CBC Group Offers Voting Rights Changes

Mike Lillis, The Hill, August 16, 2013

A Congressional Black Caucus task force led by Reps. G.K. Butterfield and Bobby Scott is pushing to restore voter protections.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have finalized their voting rights wish list in hopes of rebuilding protections that were struck down by the Supreme Court this year.

Prominent members of the group have delivered their recommendations to House Democratic leaders, who, in turn, are spearheading the push to write legislation that would replace the system overturned by the high court in June.

The court ruled that a decades-old formula dictating which states must be subject to federal oversight under the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was outdated and, therefore, unconstitutional.

A CBC task force led by Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) wants to update that formula based on more current data, but they don’t stop there.

The lawmakers also want to make it easier for judges to extend the federal protections to outlying jurisdictions and to allow states to opt into the system of federal oversight—a package that takes their advocacy well beyond a mere reworking of the defunct formula.

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The lawmakers are eyeing at least four separate changes to the Voting Rights Act:

• Section 2: This section empowers individuals or the Justice Department to file lawsuits against voting jurisdictions on allegations of discriminatory election rules. The CBC task force wants to tweak the language to make it easier for judges to grant temporary injunctions preventing such rules from taking effect while a suit is ongoing.

Under current law, plaintiffs can win such an injunction only if they demonstrate that they both have been harmed by the rules and will likely win the case. The CBC members want to scale back the second precondition—”a pretty high hurdle,” said Butterfield—so plaintiffs must show only that their suit raises serious questions about the discriminatory effect of the rules being challenged.

• Section 3: This is the “bail-in” section of the Voting Rights Acts, which empowers judges to apply the Section 5 protections to jurisdictions found to have discriminated intentionally against plaintiffs of a Section 2 lawsuit. The CBC working group wants to eliminate the burden of finding intent, instead allowing judges to apply the extra oversight in cases where election rules are found simply to have a discriminating effect.

• Section 5: This section authorizes the federal government to monitor elections in jurisdictions with proven records of racial discrimination at the polls. The CBC wants to allow states to opt into these protections voluntarily, even if the Section 4 coverage formula does not mandate their inclusion.

• Section 4: This section contains the coverage formula the Supreme Court deemed obsolete. The CBC group wants to update the formula to include those jurisdictions that have been found to violate Section 2 or Section 5 since 2000 or have entered into a settlement or consent agreement based on a discrimination complaint over the same 13-year span.

Butterfield, a former judge, said he has “no idea” which states would be covered under such a formula, “but it would be far less than [the nine] we have today.”

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  • GB101

    The proposal would allow states to opt into a system of federal oversight? Right. I can see them lining up now.

    • John White

      Balkanization is coming. We must have a separate nation for Whites only; one that is complete free of Blacks, Mestizos, Latinos, Chicanos, Mexicans, Hispanics, mongrels, etc. The reason why is because the values, goals, objectives, views, and beliefs that my fellow Whites and I hold are completely incompatible with the needs of non-Whites.
      The truth is that White people build great nations. Non-whites do not. It is as simple as that. Look across sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean countries. Are there any great nations there? No? Well, why not? Is it the climate, land, resources, or flora and fauna? Of course not. It’s the inhabitants! Blacks and Browns have low IQs and their horrific surroundings reflect that, much as the Black and Brown cities in the U.S. reflect a much lower standard than Whites hold.
      Blacks and Browns have never built any great nations and they never will. Indeed, having non-Whites live among us is a very, very bad idea. In fact, it is terminal for our race! The ramifications that stem from the presence of Blacks and Browns are far too numerous to mention here, but suffice it to say, no metric in existence shows that the presence of either group does anything other than harm our White race. Again, we need a Whites-only country and we need it now!

      • Triarius

        That’s what I keep saying. Balkanization, I give it 20 years. Whenever I get into a debate with anyone about this, liberal or conservative, I mention Balkanization. After they look it up I ask them to name one country that had different peoples under one banner that didn’t split up along those lines whether they be religious, cultural, racial, ethnic, language, etc.

        Crickets.

        • MBlanc46

          That’s another word for multiculturalism.

      • bigone4u

        You and libertarian1234 are on a roll today. The power elites have tried desperately to conceal the massive failures of their agenda. I hope that if balkanization occurs that white liberals are excluded from a white nation. Let the progressives live among the savages they worship.

        • Sick of it

          They would have to be excluded on the basis of general insanity, if nothing else.

