HOT BLAST: Beason's 'aborigines' remark finds its way into Supreme Court dissent
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Ryan P. Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, talks outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Ryan P. Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, talks outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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It was bound to happen in a Supreme Court challenge to the Voting Rights Act brought by Alabama's Shelby County. Alabama and its politics were under the spotlight.

The AP reports: "The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.

"The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society."



In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referenced an infamous incident involving state Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale


Ginsburg writes: "Recording devices worn by state legislators cooperating with the FBI’s investigation captured conversations between members of the state legislature and their political allies. The recorded conver­sations are shocking. Members of the state Senate deri­sively refer to African-Americans as 'Aborigines' and talk openly of their aim to quash a particular gambling-related referendum because the referendum, if placed on the ballot, might increase African-American voter turnout. ... These conversations oc­curred not in the 1870’s, or even in the 1960’s, they took place in 2010." (Emphasis ours.)

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