The Congressional Black Caucus, minority voting rights, and the U.S. Supreme Court
- Rivers, Christina R.
- Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xiv, 212 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
KF4893 .R58 2012
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-202) and index.
- Competing approaches to law and voting minority rights
- Foundations of Black political activism : pushing idealist boundaries
- The Congressional Black Caucus : pushing legislative boundaries
- The Congressional Black Caucus : pushing constitutional boundaries
- The Supreme Court : pushing back
- Reconciling the present with the past.
- Publisher's Summary
- Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) claim to advocate minority political interests, yet they disagree over the intent and scope of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), as well as the interpretation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Whereas the Court promotes color-blind policies, the CBC advocates race-based remedies. Setting this debate in the context of the history of black political thought, Rivers examines a series of high-profile districting cases, from "Rodgers v. Lodge" (1982) through "NAMUDNO v. Holder" (2009). She evaluates the competing approaches to racial equality and concludes, surprisingly, that an originalist, race-conscious interpretation of the 14th Amendment, along with a revised states' rights position regarding electoral districting, may better serve minority political interests.
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- Publication date
- Christina R. Rivers.
- Title Variation
- Congressional Black Caucus, minority voting rights, and the United States Supreme Court