The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of several civil-rights organizations, claiming that a Florida law which denies ex-felons the right to vote was intended to discriminate against blacks. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
The state provided evidence that 70% of Florida’s 872,000 ex-felons are white, suggesting that the justice system in Florida is color-blind. Civil rights groups had apparently just assumed that the Florida law is racist. By jumping to that conclusion, they identified the true racists in the debate. Strange that a class action suit could get all the way to the Supreme Court before somebody realized they never did a demographic breakdown of the class they were representing.
I find it equally amusing that Florida Democrats widely support repeal of the law denying felons the right to vote. It is almost an admission that they believe most criminals vote Democratic.