The Common Good

Jim Wallis Deeply Troubled by Recent Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act

Date: June 28, 2013

 In response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, issued the following statement:



The 5-4 decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court is morally shameful. This decision jeopardizes equal justice under the law especially for black, Hispanic, and low-income people. Section 4 was specifically used in the 2012 election to prevent new voter suppression. Now efforts to increase barriers to voting are already underway in several states that would suppress the future votes of Americans of color, especially those with lower incomes. The votes of Justices Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy, and Chief Justice Roberts revealed how politically partisan this bench has unfortunately become. The conservative justices have aligned themselves with extreme right-wing politics that have deliberately encouraged and practiced voter suppression against minorities, low-income people, the young, and the elderly. This decision by the United States Supreme Court once again exposes the illusory idea of a “post-racial” America. We must tirelessly and courageously continue our efforts toward racial justice.