- The Progressive Pulse - http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org -

Overcoming American racism: We ain’t there yet

Posted By Rob Schofield On November 14, 2012 @ 10:20 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

A couple of powerful stories at The Nation deserve your attention this morning.

In the first [1], Rick Perlstein examines a 1981 recorded interview with the late Lee Atwater (now released publicly for the first time as part of the article) in which the old conservative henchman for the Reagan-Bush administrations explained the evolution of white southern racism in some rather disturbing terms. The conclusion: Atwater’s clumsy and offensive attempts to deny the persistence of racism only confirmed its still-powerful grip on white southerners.

In the second [2], Ari Berman explains the folly of the Supreme Court’s current flirtation (explained here [3] by Sharon McCloskey earlier this morning) with doing away with section 5 of the Voting Rights Act — a law reauthorized by Congress by overwhelming margins just six years ago.  To quote:

“Indeed, only a Supreme Court wholly divorced from reality would review the record on voting rights since Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in 2006 and conclude that a key pillar of the law was no longer needed.”

 


Article printed from The Progressive Pulse: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org

URL to article: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2012/11/14/overcoming-american-racism-we-aint-there-yet/

URLs in this post:

[1] In the first: http://www.thenation.com/article/170841/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy?rel=emailNation

[2] In the second: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171199/why-we-still-need-section-5-voting-rights-act

[3] here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2012/11/13/u-s-supreme-court-says-no-to-n-c-voting-rights-act-challenge/

Copyright © 2013 The Progressive Pulse. All rights reserved.