Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jim Crow Stampede

This photo was taken in 1925. Republicans hope by 2025 to return black and Hispanic voting patterns to those halcyon days.
The rush of Confederate states to reinstate Jim Crow voting restrictions following the Supreme Court's ruling invalidating the 15th Amendment is stunning. The ink was not even dry on the ruling before half of the Confederacy jumped to institute burdensome restrictions that will, magically, mostly be applied to minorities, students, and the elderly.

Add in the Citizens United case and the Supreme Court may have dealt death blows to the concept of universal suffrage. The vote will soon only belong to the rich whites (In my first draft I Freudian typed "rich shits" which, come to think of it, is also accurate). Although I have to give Chief Justice John Roberts credit for hiding the destruction of voting rights behind a limited, and likely short-lived, expansion of gay rights.

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