This Friday night on MSNBC, host Martin Bashir welcomed Touré, co-host of The Cycle, who discussed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s remarks that characterized the 1965 Voting Rights Act as a “racial entitlement.”
With no hesitation, Touré ripped into the justice’s statements, calling them “completely racist” and wondered how Scalia could make such a statement in the wake of so much evidence of vote suppression from the 2012 election.
On Wednesday, Scalia said that the repeated renewals of the Voting Rights Act since its inception was “a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement.”
“There, isn’t that hilarious?” said Bashir, asserting that Scalia was injecting “race-baiting and overt bias” into arguments before the Supreme Court.
In response, Touré echoed the remarks of Justice Sonia Sotomayor when he asked, “Is fairness a racial entitlement? Is protecting people’s right to vote a racial entitlement?”
“We have these shenanigans happening all the time,” Touré said, referring to attempts by Republican officials in certain states to stifle African-American voter turnout.
“And protecting them is an entitlement?” Touré asked incredulously. “So, you’re giving us the right to vote, as if we were the takers in this game of makers and takers? That whole language is completely racist.”
Watch the MSNBC video below.