During the Supreme Court’s oral arguments over whether to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts asked the U.S. government’s attorneys a question that many blacks in the South already know the answer to: “Is it the government’s submission that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?”
One Georgia family recently came face to face with a Jim Crow act of racism in *post-racial* 2013. Four brothers who share a home in Woodstock, Georgia say they were inside their home on Sunday when they saw something glowing outside. They ran outside and found a cross burning in their front yard.
In addition to the cross burning, someone left two large chunks of deer meat on their front porch:
Kenny Louis said he and his brothers have been sleeping in one hour shifts so that they’re not caught off guard if the vandals return.
“We don’t know why, we don’t know what’s the next step or how far they’re willing to go,” Louis told WSB-TV.
One of the brothers ran outside with a shotgun after the incident because he was afraid for his brother’s children, who were all inside the home at the time of the incident.
“Don’t feel safe at home anymore. Don’t feel safe sleeping,” Kerry Louis said. “Don’t come back again. Don’t come back again, we’ve got guns and stuff.”
Although no one can be sure what triggered this cross burning, UC Davis law professor Christopher Elmendorf and UC Berkeley doctoral student Douglas Spencer analyzed data from the 2008 National Annenberg Election survey about nonblack Americans’ attitudes towards blacks and found a “strong correlation” between six of the Southern states covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and anti-black prejudice.
Hope this all helps Justice Roberts sort things out.