THE SOUTH--In response to the Supreme Court striking down a key portion of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, requiring certain southern states to seek federal approval before changing voting laws, white Southerners of all ages and backgrounds exchanged quiet nods and grins with one another as they went about their business, it was reported Monday.
"Good ruling," said Keith Peterson of Pelham, Alabama, a broad grin on his face revealing numerous missing teeth. "Good to see some common sense from the Supreme Court. Don't need no Washington bigwigs telling us what we can and can't do."
"It's nice when the Supreme Court does its job for once," said Jack Willis, as the entire town of Caledonia, Mississippi winked at him. "Good to have a little less federal involvement in our local affairs."
"We're quite pleased with what the justices done ruled," said a smiling George Jean as he exchanged the slightest of chin raises with the approximately 455 other residents of Hector, Arkansas. "Some might say it's the end of the Second Reconstruction. We'll show 'em how progressive the New South has become."
At press, bills requiring literacy tests to vote had been approved by 11 Southern legislatures.