Testifying before House lawmakers about barriers minorities face in exercising their right to vote, the reputed mother of the Civil Rights Movement took aim Wednesday at a Supreme Court decision that gutted the federal law her activism helped secure in 1965.
“I do not believe for one second that they really thought the provision was no longer needed, as Justice Roberts wrote,” said Diane Nash, referring to a section of the Voting Rights Act struck down as unconstitutional in 2013 by conservatives on the high court. “We knew the result would be gerrymandering and voter suppression, and those five justices knew it also because they are as smart as you and I.”
Diane Nash is celebrated as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement. She appeared on a panel of witnesses who testified Wednesday about voting barriers in the United States.
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