Do you need any more “evidence” of the discriminatory intent of these so-called “voter ID” laws than the Ohio Secretary of State’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court? This ground has been plowed so much now that actual crops (votes) are beginning to sprout. Here on Allvoices.com, steady reports have documented this nationwide phenomenon, most of them against, but a few in favor of “voter ID” efforts.
The Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, has finally decided to appeal the 6th Circuit Court’s decision to restore “early voting” to all Ohio voters. This comes on the heels of a similar decision by a Pennsylvania court just a couple of weeks ago to knock down “voter ID” laws in that state. Republican Party-affiliated leaders there are spearheading those efforts as well.
Even more damning, however, is a recent study indicating that the citizens most affected by these laws just happen to be black, brown and likely members of the Democratic Party. What gets me is how “certain people” continue to deny that this whole process is race-based – not even politically or partisan-based. White Democratic Party areas are not so targeted, you see.
This kind of denial of evidence that slaps you in the face reveals a deeper problem. This kind of denial is akin to the ostrich which sticks its head in the sand hoping that the big, bad lion won’t see it, because he refuses to see the lion. The problem of white racism won’t go away and will not be overcome until it is confronted openly, directly by white people themselves. This is not a “black” problem. Black people, brown people, red people, yellow people – all are fine with being just “people.” It is the white folks who seem to have a problem with the rest of us. There is a “white” attitude that has acted as a drag on the whole of humanity for at least a couple of thousand years now.
And it must stop. You see, the world yearns to move forward; but this sort of thing…this “I gotta always be on top” sorta thing is holding everybody back, even white folks themselves.
One not so small example, beyond this latest voting scam that Republicans have concocted, is capitalism itself. Isn’t it clear by now that “capitalism” only works to empower and enrich a few and impoverish the rest? Both locally, and globally. Isn’t “white racism/white supremacy” built into capitalism’s DNA? That is, globally, why is the white 20 percent of the world’s population living in relative luxury at the expense of the dark 80 percent? Why do the same proportions and percentages obtain locally – everywhere -- as well?
What these “voter ID” and other versions of voter suppression are designed to do is to maintain white suptremacy in this nation. Obama has upset the applecart, and the hardcore racists cannot handle it. They have come together, united, and now intend to “take back” what is rightfully theirs – by any means necessary.
Let me be clear. The reason Obama probably will not win has nothing whatever to do with policy differences between him and Romney. It has everything to do with white racism and white supremacy – which, as black people know only too well – will stop at nothing to maintain that supremacy.
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