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Sunday
Aug252013

Cokie Roberts: Changes to Voting Rights ‘Downright Evil’

Susan Biddle for The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a roundtable discussion on This Week, ABC's Cokie Roberts reflected on the progress in the United States 50 years after the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech.

Roberts said, “Growing up in the Deep South in the era of Jim Crow, the difference is dramatic… It’s a great testament to the fact that when you do something like pass a voting rights bill. That makes a difference.”

Still, Robert’s expressed concern over recent legislation on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In June the Supreme Court invalidated key parts of this law, which spurred contentious debates on race and equal opportunity.

Critics of the ruling call it a regression.

Proponents argue that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is outdated.

Robert’s said, “What’s going on about voting rights is downright evil because it is something that really needs to keep going forward not backward.”

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