You guys are ridiculous. For one, the fact that in some of these States are on their way to being minority-majority, have tons of black elected officials and etc seems to be totally escaping your attention. I guess all the black voters in places like Mississippi and Georgia are so week and infantile they’ll never be able to do anything about the invincible white Gods of the South without the Federal government protecting them?
Please, you guys know a lot of these localities have black mayors now? Black aldermen/city council members etc.
I’m not saying there won’t be shenanigans–but there are shenanigans all throughout the north, in Ohio, Pennsylvania etc. The country really is very different than it was in the 60s. In the 60s almost no black person in the South had ever cast a vote in an election and almost none of them were registered. Now, they have higher participation in politics than whites in the South.
In States like Texas, Tejanos are on their way to being the largest ethnic group and I guess they’ll just be cool with being disenfranchised. It’s not like they have any political clout in Texas or anything. (And the nefarious, law in Texas that sends SDMB posters screeching like children into the night? Basically the same deal Ohio had, which obviously whatever its intent didn’t do jack or shit to hurt minority turnout in Ohio in 2012.)
When you have no black voters, “legal whack a mole” to keep promulgating new regulations is a good way to keep your district from ever having black voters. When you have nearly 80% registered and participating in politics all that whack a mole actually gets attention and leads to elected officials losing elections. Not to mention, and I know that on the SDMB this is an impossible to believe concept, whites in the South are not nearly as racist as they were in the 1960s either.
Even in places like Arizona or Texas or Ohio the various voter law stuff is only palatable because 1) it’s an easy that people easily can be confused on ("Why shouldn’t someone have to produce ID to vote? How can we prevent voter fraud??–the average voter has no idea voter fraud is rare percentage wise), 2) and it’s easy to sell it (“stop those illegals from voting!” Whatever negative thoughts you have about Texans or Arizonans, I promise even in the South and Southwest if a politician was trying to pass voting laws and said, “It’s because I don’t want blacks or Hispanics voting” they would fare very poorly in the court of public opinion. You guys act like this new assault on voting rights would happen in secret, it wouldn’t.
Also, the next time someone wants to talk poll taxes or literacy tests please shut up. Acting like this ruling in any way allows them means you don’t know anything about how the ruling and what it strikes down or what actually prohibits poll taxes and literacy tests in the first place. (Hint: not the VRA.)
Only one part of the VRA was struck down and no, for people that don’t know anything about the VRA it wasn’t “the ability to enforce it” but thanks for playing.
This is another in a long line of recent threads that’s leading me to think the posters on this forum are about as informed on the issues as the group that runs Conservapedia or the High Road Gun Forum or something like that. Nothing but hyperbole and half-facts here.