Monday, December 05, 2005

The War on Black Voters

Expanding on last week's post on the Justice Department...

There is an editorial in today's New York Times tracing the same trend I had pointed out, in which Bush appointees at the department have been overruling professional lawyers working there who have cited various state moves as violations of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. To those actions we must remember to add to efforts of Republican Senator Chris Bond of Missouri to limit the numbers of poor voters allowed to cast ballots.

Bond has sought to pass legislation in the Senate that would outlaw voter registration activities in public housing developments (more commonly known in the big cities as "the projects"). His rationale, laughable on its face, is that housing built with public tax dollars should be used for only one thing: housing.

The obvious, and more honest, explanation is that housing projects are full of likely Democratic voters -- poor blacks and Latinos -- and that Bond, like so many in his party at the national level, is simply flexing his creative muscles in looking for new ways to disempower and dienfranchise these communities toward the goal of increasing his own paty's power.

There was a time when those concerned about such flagrant injustices could turn to the federal courts for relief. But with the courts being salted with appointments made by George W. Bush -- a man who came to the White House through the disenfranchisement of countless blacks -- our chances for justice there have declined in recent years.

A best recourse remains an informed populace. It becomes too easy for those with designs on our electoral influence to steal that which is rightfully ours if we aren't prepared to raise an educated ruckus. Spread the word; keep these chumps honest (relatively speaking).

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