Have We Made Any Progress on Racial Politics?

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I read two books on Reconstruction and one on the 1970′s recently and I’m pretty convinced that we’ve made almost no progress on racial politics since then. Policy yes, but politics no. In the long run demographics will diminish white political power, but in the short run, the Civil Rights era laws and policies are the only thing standing in the way of a sharp return to the Southern past:

After the high court announced its momentous ruling Tuesday, officials in Texas and Mississippi pledged to immediately implement laws requiring voters to show photo identification before getting a ballot. North Carolina Republicans promised they would quickly try to adopt a similar law. Florida now appears free to set its early voting hours however Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP Legislature please. And Georgia’s most populous county likely will use county commission districts that Republican state legislators drew over the objections of local Democrats.

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5 Responses to Have We Made Any Progress on Racial Politics?

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  2. An Independent says:

    Really? You can’t be serious. Making someone show an ID is not the same as making someone take a test or doing other ridiculous things that Jim Crow laws did.

    And what exactly does Florida’s early voting hours have to do with anything? Any change will affect every race – the last time I checked there were “blacks only” jobs with specific hours for those jobs.

    And for Georgia – so what – every start jerrymanders their congressional districts. Democrats are pretty good at doing this as well and would if given the opportunity. Everyone knows that.

    • An Independent says:

      Correction. I missed a Not in the following paragraph:

      And what exactly does Florida’s early voting hours have to do with anything? Any change will affect every race – the last time I checked there were not “blacks only” jobs with specific hours for those jobs.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      The point of these laws is to play the averages. On average, more minority voters don’t have a state ID than white voters. It’s a nice trick since there’s so much wiggle room for folks like yourself to insist it’s not racist. But in fact the impact falls disproportionately on racial minority groups.

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