Before this politically fiery August comes to an end, its significance in civil rights history must be highlighted. It marks the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Sometimes justice takes a while, but this monumental piece of civil rights legislation tore down some of the last strangleholds of eugenics-based social policies. Jim Crow was righteously trampled as the nation marched toward equality.
But that march has taken some rough detours lately. Ferguson has become the epicenter of blame-anyone-but-yourselves liberalism. The city council is all white! The city council is all white! Well, the majority of Ferguson residents are black. So who is to blame? The Washington Post actually blames the abysmal 6 percent African-American voter turnout, in the city’s 2013 municipal election, on the vote not being held in an even-numbered year! Those complicated odd-numbered years! And let’s put aside the racist assertion that only black folk can politically serve black folk, and white folk only serve the interests of white folks. 1963 is calling and wants its rhetoric back.
Liberal groups like the ACLU, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, League of Women Voters, La Raza and others paint the false picture that our voting rights are being threatened by laws meant to strengthen the integrity of the voting system. Voter ID laws are demonized left and right…well, on the left at least. Yet, in every case where Voter ID laws have triumphed, voters do too. Voter turnout among minorities increased by 6 percent in Georgia and 8 percent in Indiana where these laws were in effect. A case brought by the ACLU in Georgia was thrown out of court by a federal judge because the ACLU could not produce a single witness who was unable to vote because of the state’s Voter ID laws.