Your View: Repeal Voting Rights Act when hatred ends

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 09:50 PM

Supreme Court Justice Atonin Scalia believes a condition of the 1965 Voting Rights Act regulating voting procedures in nine Southern states is comparable to “racial entitlement.”  Fueled by hateful sentiments and a theology of exclusion, these states elevated the notion of white supremacy to an insufferable extreme.  And, as usual, those least affected by institutional malevolence are either euphoric over a possible return to this state of heartlessness, or are convinced of some new and benevolent America that does not exist.
Just recently, an African American baby was slapped and called the “N” word by a company president.  In a matter of seconds a baby was reduced to a detestable “thing” that deserves little consideration in life.  Meanwhile, North Carolina legislators are pursuing an immoral agenda that further complicates the lives of those suspended on the precipice of disaster.  Their petty rejection of the Affordable Care Act is indicative of an indifference that is impossible to mistake for graciousness.
And what about the viciousness exhibited in many editorial letters?  I have never seen such a collection of vitriolic garbage and rabid religiosity masquerading as popular consensus.  But to me, the most damaging indictment of entrenched bigotry is the testimony of a person I love dearly.  She is the captive audience of friends and family members who casually spew the venom of ignorance as if it is an obligation of her white heritage.
Repeal the Voting Rights Act, but only to a repentant society.  Too many in the United States continue to exist in the shadows of a bestial past with no intention of moving forward if progress means accepting that all people are God’s children have equal worth.  Removing the legislative restraints while hatred thrives is inadvisable.
ANDREA L. JACKSON
High Point

No ‘tenure’ for all government workers
Phil Berger has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would eliminate tenure for teachers. I have no problem with eliminating tenure for teachers, but he didn’t go far enough. I think that ‘’tenure’’ should be eliminated for ALL government employees. I believe that all government employees should be limited to 10 years at any government agency, or program. Also there should be term limits for all elected officials.
CHUCK MANN
Greensboro

YOUR VIEW POLLS

Sen. Stan Bingham has introduced Senate Bill 138 to allow N.C. high schools to offer elective courses in historical study of the Bible as long as they maintained religious neutrality and diversity of views, traditions and perspectives. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com.
• Any student who wants to learn about the Bible can attend Sunday school at a High Point church.  Schools are having to cut expenses now, so why add additional courses.