Re: 49 years today ..... The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed .
posted at 6/20/2013 6:39 PM EDT
In response to GreginMeffa's comment:
in short it outlawed discriminatory voting practices
But only in a handful of states. That is the issue
You are right. But that was a 1st post about this very important decision coming up.
I do not want a 1st post to be too long with TMI about such a complex legal issue.
I do not know about you, but when I write something, or speak to someone or to a group of people, I try very hard to keep as they say who my audience is for what I am writing or speaking.
That is why I made my reference to SCOTUS.blog. There you can look at this case in as much or as little detail as you are inclined. There is some great commentary in there about why it was constitutional for it to apply to certain states and not to others.
They have it designed for lay people right through to law professors. For free. And politically neutral.
To bring around back to your point. Those illegal voting practives, like requiring people to pay a fee to vote, or pass a test, were not happening all over the country. They were concentrated in certain southern states to depress the vote of people of color.
You need to have "standing" to be heard up the food chain to SCOTUS. Here, in MA, for eg., we did not have such outright outrageous civil rights violations. Thus that help justify the constitutional argument that all states did not have to be treated the same.
Everyone here in the forums has different backgrounds, schooling and work experience. But, the legal system affects everone, as does our political system. Posters like WDYWN, Reuben, myself and any other poster with formal legal training can write and debate fine legal points...I hope.
But this is not a legal forum. So, I try to keep my posts substantive but not so they begin to resemble a dry legal brief, etc.
Hope we are good. I am very happy if one or more posters wants to discuss cases. But, I do not want to be in "broadcast mode". Too long, too much detail, too much legalese for most posters at the first pitch...to use a baseball term....they will skip right over it IMO.