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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:13 PM

Black conservatives launch effort to scrap part of Voting Rights Act

Source: The Guardian

Black conservatives launch effort to scrap part of Voting Rights Act

Paul Harris in New York
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 January 2013 17.20 GMT

A group of prominent black conservatives is trying to help scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights-era legislation that enshrined the right of black Americans to have equal treatment at the ballot box.

The law was signed in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson in the presence of civil rights leaders like Dr Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and it represented one of the milestone victories in ending the Jim Crow segregation of the deep south.

Now, however, a black conservative group called Project 21 has filed a legal brief before the US supreme court in support of a case aimed at overturning key provisions of the act. The bid, on which the supreme court is set to rule this summer, has been brought by the authorities in Shelby County in the southern state of Alabama.

Project 21's argument focuses on the part of the Voting Rights Act called Section 5, which holds that certain areas of the country with a history of racial discrimination when it comes to voting rights need to get federal approval before changing any of their voting procedures.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:17 PM

1. Not happening. nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:56 PM

2. There's no such thing as a "black conservative."

There ARE ,black tools, toms and opportunist.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:55 PM

3. Didn't the court already say they wouldn't be hearing the

voting rights act case just last week?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:59 PM

4. The name Uncle Ruckus comes to mind. n/t

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:10 PM

7. Uncle Ruckus! Exactly!

 

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:01 PM

5. Tools will be tools.

nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:10 PM

6. It's another front group for corporations and rich conservatives...

...part of the spin machine:

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility has not traditionally been echoed by the nation's civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility - and against the rioting.
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Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21's network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN's Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET's Our Voices, and America's Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21History.html

About its parent organization, The National Center for Public Policy Research:
Funding Sources

Between 1998 and 2008, NCPPR received $445,000 in funding from ExxonMobil.

NCPPR has also received funding from the following sources:

* The Armstrong Foundation
* Brady Education Foundation
* Carthage Foundation
* Castle Rock Foundation
* Earhart Foundation
* Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation
* John M. Olin Foundation
* Leadership Institute
* Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
* Randolph Foundation
* Roe Foundation
* Sarah Scaife Foundation
* Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation
* William H.Donner Foundation
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/National_Center_for_Public_Policy_Research

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