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Racial Projects - Group 5

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John Fernandez

on 15 September 2014

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Transcript of Racial Projects - Group 5

Racial Projects - Group 5
Introduction Video
The public's response to recent decisions pertaining the Voting Rights Act.
The Public's disagreement with the Supreme Court ideology
The Grandfather Clause

Louisiana Literacy Test Example
Supreme Court
Invalidates parts of the
Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act of 1965
At the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, former president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into effect. It was designed to prevent voter discrimination in the South, primarily towards African Americans.
This legislation removed many obstacles interfering with Black voter participation such as literacy tests and the grandfather clause.
How does your group’s racial project meet their definition of a racial project?
According to Omi and Winant, racial projects use the interpretation of racial dynamics to redistribute social resources amongst different racial lines.

Historically the representation of African American voters was lacking due to discriminatory legislation. The Supreme Court Ruling is an example of a Racial Project because though their intentions may be towards an ideal of their own we cannot be sure that the states that have gained back their power will not abuse this legislation against ethnic minorities.
Final Comments
The court’s ruling of the constitutionality of segments of the Voting Rights Act is misconstrued due to the fact that discrimination is a continuing battle. To say “our country has changed” or that America’s social structure has altered so that every racial group’s representation will be completely protected may be a misguided notion. The Supreme Court Justices intentions have created a racial project that may leave minority groups underrepresented by returning political power to the Southern States that had historically abused it.
Who is behind a racial project?
Omi and Winant believed race to be socially constructed and that racial categories were determined by social, economic and political powers.

In this case the Supreme Court and majority of the Social Justices have enacted the restriction of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which deals with gaining the Justice Department’s approval of major and minor voting procedures in state affairs. Giving back political power to the Southern States.
What do Omi and Winant mean by a Racial Project?
Racial Project: "an interpretation, representation, or explanation of racial dynamics, and an effort to reorganize and redistribute resources along particular racial lines."
How does a racial project connect representation and social structure?
The Supreme Court Justices state that the current coverage system is, "based on 40-year old facts having no logical relationship to the present day."

This racial project involves the belief that our country has taken "great strides" over discrimination and that it no longer needs parts of the VR Act.
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