That was the first paragraph, title captioned above, in Thursday May 17th New York Times publication.
I ask readers to harken to blog post titled Obama’s race problem posted May 16th a day before this NY Times report was published. In that blog I commented on the changing face of America and the need for those who traditionally wielded power to now appreciate the need for a more conciliatory approach,based on those very dynamics.
That blog was in no way shaped by any of the information within the NY Times report, and couldn’t have, as it was written and prepared and published a day before the Times report.
All over the United States in state after state there are laws being enacted in state legislatures to suppress votes. Republican majority in States like Florida, North Carolina have launched all out assault on a problem which does not exist, voter fraud.
One state legislator, when confronted by the Reverend Al Sharpton, civil rights activist, head of the National Action network, TV, and Radio host stated that the laws were designed to stamp out massive voter fraud. The massive voter fraud he alluded turned out to be three cases alleged over a period of three years, a grand total of one allegation per year out of millions and millions of votes cast.
The reverend Al Sharpton.
What that and other instances of deceit revealed was that the laws were a solution looking for a problem. Which leads us to ask what is the reason why anyone would want to enact laws which would invariably lead to voter suppression?
Republican rage at an intellectual savvy African-American in the White House has galvanized massive grass-roots efforts in the Tea-Party and other non-traditional movements as well as republican state legislatures, to come up with a slew of anti-immigrant, anti-voting rights bills that are being passed with alarming alacrity and frightening ferocity, in states all over America.
Make no mistake about it, older white Americans were used to seeing things run by whites, now they go to the gas station they see people of middle-eastern ancestry, they look all over their neighborhoods they see Hispanics all around them. And most frightening of all, in their White House is a black family.
They are scared stiff, and understandably so, but how effective a policy will it be to double down on racial policies that excluded and assaulted racial minorities in the past?
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) introduced an amendment to cut all funding for enforcement of a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 intended to prevent racial discrimination. The provision, Section 5, requires a number of states and counties, mostly in the South, to receive federal approval before changing their election laws.(Huffington post .com)
Long time civil rights activist and Georgia congressman stepped up and launched a broadside against Broun’s disgusting amendment. In that broadside Congressman Lewis had this to say.
Congressman John Lewis Democrat. Georgia.
“It is hard and difficult and almost unbelievable that any member, but especially a member from the state of Georgia, would come and offer such an amendment,” Lewis said, recounting the history of struggles over voters’ rights. “It’s shameful that you would come here tonight and say to the Department of Justice that you must not use one penny, one cent, one dime, one dollar to carry out the mandate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.” “People died for the right to vote — friends of mine, colleagues of mine,” Lewis said. “I speak out against this amendment.”
It seem that in the annals of history, the republican party is content to be cast as irrelevant, outdated racist, and uncompromising. Forever relegating itself to a discarded relic on the dust heap of time. It appears that like wounded prey, the republican party will retreat into outdated irrelevant policies litigated and lost decades ago. Content to be the party of southern white men, angry, bitter, and afraid.
America is great, not despite fresh infusion of energy, dynamism, intellect, and drive, but because of it.
Cynics and hate mongers will try to convince you that America’s best days are behind her, not true, the dynamic unencumbered freedom of people from all over the world , comimg here striving , reaching , clawing for that brass ring at the top will forever cast America as the shining city on the hill Ronald Reagan spoke about. The more “United” States of America Dr. King dreamt about.
Like a roaring river, fed by hundreds of tributaries and streams, so too is this great land made great as a result of the fresh waves of immigrants who come, bright-eyes, calloused hands , ready to work, to dream, to achieve.
Yes America’s best days are ahead of her, for all, black , white, brown, yellow, for everyone.