I read two books on Reconstruction and one on the 1970’s recently and I’m pretty convinced that we’ve made almost no progress on racial politics since then. Policy yes, but politics no. In the long run demographics will diminish white political power, but in the short run, the Civil Rights era laws and policies are the only thing standing in the way of a sharp return to the Southern past:
After the high court announced its momentous ruling Tuesday, officials in Texas and Mississippi pledged to immediately implement laws requiring voters to show photo identification before getting a ballot. North Carolina Republicans promised they would quickly try to adopt a similar law. Florida now appears free to set its early voting hours however Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP Legislature please. And Georgia’s most populous county likely will use county commission districts that Republican state legislators drew over the objections of local Democrats.