A good primer on what may be the next racial issue we’ll be hearing about, but not actually dealing with in any substantive or helpful way:
Another public conversation about race may be the last thing the Obama administration wants, but thanks to the Supreme Court, one is very likely on the way. It has been nearly three months since the court “invited” — that is to say, ordered — Solicitor General Elena Kagan to “express the views of the United States” on whether laws that take away the right to vote from people in prison or on parole can be challenged under the Voting Rights Act as racially discriminatory.
The bigger issue of restoration of voting rights to felons has been fought for 10 years at the state level. It’s not new, and it’s not an issue that’s specific to the Obama Administration.
However. Based on the increasingly insane way each and every issue that touches on race has been handled since Obama was elected, I think it’s safe to say this will be presented in the most explosive and least sympathetic way possible.
If one or another conservative activist submits a grainy, heavily edited video clip to major media that has any tangential relationship to “felons” or “voting”, all bets are off, and it could be a new low. On the current scale, as a reminder, our latest new low was Breitbart versus Sherrod, so lower than that.
Anyway, read the stories in the Sentencing Project Report, because it’s amazing what people will go through to vote.