(Actually these tactics have been consistently used since the 70's, in EVERY STATE, but especially in any areas with large Black and/or minority populations, but also in parts of the country that don't have large Black/and/or minority populations merely to keep those minorities disenfranchised from and/or powerless in America's political processes and outcomes.) i.e., It's not ONLY South Carolina.) (See "Gerrymandering")
Need to Know, January 20, 2012: Voting, power and South Carolina
Nearly half a century after the passage of the federal Voting Rights Act, African-Americans throughout the deep south still find themselves with little real power. In a report from South Carolina on the eve of the GOP primary there, anchor Jeff Greenfield describes how the sharp rise in the number of black state lawmakers creates the mistaken impression of greater black power. Greenfield also interviews two of the state’s leading political analysts about the GOP presidential primary.
And: This week’s American Voices essay features Bernard Lafayette, a prominent 1960s civil rights leader who discusses what he believes are organized efforts to undo black voting rights today.
Watch the individual segments:
In a report from South Carolina on the eve of the GOP primary there, anchor Jeff Greenfield describes how the sharp rise in the number of black state lawmakers creates the mistaken impression of greater black power.
Host Jeff Greenfield speaks with two of the state’s leading political analysts about the GOP presidential primary.
Need to Know’s “American Voices” essay features Bernard Lafayette, a prominent civil rights leader from the 1960s who reflects on the struggle for black voting rights then and what he believes are organized efforts to undo them now.
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Party down: Voting and power in South Carolina
The crucial South Carolina primary is set to take place on Saturday. So far, Newt Gingrich’s marital history and Mitt Romney’s career as a corporate buyout specialist have dominated the rhetoric of the campaign. But no honest conversation about South Carolina can avoid the topic of race — not in a state where the Civil War began. A state that was home to some of the most powerful opponents of civil rights, and where the Confederate flag still flies in front of the state capitol.
You can look at the dozens of African-Americans who hold seats in the state legislature and see changes that were almost unimaginable half a century ago. But when you ask, “Where does power really lie?” the answer isn’t so black and white … or maybe it is.