        • White Mom in WDC

          White liberals will have to be killed. This is an observation by a friend of mine from the military. Harsh, but there is no other way.

          • Luca

            Avoid the moral dilemma and deport them.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          I can see it now, just like in Hemmingway’s “A Farewell to Arms.” One officer is standing there at the gate, “So are you a libtard? One item is checked and up to the firing squad as a traitor.

          That’s not a triage system I would support. Marxist nations have re-educated people into their system. What is it about whites that makes them feel that other whites can’t be re-educated? But this proves the futility of any such idea. I don’t want any group of any color or creed setting themselves up to tell me whether I have the right to exist or not according to their checklist.

          That said, most of the whites in left in California for example, are people that are comfortable with that Balkanization (although some are stuck there due to family and simply being too financially and materially committed).

      • jane johnson

        Interesting article related to secession, and how we are being deprived of a right. Think Abraham Lincoln and “consent of the governed”.

        lewrockwell dot com/2013/07/thomas-dilorenzo/what-americans-used-to-know/

        If you dislike Lincoln and FDR, and believe in the validity of states’ rights and Austrian economics, I think you’ll like DiLorenzo. The lefties HATE him, which, at least for me, makes him worth reading. His books on the myths (and lies) surrounding Lincoln explain a lot about the kind of garbage we’re getting from the fedgov today.

        • Puggg

          I don’t have really any problem with him, what I do have a problem with is that most of the people who tout him are also the kind of people who want open borders.

  • MekongDelta69

    The CBC won’t be happy until all black people can vote at least 10 times and white people can’t vote at all.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I think one of them has actually proposed something like that, at least the denial of the franchise to “racists”.

      • Sick of it

        In one of the New England states, if I’m not mistaken, a system was setup like that so that Hispanics could have the “proper amount of representation” on a city council.

        • IstvanIN

          Proportional voting?

          • Sick of it

            It was something like that. They made Hispanic votes count for more to balance things out. It was something ridiculous like that.

          • IstvanIN

            I remember now, if a town council had 5 position, each voter could vote 5 times, either voting for 5 different candidates, or casting 5 votes all for one candidate, or any combination thereof. They claimed that one man, one vote was unfair, as were voting districts or one man/one vote at-large positions.

          • The reason the civil wrongs movement no longer pushes for proportional voting?

            In one town it was used, someone who is an aficionado of a certain 1930s German political party won a seat on a city council.

          • SFLBIB

            I rest my case stated above.

          • SFLBIB

            That is what I remember also. The proposal evoked high emotion on both sides, but what its supporters didn’t realize is, like virtually all liberal ideas, that it actually hurts the people it was intended to help. Suppose one candidate was Hispanic. The Hispanic voters would cast all five of their votes for him even though he would need only a majority. This would mean that liberal non-Hispanic candidates would lose votes, and quite possibly the election to their conservative opponents.

            This is a form of gerrymandering which is what helped Newt Gingrich win his first election to the House.

      • MBlanc46

        I seem to remember such a thing. Was it Charlie Rangel?

  • libertarian1234

    Integration has been a total failure.

    In effect what it has amounted to is an ongoing, constant effort costing trillions to placate an enemy within to keep them from hating us, assaulting us and killing us, while all the while we are taking care of them, because they can’t care for themselves.

    Our schools have been dumbed down, because they can’t keep up. Our prisons and jails are filled to over-capacity, because they don’t want to buckle down and work like every other race to learn a trade or work their way up from a low-paying wage. They’d rather sell dope and/or steal or commit robberies, because all of it requires less work.

    They have huge, inflated egos wherein they see themselves as on a level of kings and queens and any suggestion that they’re not quite up to the level of other groups…even with verifiable proof…. will send them into ballistic mode, threatening to kill and riot, and, of course, dismiss it all as “racism.”

    We’ve been engaged in a one-sided war now for decades with the situation getting increasingly worse instead of better, and there’s every indication that the intensity will continue to accelerate.

    They’re the greatest enemies we have now and the greatest enemies we have ever had……….and they’re right here within our borders.

    • Spartacus

      Ancient Egypt was the most advanced civilization in the world for centuries. Then they got black slaves, and mixed with them. Today, they can’t go for 2 days without killing each other in the street, and each woman gets groped in public at least 10 times a day.

      It’s up to you if America suffers the same fate or not .

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Yeah, the only black “Ejipshun” dynasty…was the last.

      • Triarius

        Most modern day Egyptians are Arabs, from the invasions starting in the 7th century. Real ancient Egyptians are modern day Copts, look them up they look just like you would think the ancients would.

