Civil rights activist compares court justices to KKK

“Today there are no white sheets, but there are judges in black robes in the U.S. Supreme Court who struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the floodgates in many states to pass more voter ID laws to block people of color and young people from voting, ” Melanie Campbell said at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Campbell is president and chief executive of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

She was referring to the high court’s June ruling that struck down Section 4 in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It was originally designed to prevent further racial discrimination in voting and protect minorities from being disenfranchised.

The section contained the formula applied to certain states where the Justice Department would have to approve any new voting laws before they were implemented.

A slew of GOP-controlled state legislatures passed strict voter ID laws over the last two years that require voters to bring specified identification to the polls to vote.

“Today, racism and inequality does not manifest itself in a white sheet, Jim Crow laws, poll taxes or barking dogs," Campbell said. "But the dogs are still biting in other ways.”