The stats backing John Legend’s slavery comparison at the Oscars – Quartz

February 23, 2015 6:31 PM

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Musicians John Legend and Common, who won the only Oscar awarded for Selma, used their time on stage to highlight the injustices still facing African Americans today.

Legend was talking about the ramifications for African Americans of the 2013 US Supreme Court decision that overturned Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which had required some states and locales—the ones with a history of discrimination—to get “preclearance,” or permission, before changing voting...

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