MLK Speaker Compares Supreme Court To KKK

Melanie Campbell

How is this sort of rhetoric helpful to anything in the United States today? Melanie Campbell, the president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, compared the Justices on the Supreme Court to the KKK because she disagrees with their ruling on a voting law case. Does this encourage civic participation?

[She] said though black Americans are not threatened by biting dogs and KKK members in white hoods, the “dogs are still biting in other ways” and there is still “racism and inequality.”

She said, “Today there are no white sheets, but there are judges in black robes in the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the floodgates in many states to pass more voter ID laws… with the goal of ensuring we never see a black man elected to the president, or woman, of the United states of America.”

Is she saying that Americans with dark skin are incapable of obtaining a valid ID?