essay helper

Being Latino on Google Plus

Historic challenge to Voter Rights Act—Update

David Goldman, AP

David Goldman, AP

Though you may have missed it in all the media attention around the ruling on California’s Proposition 8, the US Supreme Court issued its ruling in the historic Shelby v Holder last week.  It was a suit brought by Shelby County, Alabama, against the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the pre-clearance provisions of the Voters Rights Act which I originally wrote about on Being Latino three months ago.

The Court in a 5-4, conservative/liberal split, decision ruled that while racism still exists in America– times and people have fundamentally changed enough that the U.S. government can no longer enforce the formula that is based upon 1960s statistics.

While the federal government is allowed to continue to enforce other provisions of the Voter Rights Act.  The Court basically challenged a deeply divided Congress to fashion new standards if they want the Justice Department to be able to enforce any type of pre-clearance of changes to voting laws in jurisdictions formally under the shadow of that provision of the law.

It will be interest to see if an ideologically-challenged Congress will be able to do so, or whether it will become the talk of political fundraisers and those running for office in 2014 and beyond.


By Being Latino Contributor, Jeffery Cassity   Jeffery Cassity is a mostly socially-liberal, fiscally-conservative Anglo male who is involved in his local Hispanic community as the widower of a 1st generation Mexican-American woman and his active, some would say hyperactive, membership in the local Council of the League of Latin American Citizens(LULAC)

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

Speak Your Mind