“Defending The Voting Rights Act From Its Conservative Critics”

Doug Kendall: “In a condescending but shallow response to a Huffington Post piece written last week by my colleague Emily Phelps and me, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto accuses us of appealing to ’emotion’ and wallowing in ‘nostalgia for the heroism of the civil rights movement half a century ago.’  Our piece mourned the recent death of Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights hero who was repeatedly “challenged, jailed and beaten” in his efforts to register black voters in Mississippi in the 1960s, while making broader points about the continued need for the law – the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – that represents one of the most important accomplishments produced by the struggles of Mr. Guyot and his civil rights movement compatriots.”


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