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Judge Jones: Supreme Court's move to states rights threatens civil rights



Published: Fri, October 12, 2012 @ 11:11 p.m.

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Retired U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals Judge Nathaniel R. Jones urged the local NAACP chapter to resist the modern movement to restrict voting rights.

The threat “is summed up in your theme for this occasion ... “Your Power, Your Decision — Vote,” said Jones, a Youngstown native.

He was the keynote speaker at Friday’s 94th Freedom Fund Banquet of the Youngstown Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A nationally known civil rights activist and leader who was general counsel of the National NAACP for 10 years, Jones said the new movement to restrict voting rights by requiring photo IDs and passing laws restricting early voting is a direct reaction to the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 — “an event many of us never thought we would live to see.”

Though some claimed it was proof the nation had moved to a post-racial phase, Jones disagreed.

He said one of the reasons he left the bench was so he would be free to speak his mind about what he described as “disturbing trends” developing in the U.S. Supreme Court decisions after the appointment of justices “who hold a soft spot for states rights.”

It was states rights doctrine that fostered and maintained America’s segregated institutions and protected individuals and groups who intimidated and violated blacks, he said.

“The antidote for that is for the NAACP to intensify the fight it has waged ever since 1909 for the unfettered right to vote,” he said.

The right to vote, which people fought and died to achieve, is at the root of the power of black Americans, minorities and women to effect change, and that is why it is being attacked so vociferously, he said.

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1Ypboy(50 comments)posted 2 years ago

Why do some people think black people are incapable of getting an id?

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2ytownsteelman(631 comments)posted 2 years ago

I don't know Ypboy. Do they know something we don't know?

Does this judge really believe that if states' rights makes a big comeback that some states will start segregating blacks again?

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3Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years ago

"""Jones said the new movement to restrict voting rights by requiring photo IDs and passing laws restricting early voting is a direct reaction to the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 — “an event many of us never thought we would live to see.”"""""

Requiring a photo ID and restricting early voting is in the same breath of racial discrimination. Really? This joker needs to realize where in 2012 going on 2013 not 1909. When will they comprehend that.
Not alive to see a black president?? He was the best candidate so why does the black community think this was such a huge shock. Color shouldn't matter in anything which the black community always think it does. In seems the blacks are always going back in time and all the other races are going forward. Get over it, it's history, move forward.

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4fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 2 years ago

and if it weren't for black voters obama WOULDN'T be the prez

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5AtownAugie(701 comments)posted 2 years ago

Thanks Vindy for putting this in the first paragraph: "Jones urged the local NAACP chapter to resist the modern movement to restrict voting rights." Since his premise of voting rights being restricted is false and invalid, there is no reason to read more of the article.

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