By Cleta Mitchell, American Greatness
For people who call themselves “progressive,” leftists are astonishingly hostile to progress.
Seemingly mired in 1965, congressional Democrats bulldozed through the U.S. House of Representatives in a special session last month a so-called voting rights bill, H.R. 4, with no Republican support. Named after the late U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.), Democrats have lavished praise upon themselves for a bill they claim would address what they call “racial discrimination in voting.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the bill would “give the federal government new power over states’ voting procedures, a change Democrats say is needed to protect the political power of minority voters.”
Michael Waldman, president of the left-wing Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, pronounced H.R. 4 a “much-needed voting rights bill,” adding, “The facts show that racial discrimination in voting has followed us into the 21st century. Recently it is getting worse, not better. The gap between white voters’ turnout rates and nonwhite voters’ rates has been widening nationwide, especially in states once covered by a strong Voting Rights Act.”
What facts are those?
The U.S. Census Bureau reported in April that the 2020 election had the highest voter turnout of any election in the 21st century. The census report shows that nationwide, 74.2 percent of eligible white citizens and 69 percent of black citizens are registered to vote. Of those registered, the 2020 turnout was 71 percent for whites with 63 percent turnout for black voters.
According to Catalist, a Democratic data management company:
Voters in the 2020 elections represented the most diverse electorate in history:
- Black voter turnout increased by 14% just between 2016 and 2020
- Hispanic voter turnout increased by 31% just between 2016 and 2020
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, in its 2015 report, “Fifty Years of the Voting Rights Act,” found, “Since 1965, the black/white racial gap in voter turnout has decreased dramatically in presidential elections. Turnout among black Southerners exceeded that of their white counterparts in four of the twelve presidential elections since 1965, and nationwide black turnout clearly exceeded white turnout in presidential elections in 2012 and perhaps in 2008.”
As a basis of comparison: the voter turnout in Southern states in 1960 was 75 percent white and 25 percent black; by 2012, Southern states voter turnout was 64 percent white and 78 percent black.
If you read and listen to the white liberal media, you will not see or hear any of these facts.
A “special report” by NBC 5 in Dallas-Ft. Worth in October claimed “Today, voters in Mississippi face a series of government-created barriers that make it . . . far and away the most difficult state in which to vote.”
In reality, census data show that white voter turnout in Mississippi last year was 68.5 percent while the black voter turnout was 72.4 percent. Poor Mississippi gets no credit from progressives for its progress in black voting participation.
And what about those “restrictions” described by the NBC report? Laws governing absentee voting, no early voting, no online registration, absentee ballots that must be witnessed by notaries and voter ID laws, which the report claims “overwhelmingly affect the poor and minorities, since they are less likely to have state-approved identification.”
The allegation that voter identification requirements are “racist” is a myth that Democrats repeat over and over, hoping to persuade the American people of their claim. But it isn’t working. Americans of every demographic group favor voter ID, including a clear majority of African Americans, 58 percent of whom support presenting an ID to secure their vote.
The most powerful statement about voter ID being used as a political weapon rather than being rooted in fact came from North Carolina Lt. Governor Mark Robinson (R-N.C.) in his testimony this year before the House Judiciary Committee. The first black lieutenant governor in state history, Robinson spoke eloquently of the sordid past endured by black Americans, then traced the accomplishments that blacks have achieved over time, describing American black history as one that adds up “to an incredible story of victory.”
“Today, we hear . . . that black voices are being silenced . . . Black voices [are] being kept out,” Robinson said.
“How? By bullets? By bombs? By nooses? No. By requiring a free ID to secure the vote. Let me say that again: By requiring a free ID to secure the votes. How absolutely preposterous! Am I to believe that black Americans who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the civil rights movement, and now sit in the highest levels of this government, cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes, that they need to be coddled by politicians, because they don’t think we can figure out how to make our voices heard? Are you kidding me? The notion that black people must be protected from a free ID in order to secure their votes, is not just insane, it is insulting . . . This doesn’t have anything to do with justice. It has everything to do with power. . . . “
H.R. 4 would outlaw the use of voter ID. But Robinson is right. These “voting rights bills” flying through the Democratic House, and teetering in the divided U.S. Senate, have everything to do with power.
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