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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Jim Crow is alive and kicking

Anyone who is familiar with the variety of laws and strategies employed to purge the voter rolls of black voters in the South in the Jim Crow days won't be surprised at the ingenuity behind the newest rounds of ways to avoid counting black votes. And anyone who has heard any of the conservatives who have wistfully remarked about how the Republicans would win all the time if you don't count black votes shouldn't be surprised that there are efforts to make that fantasy a reality. Read this story, it should be blared from the front page of every newspaper until some shit gets fixed.
Josh Marshall, etc. have commented at length about how random comments and actions from prominent Republicans has demonstrated that they really think that minority votes are illegitimate somehow. It reminds me of living in El Paso in high school how the conservative gossip mill was scandalized because Democratic volunteers were supposedly giving poor people, all Hispanic, rides to the voting booths so that they could vote. They were only doing that for political gain, people gasped in shock and horror. If in fact this was really happening, then of course they were. But they were also doing a good thing, making sure that true suffrage was a reality for impoverished citizens. You can only think that there is a serious problem with giving poor people rides to the polls if you think that those people should have as many obstacles as possible between themselves and casting a vote.

Via Lying Media Bastards.

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