        Blacks were never in ancient Egypt that much, Sesostris III declared a war on blacks because they would come into Egypt and wreck the place, stealing everything (hard to believe, I know). After the Nubian wars Sesotris III banned blacks from entering Egypt.

        With only a few raiding exceptions later on, blacks were not really in Egypt after Sesostris III’s decree until the Abbasid’s brought them in as slave soldiers and laborers, around 10th century AD.

        Fun fact, ancient texts describe Sesostris III as being 6’6″, with red hair and blue eyes. He was considered one of the greatest Pharaohs ever, but the pc brigade never brings him up for obvious reasons.

        • Sick of it

          The black admixture in Egypt probably mostly occurred after the Arabs took over and imported black slaves…then later converted them to Islam and bred with them (in addition to the offspring of slaves). They have done that all over the Islamic world. All one has to do is look at ancient artifacts, inscriptions, and bones to see the clear difference between the ancient peoples of North Africa and the modern inhabitants.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          I am afraid that historic and archeologically proven fact is against you on this one. In 730 B.C., King Piye of Nubia invaded Egypt, then weakened through a long period of rule by petty war lords, and conquered it. Nubia was at that time, a rich kingdom in the lower Nile Valley that is now Sudan. Egyptian gold came from that region and trading had been established for centuries before. Modern archeology has proved that the Nubians ruled for 60 years. Piye’s son, Taharqa was king after him and ruled both Nubia and Egypt. There are other discoveries made in the Sudan in the past 40 years that substantiate the hints on the sculptures and paintings of even earlier Pharaohs and Queens that they were likely of mixed race. It has also been substantiated that alliances solidified through noble marriages between the two kingdoms and races occurred. Until the time of Alexander the Great, the story of Egypt is almost purely African.

          However, we do know that whites from the north were often seized and used as concubines and that they were even bred to be concubines by their Caucasian families in the Caucus Mountains. This practice began in ancient times and the human female chattel that was bred and raised for trade became known as The Circassian Beauties named this by the time of the Islamic rule of North Africa. Even today, the raids and trading of white women from The Ukraine and even Russia continues if but in a slightly more sophisticated manner. The point is, white genetics were somewhat present in ancient times.

          I have a personal story to add to this; a very important man in my life was an actual Irish Nobleman. He told me the story of how his ancestors, (obviously in ancient times) had been in Egypt and their tribe formed an elite royal household guard known as “The White Guard.” This must have occurred during the Celtic excursions into Africa during the time of Herodotus. But the history was passed down in his own line. I do not doubt that some of their genetics would have seeped into the royal line. Even the Berbers in North Africa were recorded as sometimes producing members with red hair and green eyes.

          But I would like to know which ancient text describes Sesostris lll this way? (I’d like to look it up).

          • Triarius

            There were some Nubian kings, as well as Persian and Greek ones, but none were that important or had a major impact on ancient Egypt as a whole (although the Macedonians did build a lot of cities and bring in new technologies). Also this period of foreigner rulers in Egypt was well past their zenith. Its like claiming Ravenna was the right capital of ancient Rome because it was for a little while at the end of Western Rome. I wasn’t trying to “white wash” Egypt.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            There is considerable evidence that the earliest lower Egyptians were pretty White in appearance. Not saying they were Vikings, but my reading leads me to believe that the only identifiably “black” dynasty to rule Egypt prior to Assyrian conquest (which was followed by Greek, Roman, and Arab, no more distinct Egyptian civilization ruled by real Egyptians) was the last…

    • bigone4u

      What a truly powerful, concise statement of the problem. I hope you post this exact comment elsewhere on the Internet, especially on liberal websites.

    • MBlanc46

      Perhaps I’m overly optimistic, but I believe that more and more people are coming to this conclusion. It’s gotten so that I can even have an honest conversation about race with my bleeding-heart wife.

    • sbuffalonative

      They keep proposing solution and when those solutions fail they have to come up with new ones.

      Just look at integrated schools.

      They told us that all they wanted was a chance to go to better schools. They still failed. They said their kids couldn’t learn because they were hungry. We gave them free breakfasts and free lunches. They still failed. They said they needed black teachers (still failed), black principals (still failed), black school boards (still failed). And a host of other solutions along the way.

      Every solution they propose fails because every one denies the reality of genes.

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        … and the personal corruption that cultural dependence creates.

