(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.
Literacy tests finna be Tolstoy. RT @brokeymcpoverty: poll tax finna shoot up like gas prices
— Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) June 25, 2013
“Racism is bad, but guys, c’mon, it’s not *that* bad.” ~ SCOTUS
— Mychal Denzel Smith (@mychalsmith) June 25, 2013
The way this week is shaping up, Paula Deen may just be able to get the wedding reception she was looking for.
— Freddy Bruckshot (@Jamaicanhitman) June 25, 2013
Damn, that citizenship thing was so great for awhile.
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) June 25, 2013
*Oprah voice* YOU GET A POLL TAX! YOU GET A POLL TAX! EVERYBODY GETS A POLL TAX! (AND HERE, TAKE THIS ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST KTHANXBYE.)
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) June 25, 2013
Q: Do you live closer to a Whole Foods or a Family Dollar? #votingtestquestions