11/18/2005

Daily Kos: Jim Crow GOP wants blacks off the ballots

Jim Crow
by Armando
Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 02:07:48 PM CST

We've come a long way on race, right? Via Kevin Drum, and the Carpetbagger, maybe not:

The chief sponsor of Georgia's voter identification law told the Justice Department that if black people in her district "are not paid to vote, they don't go to the polls," and that if fewer blacks vote as a result of the new law, it is only because it would end such voting fraud.

....[Rep. Sue] Burmeister said Thursday that the memo's record of what she said "was more accurate than not," but added: "That sounds pretty harsh. I don't remember saying those exact words."

Well, as long as it was not those EXACT words.

Update [2005-11-18 15:20:30 by Armando]: Read the Carpetbagger, who really get into what the Bush Administration is on race:

A team of career DoJ lawyers and analysts reviewed the law and recommended rejecting it because it was likely to discriminate against black voters. Having direct accounts from Burmeister, the bill's chief sponsor, only made the discriminatory motive more obvious. And yet, political appointees of Bush immediately overrode the recommendation and cleared the law. Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman launched an outreach effort to African Americans a few months ago, characterizing that the Republicans' race problems as a thing of the past. He was wrong.

Daily Kos: Jim Crow

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