    • Sick of it

      I hope the above is more inclusive because the greatest risk to our people in America is posed by those flooding across the border and their relatives here at home. They are extremely violent and they outnumber the blacks. They are racial supremacists. They believe this entire land belongs to them somehow.

    • SFLBIB

      The more America does to overcome its “racism,” the more “racist” America appears. The reason for this is built into the dynamics of human nature. Very simply, the more equal
      blacks become with whites, the more unbearable and unjust seem the remaining differences. Thus what started as a demand for basic civil rights mutated into a demand to overturn the whole society, along with its traditions and norms, its standards and laws, its history and heroes …

      — Lawrence Auster

    • Libertarian67

      I live in MI where this is evident every day with such fine cities as Detroit and Flint. For example I took my wife and son to see the Tigers yesterday and got harassed all the way from the parking garage to the gate which was only about 2 blocks. You will never guess the race of the naggers? Everyday there is news of murders and thefts including daytime home invasions. Air conditioners and copper wire and pipe are stolen. Race is not indicated but of course if you dig a little bit it is always a black person involved in committing the crime. Detroit has schools like Cass Tech with 91% black enrollment are a complete waste of money for such an advanced school and new building. Whites are being drawn into Detroit by Quicken Loans and the young people moving in are being threatened if they do not leave.
      I have seen integration fail everywhere over the years and have grown weary of all the rhetoric.

  • Creepy as crackers!

    Moderator, if you are going to delete all of my comments, please have the courtesy to explain why. Thank you!

    • Please don’t use the entire Rachel Jeantel phrase as your screen name. Now that you have taken away one letter, you’re now okay.

      • Creepy as crackers!

        OK. Thank you, sorry about that.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    How much IQ, initiative, capacity, does it take to get a picture ID?

    Apparently more than a significant segment of the negro population has.

    • Nick A Siggers

      They seem to be able to jump through the hoops to collect their welfare just fine.

    • Greg Thomas

      They all have IDs, they just don’t want to show them because then they could not vote multiple times. Same goes for illegal invading mexicans, because asking them for identification (especially if the askee is White) is deemed “voter intimidation.” So in an effort to protect the fraud that comes with diversity voting, they have concocted these lame excuses that conclude asking a minority for their identification amounts to “voter intimidation and supression.”

  • IKantunderstand

    This is tyranny. Pure and simple. I had no idea King George was such an amateur. Things are not getting better. They are becoming worse, day by day. We thought we needed to sever the ties in the past? Whatever the British imposed on this country pales in comparison to what “our” government is imposing on us now. You cannot even be a patriot, without villification being heaped upon your head. We cannot win under the present system. Thus, we have two choices, and two choices only: Change the system, or shamble away in defeat. There is no compromise. The high poobahs have decided what OUR fate will be, with absolutely no regard or acknowledgement of, the historic American nation’ s wishes or righteous feelings on the matter of our replacement , and our downgrade to a minority. Mind you, we will not ever be, even if there are only ten of us alive in this God forsaken country, a “minority”. That is correct, if any of you Whites are sitting out there thinking, well, when Whites are no longer the majority, affirmative action will cease to exist. Affirmative action will continue on into perpetuity. Because you know what? Every single, solitary country on the face of this earth, discriminates against some group of people or another for some kind of reason. It is human nature! It can’t be changed; well, I suppose, once “they” get into “Brave New World” type solutions, I suppose it could, and God help us if that happens. Oh, and also trying to identify the “racism” gene. I’ll tell you where the racism gene is, it is in our common sense and observation of the realities of the world. There ain’t NO RACISM GENE! You are mistaking observant Whites just trying to protect themselves against the black, savage, imbecilic hordes that you poohbahs have decided to unleash into all (formerly) White nations. Do you see what a mess this country has become? The potus is an imbecile; ineffectual, scattered-brained, impotent, buffoonish, lazy, unconcerned, uninformed and exactly the type of person we can expect to be in power in this government in the future. You think he is bad??? Just you wait, you ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      It’s even worse in the UK as you no doubt realize. The problem is that both nations allowed themselves to slide into a kind of tolerance that allowed for a kind adoption of international socialist ideals. In England, this came through the hardly concealed Marxist agenda of the Labour Party and was greatly manifested by Tony Blair, who thought it was just great to annoy the conservatives by allowing mass immigration to flood the country. His arrogance and short sightedness has all but ruined England and the UK. Once done, it is very difficult to reverse settled human movement. That the Left all over the West has managed to accomplish this is a huge problem for the West and the survival of civilization, let alone whites.

