Jim Crow 2.0?

Submitted by ub on Fri, 04/02/2021 - 17:07

USA Voting rights, specifically the disenfranchisement of different groups, has been a moral and political issue throughout history. American eligibility to vote is governed by the Constitution as well as by federal and state laws. Since the GOP is not willing to vote for voting rights, and if the only way to safeguard our fundamental right to vote is to blow up the filibuster, then ignore Republican taunts and just do it.

Jim Crow laws were local laws that enforced racial segregation in the South. The legislation was enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by white Southern Democrat-dominated state legislatures to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by black people during the Reconstruction period. The Republican lily-white party supported the exclusion.

In 46 other states across the country, the Republican Party is trying to keep Black and brown people and other members of the Democratic Party's base from voting. They are trying to keep the GOP in power indefinitely. These four Republican Governors on top represent the new GOP Jim Crow Republican Party's attacks on American's right to vote is about much more than just voting rights. It is all about voting wrongs and an attack on the humanity and dignity of all citizens.

Now, major organizations and corporations are beginning to speak up and fight back. For example, #MLB is moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in July in response to new Georgia voting restrictions.  “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”