According to the Richmond Times Dispatch
The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Hanover County to let the county and the town of Ashland “bail out” of “preclearance” requirements under the Voting Rights Act.
The consent decree, which must be approved by a federal court in Washington, means that the localities no longer would have to get the permission of the Justice Department or a federal judge before making changes in voting procedures. This follows a lengthy process in which the locality must show it has been free of any voter discrimination for at least a decade.
Any sane and civil Hanover County resident would applaud the fact that the United States department of Justice Civil Rights Division, after a lengthy review process has determined that their locality has been free of any voter discrimination for at least a decade. Most would agree with Hanover County Voter Registrar Teresa F. Smithson who said the status means, “simply that we have proven that we’re not a racist location anymore and that we will not disenfranchise voters based on color.”
Astonishingly not all Hanoverians are happy with the decree. Gordon Silver, chairman of the Hanover County Democratic Committee, called the announcement disappointing and Robert Barnette, president of the NAACP’s Hanover branch, said Monday night that his group will “continue to oppose” the change.
You see, when your power evolves from propagating the victim mentality, and an authoritarian declaration that there are no longer any victims then you are powerless. So instead of celebrating this achievement, they bemoan it. Sad, very very sad.