After the Voting Rights Act was gutted in 2013, it's still working for white conservatives. Maybe not so much for others. It's August 6th and a time to remember and act.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/6/1685214/-Honor-the-annive...

A repost from Daily Kos blogger Denise Oliver Valez giving us THE comprehensive history and current layout of the Voting Rights Act of August 6,1965. I lived in America before it. Now I'm thinking I'm going to be living in America without it. It's not an America I ever want to see again...yet, here it comes, if we do nothing.

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Comment by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 9:52pm

I'm very curious how the midterms will come out next year. We better be prepared to work.

Comment by Ron Powell on August 7, 2017 at 2:03am

"Work" isn't the word. "Fight" is more fitting. The folks who "worked" to gut the Voting Rights Act won't permit a restoration without a fight.

Gutting that vital piece of civil rights legislation is the central/key element of their continued success at surpression of the vote s of the black and brown communities.

I said that Hillary Clinton's election fuck-up would cost the country 50 years of hard won social and political progress. I was wrong. Trump's minions are attempting to push the clock all the way back to the post reconstruction Jim Crow era....

Is there any wonder why Congressional Republican conservatives have drawn the line at Sessions' office door and told Trump that if he crosses the line, " There will be holy hell to pay." According to Sen. Lindsay Graham,  R-South Carolina....

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/holy-hell-pay-graham-w...

Comment by MV Neland on August 7, 2017 at 11:35am

@Ron - HRC losing as she won by 3,000,000 in California of counted ballots and by an additional 3,000,000 suppressed ballots in the Rust Belt Republicans prevented from being cast - that puts HRC up, er, let me... 6,922,500 popular votes and over 300 electoral votes. HRC ONLY appeared to lose.  That's the evil beauty of voter suppression as the RNC enjoys it. It's already well entrenched. It's been in mass since 2000 and put on steroids in 2013. 

I do, however, agree with the absolute brilliance of your other keen 

Comment by Ron Powell on August 7, 2017 at 11:42am

If HRC was paying attention and being diligent re the effect/impact of supprssesion the race would not have been close enough for the Republicans to 'steal' it.

Comment by MV Neland on August 7, 2017 at 12:05pm

@Ron - HRC losing as she won by 3,000,000 in California of counted ballots and by an additional 3,000,000* suppressed ballots in the Rust Belt Republicans prevented from being cast - that puts HRC up, er, let me... 6,922,500 popular votes and over 300 electoral votes. HRC ONLY appeared to lose.  That's the evil beauty of voter suppression as the RNC enjoys it. It's already well entrenched. It's been in mass since 2000 and put on steroids in 2013. 

*The 3,000,000 blocked votes is a judicial estimate by a judge in Wisconsin. Yet, the DNC does nothing but implode upon itself and its winning candidates.

I do, however, agree with the absolute brilliance of your other conclusions in your comment. No one could be more spot on, Ron.

@koshersalaami - each DNC candidate in RNC controlled states will likely need to bring in over 1/4 more votes than will either be counted or allowed to be cast. That is, they will need to compensate for the expected stolen and suppressed votes in order to have a chance of winning an unfair competition.

But, if more whites became concerned about voter suppression, then i do believe we could have fairer and more honest elections as soon as 2018. The courts support identifying and rectifying voter suppression. Just not the marjority of white people apparently. Maybe they erroneously figure it doesn't effect them. But, of course it does in that without enough people of color votes, the DNC will NOT win elections and the RNC will. I shake my head.

Comment by Ron Powell on August 8, 2017 at 9:48am

A significant component/element of white privilege is indifference to the institutional racism that is a controlling aspect of the social, political, and economic environment that black and brown people must navigate and survive on a daily/hourly basis.

Complacency, lethargy, obliviousness, and imperviousness aren't too far behind indifference on most scenarios ...

Comment by MV Neland on August 8, 2017 at 12:49pm

@Ron - you said it!

@anyone and everyone - Please involve yourself in this issue if you can bear dealing with the wall of denial surrounding our woeful election. Most state systems are largely based on trust of the supervisors NOT interfering or manipulating the election, yet there was reported (usually just once) instance after instance of election board misdeeds in the Rust Belt states suppressing the vote of minorities while Trump got most of the media attention creating debate over voter fraud as he bloviated about bus loads of blacks crossing state lines to vote twice as both a distraction from the real culprits abd as a "who to blame" if the tampering were ever discovered.  Stein suspected this and sued. Trump counter sued and won, successfully shutting down ALL investigations regarding the vote based on Stein not having garnered enough votes to be considered an injured party to bring suit in the first place. The DNC stayed clear not wanting an embarrassing repeat of 2000 (which Gore actual won once ALL the Florida counties were recounted in an experiment by the NYTs a year later. Too little too late). A better planned sham from beginning to end could not have been pulled off.

The most common response i see or hear regarding voter suppression when talking face to face or in the media, from just about ANY media, is a blank stare. Something immediately and purposefully, if not consciously, disconnects from the information whenever it is brought up. Then, it's "disappeared." That's institutionalized white privilege at work on white psyches. Like any and all institutionalized privilege, YOU don't have to THINK about it or DO anything - just let it happen.

Take Kansas's Kris Kobach, Trump campaigner, now leading the new federal voting integrity program. This new program replaced the actual existing voting rights protection program in the DOJ that took citizen complaints...shuttered it and ALL said complaints the FIRST day of Trump's presidency.  This new service's priority is to root out voter fraud while insisting that voter suppression is a myth. 2016  was the first time ever use of Kobach's Crosscheck computer software that allowed the usual 1 million black and Latino votes suppressed each federal election by the usual means to balloon into an estimated 3 million!  All similar names minus their middle initial coukd be consudered "duplicates" abd suspect. Names intentionally selected and entered for cross referencing could be tossed out on election day by the election board. John Smith would not be entered. But, Juan Hernadez would be.  Anita Guiterrez would be. Cal Cleveland definitely. Vlad Putin, not. So on and so forth. And, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 by the SCOTUS, allowed states to NOT have to report these changes or removals.  

NO ONE STOPS THIS but a few small advocacy groups and a handful of decent judges. When Kobach recently asked all the states for data on voters, it WAS for the purpose of running everyone's name through his software!  No one even addressed Crosscheck, as though it never existed. No one wants to do the math.

That so many blacks share the same name - an outcome of slavery - blacks will be tossed out in far higher numbers than whites who make up a larger immigrant population and, therefore, more diversity in names. I do believe Kobach and Trump, in their historical ignorance of race and their own racism and their white privilege, see these do called duplicate names and reach the conclusion that blacks are committing voter fraud by the millions! Someone saw a group of blacks on a church bus heading over a stateline to a church jamboree and are just sure of it!

 

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