Monday, July 1, 2013

MSNBC's Michael Eric Dyson on Clarence Thomas: A ‘Symbolic Jew’ Collaborating With Hitler

Unconscionable racism and defamation of character runs rampant on the left in the wake of the Voting Rights Act decision on Tuesday. Though the decision was cast by a majority of the Supreme Court justices, the wrath of the left has largely been directed at Justice Clarence Thomas, a black justice who has earned the ire of liberals for decades for having the audacity to break the presuppositions of the left that to be black is to be dogmatically liberal. 

In a segment on MSNBC's Martin Bashir, Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson rehashed the issues of the Civil War and lobbed outrageous rhetoric at Justice Thomas saying, "A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people."

What Mr. Dyson is saying is that non-white Supreme Court Justices must be more loyal to a prescribed political agenda shared by members of their own ethnicity than to ones interpretation and reading of the law.

Background on the Case

Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Section 5, which requires covered states and local governments to obtain federal preclearance from the United States Department of Justice before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices; and Section 4(b), which contains the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subjected to preclearance based on their histories of racial discrimination in voting.

On June 25, 2013, the Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that Section 4(b) is unconstitutional because the coverage formula is based on voting data over 40 years old. Thus, the coverage formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. The Court did not strike down Section 5, but without Section 4(b), no jurisdiction will be subject to preclearance unless and until Congress enacts a new statute determining which jurisdictions should be covered based on updated voting data

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