WTVM 7/1/13 Editorial: Voting Rights Act struck down by Supreme Court

(WTVM) - Can we now trust everyone to do the right thing?

Can we just lift regulations because incidents of crime have gone down?

Has racism really gone away in the South?

The Supreme Court recently struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the provision of the landmark civil rights law that designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court.

The Supreme Court had repeatedly upheld the law in earlier decisions, saying that the preclearance requirement was an effective tool to combat the legacy of lawless conduct by southern officials bent on denying rights to blacks.

Having grown up in that "lawless South," I am not yet confident everyone will do the right thing and continue to assure that all citizens have equality in our society.

Our track record is not good, and I am skeptical.

I do hope that my skepticism is unfounded and I hope we don't now see an endless stream of court cases attempting to undo laws folks now feel empowered to create, that will be prejudicial to any segment of our society.

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