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    lcbo, devis1

    And it used to be the anti-republican party until LBJ and a Democratic congress passed anti-discrimination legislation in the 1960s, which undid Jim Crow. Then, the republicans capitalized on a southern strategy--gaining political support by racist appeals--and the "solid south" remained solidly racist (in its majorities)--this time Republican.

    To suggest that voter suppression laws are anti-democratic rather than racist seems a bit like claiming the Civil War was about (slave vs. industrial) economics rather than about slavery. Rich Lowry may be anti-democratic today, but his counteparts were anti-republican in another era. Lowry is a racist serving racist political institutions. Period.

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    by RudiB on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 12:43:14 PM PDT

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    •  No, that's not right. (1+ / 0-)
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      Jim Crow laws were about racism, overtly and literally. These are not. Now, if Republican-controlled states start reinstituting segregation and separating drinking fountains and the like, then I would be more convinced. They affect people of color inordinately, sure, but they affect people of little means even more inordinately. Until you show me that poor whites are also somehow privileged by these new laws, and that richer people of color are disenfranchised along with their ethnic cohort further down the ladder, I won't agree.

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      by bryduck on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 12:55:35 PM PDT

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      •  Well, yes, they do inordinately affect people of (1+ / 0-)
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        color. Just come down here to North Carolina where Sunday early voting has now been banned. Sundays are disproportionately days for African Americans to vote, in an organized way, led by church leaders. I have never heard of churches of white folks using Sundays as days when they organize to go vote, at least not here in North Carolina.

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