Furious at what they said was a remarkable failure by the US Supreme Court to carry out its judicial mandate, black leaders stood on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday afternoon to vow they would continue their fight for minority voting rights.
“It’s very disingenuous, disheartening, downright mean,” said Georgia NAACP President Edward DuBose, referring to the high court’s 5-4 decision calling the notion that seven southern states including Georgia must “pre-clear” legislation affecting voters before it is enacted “unconstitutional in light of current conditions.”
DuBose and other black leaders gathered at the state capitol said the decision effectively ends federal election oversight in Georgia just when they believe there are renewed efforts to dilute minority votes in Georgia and other southern states.
“I know the Ku Klux Klan, I know the Confederates and I know the Birchers and I know the Dixiecrats are celebrating today,” said State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta).
Brooks and other leaders promised they will now take the fight over voting rights to Congress, where they hope to redraft the nullified portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.