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It’s high time we, the majority, take our country back:

When certain individuals began chanting their mantra of ‘take our country back’, the rest of us hoped that it wasn’t a subliminal message to strip away this nation’s advancements and take us back to some sort of Jim Crow era. But in such a short span of time in office, many conservative elected officials have proved that their goal is precisely to implement regressive measures that begin to chip away at the core of the fundamental constructs of the civil rights movement. The latest enactment of voter ID laws across the country are a prime example of how the right is attempting to wrong us all.

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For those who like to pretend that racism never existed in our past, here’s another quick reminder: years after slavery was abolished, there were systematic ways to still deny African Americans civil liberties – not the least of which was a poll tax. After the 14th Amendment guaranteed equal protection for all, a poll tax was enacted as a prerequisite to voting. Because African Americans (and poor Whites for that matter) found it difficult to come up with the money required to vote, many were covertly disenfranchised from the process. It was a new measure, but it held the same underlying notion of racism and oppression of an entire group of citizenry that slavery itself did.

Today, thankfully, a poll tax does not exist, but as Republican leaders continue to champion and implement voter ID requirements, they are establishing a new form of voting prerequisites and voter suppression. When nearly 25% of African Americans lack ‘appropriate ID’ in order to vote, it’s clear who their target is. When college students are barred from voting in the state where they attend school and instead must return to their home state, it’s clear who their target is. And when the process of obtaining this ‘appropriate ID’ isn’t free by any measure, it’s distinctly clear who their target is.

Imagine you’re a hard-working American who holds two or three jobs just to put food on the table, and now you’re required to take a day (or more) off in order to obtain an ID. Not only does this person accrue lost work wages, but he/she also has to factor in the cost of traveling to obtain the ID, as well as fees associated with getting copies of documents like passports or birth certificates. For the individual enduring such difficult times as so many Americans today are, is all the hassle and extra expenses going to be worth it in their eyes? Or will they simply say, I wish I could vote, but I simply can’t afford it? And let’s not forget the long enduring lines, procedures and bureaucracy that will likely arise for folks in the process of receiving ID cards. It may not be a poll tax, but these new voter ID laws are just a polished version of the same oppressive measures designed to keep people of color and the poor out of the electoral process.

There are currently 13 states across the country that have adopted voter ID requirements, with more pushing for similar legislation. When so many Americans do not possess a driver’s license due to an inability to purchase a vehicle or because it’s simply not necessary in an urban environment, the amount of Americans without valid ID for the polls is staggering. Once again, African Americans, Latinos, the poor and other disenfranchised groups will clearly be impacted the most by these voting requirements. And it should come as no surprise that this sector of society votes Democratic a majority of the time.

If Republican officials and those who support them are so upset by the direction of the country and so insistent on the fact that we are a center-right nation, why don’t they prove it with fair elections? By conjuring up ridiculous requirements that are obviously designed to reduce the number of voters, they only validate the fact that their Party and their vision for the future is antiquated and the majority is not on their side. Instead of playing dirty politics, perhaps they should just run an election on the facts and allow everyone to freely vote. After all, what are they so afraid of?

Maybe it’s high time we, the majority, take our country back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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Originally Posted by Xumbrarchist:

ROFL

 

When did we have it?

 

Xum

That's what I want to know. It sounds like a weak attempt at using the very language white supremacist, Libertarian Tea Party types use. Clearly, Rev Sharpton or the Left are very serious about change or take over. Another thing, they don't have a good grasp on language of propaganda.

"I could actually feel kinda sorry for 'ole Al Sharpton sometimes, because he doesn't even realize that to the very people that he thinks he's 'threatening'...he's just a joke.


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That won't happen until African Americans start to view Al Sharpton as a joke and are foolish enough to use a public forum to disrespect and denigrade him.  I think Sharpton is well aware of how he is viewed by right-wing racists and that ilk, however, that doesn't matter because Sharpton's viewpoint, message, and rhetoric is aimed at those who would stand to benefit the most from what he has to say, or the information that he is imparting. They tried their damnest to make Martin Luther King, Jr., out of a joke, but we did not let them. 

That won't happen until African Americans start to view Al Sharpton as a joke and are foolish enough to use a public forum to disrespect and denigrade him.

 

African Americans? Oh? Is that what YOU consider YOURSELF? Respect is earned never given

 

They tried their damnest to make Martin Luther King, Jr., out of a joke, but we did not let them.

 

YOU would make such a comparison? (well, you actually...just did..therefore I'M obliged to answer thus..) THAT is a level of disrespect and denigration above and beyond foolish enough to have ever been used on a 'public forum'.

 

But I'LL tell ya....'ya learn sumpthin new, every day'.

I'm not getting what you are saying Roarin, I meant no disrespect to you personally.

 

But, yes, I do consider myself African American, because:

 

In America and the West "African" is considered a race, The Black Race (I know that African is really a nationality, but in the West "African" is synonymous with Black Race People) (the same way that White is synonymous with Caucasian, i.e. White Race People, for example) therefore, I consider my race African, i.e., Black Race and my nationality is American; that's all it means. Now, I know that some Black people feel that our race is "Black" and do not want to be called African American, I am not one of those people, I respect their wish to only be considered Black and nothing else, but I don't agree that Black or our color is all that we are as a race, it leaves way too much out of the equation.  

 

Also, I know that Al Sharpton does not rise to the level of Martin Luther King, Jr., not many do considering all that MLK sacrificed for the good of Black people, minorities in general and America's poor, but, it was just an analogy with the main point being that we as a people determine for ourselves who is a "joke" or who is not a "joke" among our Civil Rights leaders and Activists, we don't let those who want them to be made into a joke get their way.  

Last edited by sunnubian
Originally Posted by sunnubian:

"I could actually feel kinda sorry for 'ole Al Sharpton sometimes, because he doesn't even realize that to the very people that he thinks he's 'threatening'...he's just a joke.


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That won't happen until African Americans start to view Al Sharpton as a joke and are foolish enough to use a public forum to disrespect and denigrade him.  I think Sharpton is well aware of how he is viewed by right-wing racists and that ilk, however, that doesn't matter because Sharpton's viewpoint, message, and rhetoric is aimed at those who would stand to benefit the most from what he has to say, or the information that he is imparting. They tried their damnest to make Martin Luther King, Jr., out of a joke, but we did not let them. 

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The Rev. Al Sharpton's contribution to Black people and African America goes wwwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy BEYOND anything that MOST Black people have EVER contributed to our community.  And most of those that disparage them would be hard-pressed to name another individual who has been able to bring about the positive changes in legislation, employment, respect, economic and educational progress that we enjoy today!!

 

Both with and without MLK at his side.

 

It is a tragedy of our ignorance who some of us are willing to hold up as being deserving of respect (athletes, entertainers, scam artists, preachers child molesters)  .... while others that have actually EARNED it (civil rights fighters, educators, abolitionists (past and present), mentors)  are ridiculed as being insignificant.

 

We still have such a long damn way to go. 

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