Michael Eric Dyson: Voting Rights Act Isn’t About ‘Ghosts of Racism’

On Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press”, Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson and former Sen. Jim DeMint sparred michael-eric-dyson-090over the impact of the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act. Dyson insisted that the VRA is necessary today not because of ‘ghosts’ of racism, but because of actual infringements on voting rights in states covered by the VRA.

When host David Gregory asked Dyson where we should go from here considering that the Supreme Court has decided that the “ghosts of the 1960’s can no longer be held against those states, particularly in the South,” Dyson made it clear that this debate isn’t about ghosts.

“Well, it’s not the ghosts, you know, it’s the real, living problems that are presented. Think about Attorney General Holder’s response to this, talking about the corrosion of the foundations of American democracy,” said Dyson.

He pointed out that Texas’ redistricting plan and South Carolina’s ID plan were both rejected by lower courts, federal courts, in Texas and South Carolina today. Not 50 years ago, not 40 years ago.

Dyson also drew attention to  the fact that prior to the court’s decision, approving the Voting Rights Act had been a bipartisan act.

“You know, what’s interesting here is that in 2006 Congress and George Bush signing the legislation reviewed this and, in a bipartisan way, found that it was compelling evidence to suggest that we needed these protections,” added Dyson.

“The courts didn’t throw out the Voting Rights Act,” DeMint countered, “just one section that used 50-year-old voting participation records.”


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  4. Bro D, you most of these Negroids can’t handle, as George Clinton used to say ” the P-Funk, Uncut Funk, The Bomb!!), they act like your suppose to be a sweet polly purebred and all gooey and booboo… He.ll no!! Its the wheels that squeaks the loudest that gets the oil and old politician told me!! The 14th and 15th amendment is just that, AMENDMENTS!! Not indisputable rights, as long and White supremacy and white power and privilege are always trying to dominate and keep control!! We will never be respected and free in a land where the powers that be look at us a ” the Help” and nothing more. We must do for ourselves and create our own land and laws for our self, and take the risk of being totally free form this vagabond, or forever be his bytch!! Fyck Em all!! Maat…

  5. Pay attention because all of our civil right’s leader’s are selling out!!! And they are not young anymore. This sh.. Is beneath my everything…Instead of defending white people they need to get together and help save our people especially our youth and teens. Talk is very cheap and don’t cost a cent, however, actions is what the cry for help is! Let us as a people help ourselves.

  6. This conversation is not about Dyson or Sharpton but the voting rights of African Americans that the SCOTUS, have assured will be impacted negatively.

  7. Martin R. Delany

    Please read, The Black Commentator – “Post Racial Conflict: America to Enter Heaven Without Confessing Her Sins”.

    This article from April, 2008, predicts the outcome of an Obama presidency.

    Black America needs to stop participating in the electoral process. Negroes, carefully selected by whites, have confused us for 158 years about emancipation, integration and civil rights for their own personal benefit.

  8. this is half a report and doesn’t even review the surrounding facts. thus it’s useless.

  9. Dyson as well as Sharpton have sold out Homie! If you sell out get the Hell out Sambo & Sambalina tired of these Negroes Illumaslaves Gay-z Bootysea all the rest of these Hollyweird Negroes you better off in the Hood doing something else! I heard it said that a Pimp will sell his Ass if his Whore won’t lol

  10. Brother Derrick is right! These are nothing More than Paper Rights the Whiteman giveth & the Whiteman taketh away,we will never be respected until we Negrotiate from a Position of Power & stop living like a Turkey on ThanksTakings! Black’s Won’t practice Group Economics or Group Politics & We will become a Perminent Underclass real soon if We don’t correct our Minds & these Self Destructive Behaviors! I love to see Black People in Business last time I was in LA I Spent 300.00 on Books Support Black Business because your life Depends on it! I would Drive a Country Mile to go Patronize our Own! Stop Spending Money with People who Don’t Look Like You Dummy! All these Gang Banging Negroes go put the smash on these other fools Opening Stores in your Hood Dummy Make these Fools Pay Dues! You don’t see a Negro with a Store in China Town because they only spend Money with their Own,He going out of Business! You Blacks do the same be on the look out for your own & ask for our people to Help us in a Restaurant Shopping whatever so on! Politics is Ran by Major Corporations who got big money if we have no money we have nothing coming! Gays getting what they want because they have paid fools off these sack chasers are everywhere & they pushing this Destructive Lifestyle on Poor ignorant Negroes so they can have some Dummy to sell AIDS Drugs to Make Big Dollars Dummy & your Backside looking like a Tunnel Stop it! Gay History is White History Greece & Rome Dummy! The Black Aboriginal Man has never lived such a Lifestyle because we have always been used to a lot of Women Wives! We Practiced Pologamie because of Wars & Such.This was used by the God to bring a Society back into Balance We might need to go back down such Roads to keep us going after all this Death & Fagitry going on!

  11. Michael Eric Dyson is a outright lover, supporter and promoter of the N-word! In other words I can’t hear anything else he has to say!!!!!!! I challenge anyone worth my time to debate this issue with me!!! Hint, Hint!!! #Runningscared

    • Not sure what the N word has to do with the article and you didn’t say what issue you wanted to debate.

  12. “The courts didn’t throw out the Voting Rights Act,” DeMint countered, “just one section that used 50-year-old voting participation records.”

    Does this dumb yankee know that Blacks are still being treated like we were 50 years ago, but WORSE?

    WE ARE STILL BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, AND OUR VOTING RIGHTS WERE NEVER COUNTED, ANYWAY! These crackers do what they want to do; ain’t nothing changed and will NEVER change!!!

    Pale thangs will be pale thangs!!!

    • The type of racism hat you are displaying due to the complexion of a brother rather then his consciousness and experiences and knowledge is deplorable.
      Which is a threat to you?
      You can take nothing from this brother he is brilliant and accomplished .

      • berdellfleming: “The type of racism hat you are displaying due to the complexion of a brother rather then his consciousness and experiences and knowledge is deplorable.”

        YOU ARE ONE DUMB AZZ! Nowhere in my comment do I diss Mike Dyson! Do you know what a yankee is…a cracker?

        Evidently, you don’t know how to COMPREHEND and OBSERVE because a ‘normal’ brother or sister would’ve known I was talking about DeMint, who made that stupid comment!

        By the way…Blacks ARE STILL being treated like shyt by these racist yankees!

        I keep telling you dumb azzes BLACKS DO NOT PRACTICE RACISM!!! I see why you’re so da.mn dumb…you’re a minority!!!

        racism = the belief in, and practice of racial domination, discrimination, degradation and oppression by caucasoids.

        Therefore, HOW IN THE HE.LL can I practice racism; you stupid worm? ONLY crackers pratice racism and are racist! YOU MUST BE A CRACKER!!!


        • passulu maalik elkuluwm

          well there it is ! CRACKER !! why are you here? dont you have sites to go and rank about how your country is being over and
          taken away by these bad negro’s HIS-SPANIC’S ??