people bled for, and those of us who marched across that bridge 48 years ago, we didn’t march for some racial entitlement. We wanted to open up the political process, and let all of the people come in, and it didn’t matter whether they were black or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American.
Multiple sources reported that the Court would probably vote down the Section 5 reauthorization.