NAACP report on supression of black vote: The new Jim Crow?

I am saddened by the fact that so many people do not see the dangers in allowing these changes to go into affect. If there had been a study that showed significant voter fraud, then I could understand the need to make changes. However, this is not the case. I hope that voters are paying attention and that they know the new laws that are in effect right now. We must stay on top of this.

A new NAACP report on the suppression of the black vote refers to recent right-wing political tactics as the new Jim Crow. Now the esteemed civil rights organization is working to stop what its leaders see as a sinister and racially motivated attack on the black vote.

In Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, the group asserts that conservatives are engaging in coordinated legal attacks nationwide to reverse protections gained by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In a call today held by NAACP leaders, Rev. William Barber called these ploys some of "the most massive state-sponsored [acts of] voter suppression we have seen for decades."

The president of the NAACP's North Carolina chapter went on to add, "We know what it looks like, whether it happens in the 19th, 20th, or 21st century," referring to tactics historically used to prevent blacks from voting. But today conservatives are working to influence state legislatures, rather than resorting to violent intimidation.

As a result, laws have passed in over 14 states introducing requirements that will effectively strip the vote from millions of African-Americans, Latinos, and the poor -- the very groups that helped America elect its first black president.

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