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March 2013

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I enjoyed Joy Reid’s (of The Grio) response on Meet The Press this morning (yeah…a Black woman was allowed on Meet The Press, how rare) regarding Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s remark regarding Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act. What he said:

I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about: whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political process.

Obviously we are going to ignore the fact that rights and entitlements are not the same thing. A Black person having FULL RIGHTS in the U.S. is viewed as an “entitlement” because of White supremacy. Ignoring the legacy of voter suppression (not to mention the very recent reality of it) is what makes someone dare use the word “entitlement” when discussing voting. Not to mention that the “normal” political processes are shaped by racism in the first place. Anyway, Joy pointed out how he’s used this term before and why it’s problematic. Her part starts at 1:06.