Civil Dispute

By Bill Maher

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to keep the Voting Rights Act intact. A lot of the argument has focused on whether or not there's still racism in the South, but I'll leave that to the great minds of our time, like Hank Williams, Jr. The more interesting question to me is: does the Voting Rights Act still help minorities?

I'd argue it doesn't.

This isn't a civil rights problem; it's a math problem. The Voting Rights Act requires "majority minority" districts, and what this does is bunch all the folks who can dance into a few congressional districts. This gives them less power in the other districts, and creates a bunch of lily-white Republican zones, thus giving Republican candidates no incentives to appeal to minority voters.

Is that really a good thing?