Leftist Racism Continues
After Tuesday’s SCOTUS ruling on the Voting Rights Act, the left responded with mostly expected outrage. The 5-4 decision struck down section four of the law, which created a formula for determining which state and local governments required federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws.
The states affected were Southern states with a history of trying to keep minorities from voting. At the time the law was created, in 1965, it was instrumental in the fight for voting equality. Today, section four only serves as an extra hoop Southern states must jump through due to wrongs that were righted long ago. In explaining their decision to do away with section four, the court stated, “There is no doubt that these improvements are in large part because of the Voting Rights Act. The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process.” According to the SCOTUS, Congress may create a new formula addressing federal pre-clearance for state and local voting laws but that part of their ruling seems to have been lost on the left.
In fact, one lawmaker was so incensed over the decision that he responded by being blatantly racist. As Dana Loesch writing at RedState pointed out, the irony was thick. Shortly after the ruling, Rep Ryan Winkler called the only African American on the Supreme Court “Uncle Thomas.”
Disparaging an African American for being conservative didn’t surprise most on the right, but the fact that Rep Winkler actually said it out loud was a bit of a shock. The racism hurled at African American conservatives is nothing new, as Sean Hannity recently highlighted on his program. However, African American conservatives aren’t usually attacked by publicly elected officials.
After quickly being called out for his inexcusable behavior, Rep Winkler deleted the offending tweet. He then set about with apologies and claimed he didn’t realize “Uncle Tom” was a racist term. Later Rep Winkler said, “I did not intend it as a racially derogatory term and I probably reacted too hastily in using a word that is very loaded.” So to sum up, he knew it was a loaded term and he used it anyway. As to whether Rep Winkler actually knew the term was racist, he is either not smart enough to be in the position he holds or a very poor liar; which either way equates to someone who shouldn’t be re-elected.
If Congress does choose to write a new formula to protect against racism at the polls, perhaps they should throw in a protection to keep racists off the ballots.