Skewering the Voting Rights Act Decision

Biting satirical commentary floods the Internet again, thanks to the Supreme Court and Twitter.

(The Root) — To say that Twitter is unhappy with Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act is an understatement. The court struck down Section 4 of the civil rights law, which essentially kept the South from further disenfranchising black voters when it was passed in 1965. The 5-4 decision ruled that “things have changed dramatically” since the VRA’s inception, and that the formula used to decide which geographical areas must run changes in voting procedures by the federal government needs to be updated.

For many, this ruling, in conjunction with Monday’s decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case, marks the beginning of a dangerous trend. With the potential loss of so much important legislation put in place to help minorities overcome the disadvantages of racism, how long until we’re back to poll taxes and literacy tests?

That’s the question that Twitter is currently asking, both outright and with another satirical hashtag, #VotingTestQuestions, which highlights the danger of believing America is postracial when it’s not. Take a look at some of the commentary and the hashtag’s funniest below.