On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act—one of the most important pieces of legislation in American history—here is a lengthy article, ICYMI, by NYT political correspondent Jim Rutenberg, in the August 2nd NYT Magazine, on the underhanded campaign of Republicans to undermine the Act, “A dream undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.”
It’s quite something: The US Republican party is the only major party in an advanced democracy—and, I emphasize, the only such party—that seeks to effectively disenfranchise part of its electorate; to render it more difficult for its citizens to participate in the political system and cast their ballots. Such would be inconceivable in any polity in Europe or North America, or, for that matter, in any even halfway democratic one worthy of the name outside of Europe or North America. Just saying.
UPDATE: From Jenée Desmond-Harris at Vox, here are “13 things you need to know about the fight over voting rights.”