NAACP Attacks New Voting Laws

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Both parties recognize that minority voters could spell the difference between victory and defeat in next year's election. Changing demographic numbers underscore the importance of Latinos especially on polling day. And there are any number of voter registration efforts going on to try and get more blacks and Latinos to the polls. But in a new reports, according to the NAACP, there is concerted effort to disenfranchise African-American and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election. They say that new voting laws are an attack on minority voting rights. In fact, the NAACP will be petitioning the United Nations on Saturday over new laws in 25 states that they say target blacks and unfairly restrict the right to vote.

President and CEO of the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous talks more about these actions.

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So the Democrat machine in the late 19th century was shamefully and cynically intent on exploiting racial animus and tension in elections for political gain and sought to influence the culture to favor Democrat candidates.
How are they different in this century?

Dec. 07 2011 12:46 PM
Charles

Let's examine this story.

The NAACP is conducting what is obviously an event of political theatre; a petition of some kind to the United Nations, which will certainly have no bearing on U.S. election law, but is designed to provoke attention, in an inflammatory way.

The NAACP has wrapped an additional bit of political theatere around the UN; a "march" of some kind in New York City. And if the NAACP wanted free publicity to promote its theatre, WNYC/PRI/NPR has neatly obliged, by doing this story and providing Ben Jealous with a public radio network platfrom from which to announce the date, time and location of the march.

I think I'd like someone from The Takeaway to let us know, when and if the program has, or will in the near future, interview someone to comment on the states' various proposals to reform election/voter id requirements to combat voter fraud and other election abuses.

Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama, himself an African-American, has an opposing view and does not reflexively beleive that voter id laws are discriminatory against blacks.

The State of Indiana reformed its voter id requirements; the reform law was challenged on constitutional grounds and the Indiana law was upheld before the US Supreme Court. One of the lawyers defending that law might have been a good interview subject.

Or former FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, who has already appeared on other NPR programming to defend voter id reform laws form spurious claims of racism or racist motivations.

The Takeaway has done none of that as far as I am aware. Leaving listeners like me with the inescapable conclusion that there is a political agenda at work on the program; one that is aligned with the political goals of the NAACP.

Dec. 07 2011 12:14 PM

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