Voting rights: We’re not there yet

The following is a copy of a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts:

I am extremely upset at the recent Supreme Court decision on voting rights. It assumes that there is no more discrimination. Granted, the situation has improved from the 1960s, but clearly, the 2012 election showed that there were continuing problems with gerrymandering and other ways of affecting fair voting.

You said yourself that the problems are not solved, so I don’t understand undermining the Voting Rights Act. Someday it might not be needed, when the color of one’s skin won’t matter, but the recent election showed that we are not there yet. I am stunned and stupefied and profoundly saddened by the Supreme Court action.

This may be the worst decision after the Citizens United Act, which opened the door to big money influencing politics, seriously threatening the heart of democracy. It seems that every decision the Supreme Court makes is in favor of power and money rather than the average citizen.

In sum, you are not my Supreme Court; you are the court for the powerful and moneyed interests, and I urge you to examine in your heart the role of the Supreme Court in our democracy. The power of the law, one of the great strengths of the United States, rests in the faith of the people, and that faith is rapidly being undermined.

Laurie Friedman


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