Politicians this morning took the opportunity of the annual pilgrimage across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge to defend the voting rights legislation inspired by the “Bloody Sunday” confrontation there in 1965.

Vice President Joe Biden is among dozens of national political figures gathered in Selma this morning, just four days after the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

That provision requires states with a history of discrimination to get Justice Department approval before making any change to election procedure. Alabama’s Shelby County, which brought the issue to the Supreme Court, argues that it has changed and the oversight is no longer needed.

Speaking before a breakfast that opens the Selma celebration, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called Section 5 the Voting Rights Act’s enforcement mechanism.

“An unenforced law is no law,” he told reporters.

Jackson said he has concerns Supreme Court might do “something terribly damaging to democracy in this case.”


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  • In related news, Joe Biden recently apologized for not participating in the Selma march.

    Incidentally, Biden was 23 years old when it happened.

    To pay penance for his youthful indiscretion, I hereby sentence Joe Biden to live in Selma, Alabama without Secret Service protection or even armed protection for the rest of his life.

    • MikeS

      …..”for the rest of his life.”
      We would be reading his obituary in the paper by the end of the week.

      • Jefferson

        Selma, Alabama is a whopping 80 percent Black. I don’t think Joe Biden can handle living around that much “wonderful diversity”.

        • Katherine McChesney

          That’s amazing. I lived 60 miles from there in the 60’s. Recently I googled all the towns I used to visit within a 50 mile radius and they are all predominately black. I pity all the whites who are forced to live among them. I never liked living in Alabama. Even the rednecks were dangerous. I witnessed white women getting in fights on the bus just like black women do today. Those are the type of women who’d marry black men today. Joe Biden would never survive Alabama.

  • edie

    in reality, it is the voting rights act and the subsequent fraud that has ruined the democracy..

  • libertarian 1234

    [In Selma, Jesse Jackson Says Supreme Court Challenge to Voting Rights Act Could Be “Terribly Damaging to Democracy”]

    Old Jesse should thank his lucky stars he’s not sharing a cell with his convict son.

  • The__Bobster

    Where are spoonies denied the right to vote? Hell, in Ohio, they can vote six times.

  • The__Bobster

    Jackson said he has concerns Supreme Court might do “something terribly damaging to democracy in this case.”

    Like overturning an unconstitutional piece of legislation?

  • bigone4u

    Giving blacks the right to vote just gives them a license to scream for more gibsmedat and back it up with votes for cheap politicians who will do anything to win elections. Democracy today is mostly a wealth transfer mechanism, unrelated to the Founding Fathers dreams and aspirations.

    • IstvanIN

      Universal suffrage has been a disaster where ever it has been tried.

      • Triarius

        Athens had it pretty good during the Bronze Age, but they started going in the opposite direction and making more requirements to have less voters. The end result was a crippling elite group that hindered a polis from almost being an empire.

        • IstvanIN

          They never had universal suffrage.

  • SmithandSmith

    Why does The North get to get away with all they did but we don’t?

    No offense to Yankees here but hey, The North never was innocent and I for one, am sick of how it is always ignored. This isn’t about so-called “discrimination” or “racism”, this is about destroying The South and that’s it. The North did everything The South did and that’s just a fact.

    • MBlanc46

      You lost.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I remember in the 60’s, my family drove to Selma. On the way we encountered a large group of marching KKK’s in full dress. I never felt threatened though KKK also attacked whites. But, if I’m around any number of blacks I feel my life could be in danger.

  • Major

    A Happy Family in Selma.

  • Paleoconn

    I wonder if Jesse asked Joe when he mentioned the new direction hispanics will take the USA, did he mean an ethnically cleansed of blacks Azusa, Hawaiian Gardens and Compton, CA? Nah, silly me, cause Jesse doesn’t give a toss about blacks, just looking for a good shakedown here and there.

  • Guest

    This isn’t about discrimination. This is about blacks trying to invade every single white enclave in the South and ethnically cleanse the whites out.