WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NAACP released the following statements in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors:
"This decision has the potential to set voting rights back more than fifty years," stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. "It is especially unsettling in a year when we commemorate Medgar Evers, a man who gave his life to expand and protect the right to vote. But in the spirit of Medgar, who said ‘You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea,’ we will stand our ground and bring this debate to Congress."
From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP:
"This decision is outrageous. The Court’s majority put politics over decades of precedent and the rights of voters," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "Congress must resurrect its bipartisan efforts from 2006 to ensure that the federal government has the power to preemptively strike racially discriminatory voting laws. Without that power, we are more vulnerable to the flood of attacks we have seen in recent years."