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COLORBLIND JUSTICE

John Roberts has made rolling back the Voting Rights Act a cornerstone of his career. Now the lower courts are pushing back.
President Reagan and John Roberts in the Oval Office, 1983

IN 2013, WHEN Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. issued the most far-reaching Supreme Court decision on voting rights in the 21st century, he finally succeeded in gutting a civil rights law he has been fighting his entire career. For three decades, Roberts has argued that the United States has become colorblind to the point where aggressive federal intervention on behalf of voters of color is no longer necessary—and this case, Shelby County v. Holder, was the pinnacle of that crusade.

Roberts honed his views on race and voting as a clerk for Justice

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