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The striking down of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is a step backwards

By Diane Roberts  

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has effectively dismantled the most significant, most successful, civil rights legislation in United States history. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was the crowning legislation of the Civil Rights Movement, a great leap forward for social justice.

VRA was re-authorized several times by Congress, most recently in 2006 with a vote of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House. When…

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