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June 28, 2013

HAMILTON: Loss of Voter Rights Act is a reflective win

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Niagara Gazette — Most Niagarans don’t realize that certain provisions of the Voter Rights Act do not apply to us, however, implicitly it negatively affected Niagara County’s ridiculously drawn Fourth District and surrounding areas.

The Fourth District is a hodgepodge of convolutedly drawn lines that literally lassos enough of the African-Americans who were trying to escape the conditions of the old Second District, making it just a poor, marginally minority-majority reservation. Because of such, it has ironically left the people there so bereft of inspiration that the district elected a person to represent them who themselves cannot escape the need for public housing occupancy. Maybe it is marginalizing progress for blacks in other areas, too; perhaps, even in Shelby County.

In the case of Shelby County Alabama vs. Holder, it seems that a bunch of southern whites have sued the powerful black US Attorney General Eric Holder and said that both his and President Obama’s oversight of voting laws in Shelby County, and in other counties throughout the United States, are no longer necessary.

Shelby County based a large part of their assertions of that lack of need on having a black attorney general and a black president. The Supreme Court, with its six white men, a Jewish woman, a Hispanic woman and one black male, collectively affirmed that Shelby was right — albeit mostly along political philosophies.

Nevertheless, despite his successes, Congressman Lewis, once a very young civil rights activist who had his head busted open during an early 1960s civil rights march, now complains about his own success in reaching equality.

A lot of us complain, even after six-years ago, during a heated primary between the largely inexperienced senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the now much older Lewis did what many African-Americans did, and turned his back on the young black senator from Illinois and supported Clinton. We agree can that it was his voting right to do so.

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