Human Rights

Jon Stewart Slams Antonin Scalia

Stewart points to the absurdity of Scalia's challenge to the Voting Rights Act.

On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on the Supreme Court case that challenges the Voting Rights Act. Stewart examined the origins of the case in Shelby County, Alabama, which sued the Justice Department over a provision in the law that requires Southern states to run new voting rules by the federal government.

“They are hoping to become the Jackie Robinson of people who historically disenfranchised people like Jackie Robinson,” Stewart said.

Shelby officials argue that “the America that elected Barack Obama” is much different from the “America of our parents and grandparents.” But Stewart doesn’t buy that the Deep South can so easily ride off its long history of racism.

“If you want to move near a school and you’re a sex offender, you have to run that by someone,” Stewart observed.

Stewart also took on Justice Antonin Scalia’s disgusting argument against letting Congress decide what to do with the Voting Rights Act:

“It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal processes… They’re going to lose votes if they do not re-enact the Voting Rights Act. Even the name of it is wonderful.”

“The Supreme Court must act to strike down the law because Congress is too frightened to challenge it based on the appeal of his name,” Stewart observed, adding that the same logic could be used to strike down the Declaration of Independence, “I could believe if John Hancock signed the ‘I wish our tea was cheaper’ declaration.”




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