      • Ella

        FDR and Churchill manage to move huge populations after WW2 and left many homeless from forced deportations. They came to USA and former British African colonies until they got acceptance somewhere like Australia, S.A., Mexico, Canada, and again, USA. Most were Polish, Prussian, Jewish and other Eastern European ethnic groups -redrew boundaries under treaties. It was a mess and considered criminal today. It can be done but probably cruel.

        • IstvanIN

          Cruel to who? Us or them? It is cruel to us to allow our homelands to be overrun.

          • Ella

            Governments should not allow them to come in the first place and establish cultural problems and entitlements within our Western societies. I agree with you being cruel to the locals. I just mentioned some problems with forced deportations and resettlement of mass groups since post WW2. England has tolerated both Schengen agreement and now, a flood from former colonies. For the US, we’re drowning in Mexicans mostly.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          How do people like you formulate such ideas? The war was not started by Churchill and FDR, but it DID produce many refugees. The Marshall Plan rebuilt Europe (and England) but many people were homeless due to the war. Of course they had to find new homes for them. The people that caused this were defeated in WW2.and war crime trails were held in Nuremberg. Not just that, my first babysitter was a German war bride and my best friend’s mother was a German war bride. My mother hired her even though the Germans had killed many of her relatives in Belarus.

          What is a mess and can and is being done today is that the Western World is being overwhelmed by immigrants that hate them. We could never survive another national emergency like WW2 again.

          • Ella

            Where did I say that Churchill and FDR started the war? You need to quit reading in-between the lines. Under Allies, I read every one was supposed to return to their ethnic country of origin, about 12 million German descent expulsed up to the 1950’s including pre-WW2. Read under flight and expulsion of Germans in Wiki for quick explanation. They were NOT all Nazis and many just farmed.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            You could start by writing in complete sentences. Your sentences implied that you didn’t know much about the war because Churchil and FDR did not cause the problems you are complaining about, but helped solve them. I read real history, not Wiki. It took time to sort Europe out. We already know that. At least the grown-ups with education do.

            I have heard all the excuses for Germans, but Hitler and Nazis would not have been able to do much without their support. I wasn’t born yesterday. In fact, when I was born, this stuff had just happened.

            Mein Kampf was published in the early 1920s and everyone knew what Hitler promised to do. He gave raving speeches where he again displayed a fanaticism that should have warned all those “farmers” from supporting him. Instead, they joined the army and marched fanatically to his orders.

            The way forward is not to try to whitewash a very bad chapter of German history, but show some maturity by accepting it and stop searching for/creating mythological excuses.

          • Ella

            Quit making up things up on your end. Read a book on mass expulsion. Are you done with your insults? You think you’re the only one with contact with Holocaust survivors? Well I have some in my family and sorry to disappoint you.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            You aren’t saying anything. What you call expulsions were movements of people in attempts to resettle them back where they had lived, or in the case of Jews, get them a better future. That included the UN mandate to create a Jewish state in Palestine.

            All I can gather from your gibberish is that some books are being written today that are trying to revision those events as if they were sinister. They weren’t. WW2 created a mess and the Allies were left with a huge mess to clean up. Homes for people had to be found.

            What are you complaining about?

          • Ella

            There is not much to say. You’ll believe what you want to believe and so will I. I don’t care what you choose to read or support. It’s your choice.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            People that select what they read to support a position they already have a bias for or a belief is not being objective or factual, but often feeds a bias that only becomes re-enforced to the point of delusion.

            I think your problem is that you are buying into the description of re-locating and rebuilding after the war as “expulsions.” That is a word meant to project a false reality. The history of the post war chaos and its ordering is huge, but the Allies and the Marshall Plan were done in the best of intentions for a just resolution of the mess left by the aggressors (Germany, Italy and Japan). Instead of pillaging and exterminating the population like Genghis Khan, they rebuilt their former enemies nations. Read up on it yourself and have the courage to be objective. You might also learn how to write better English sentences because it was difficult to understand what you were saying at all.

  • din_do_nuffins

    They’ll eventually get what the want, and then they will get everything else.

    As we accelerate toward minority status (much faster than we are being told by the Census Elites), we will lose all power of resistance. We will consider the coming Yellow Chi-Com invasion to be a kind of liberation.
    Whiteness Will Not Survive Diversity.

  • MBlanc46

    No, no, no, no.

  • Epiminondas

    Something wicked this way comes. And it won’t be long.

  • SFLBIB

    Washington doesn’t have enough power, so give it more.

  • IstvanIN

    Butterfield would have fooled me.