Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:
President Obama: “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today” and that the gutting of the Voting Rights Act “upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”
The Voting Rights Act, first signed into law in 1965, was a keystone victory of the civil rights movement. African-American citizens withstood beatings, fire hoses and dogs to see the law passed. Some even gave their lives.
And for decades since, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America’s citizens — regardless of faith, color or creed.
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court strikes down the power to enforce this important law. This is more than a disappointment—it’s an injustice.
The Hip-Hop community has an obligation to respond to this. Hip-hop was born out of the struggle against inequality, poverty, violence and discrimination…
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