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How The 8th Circuit's Ruling Echoes the Struggle of Rosa Parks

  When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that Montgomery bus in 1955, she was exercising more than defiance; she was claiming her right to equal treatment under the law—a principle that would eventually lead to monumental changes across the United States. Yet, a recent ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals casts a long shadow over the legacy of Parks and the countless individuals who have fought for civil rights through the legal system. The court's decision, which restricts the ability to sue under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to the U.S. Department of Justice, effectively removes a vital tool from the hands of private citizens and organizations like the NAACP—groups that stand on the frontlines against racial discrimination in voting. This move to limit who can bring a racial gerrymandering suit to court is more than a legal technicality; it is a barrier potentially as obstructive as the one Rosa Parks faced on that bus. If Parks were with us today, facing a
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