We talk about Russia and how unfair it is to its citizens while, at the same time, we are figuring out ways to stop Black folks and Democrats from voting. This hypocrisy demonstrates a problem with America and its citizens. Black Americans worked for free, building this country for over three hundred years, and now Blacks have to beg for the right to vote for the person of our choice.
In the United States, there is a ninety year old woman who wanted to vote in the Texas Primary, but she couldn’t vote because she lacked the newly required documents. Most Americans think Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, is a terrible man, not letting people vote unless they vote for him. In Texas, and a few other states, Americans can’t vote by mail, or drop box, and are limited. For instance, they can’t vote except on certain days and they can’t even have anyone bring them water or a snack, even if they have waited in line for ten hours.
If you look at American history, you will find no ability to vote unless you pay a poll tax, or if you are not Black, or unless you can count the bubbles in a bar of soap, or can you name all the judges in your county, or cite the Constitution? These bogus questions, or whatever tricks the county recorder picks to stop you from voting, were used.
I’ve been to Africa, Jamaica, and Haiti. I’ve been all across America. 40% of Texas voters’ votes have been rejected. Governor Abbot, who is disabled, and Alan West, a Black man have joined together to keep people from voting. Both are Republicans. Abbot has initiated a law that says, parents of transgender children should be arrested for child abuse. Why?
Nothing in the Republican Party policy has anything to do with their policy. They only want to stop people from having the right to vote. Doesn’t West see that he is Black? Has he forgotten how his fore-parents and ancestors were treated and denied the right to vote? Has Abbot forgotten how he and other disabled people are treated as a disabled? How soon we forget.
I’ve been a licensed Lawyer for over forty years. I have not forgotten what they did to my ancestors or fore-parents. I’ve seen the progress we’ve made over the years, I’ve seen how they treated Muhammad Ali, and how they treated Emmit Till, and how they treated Rosa Parks for riding a bus in Birmingham. I’ve seen how they treated four little girls in Sunday School at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1965. And I can’t forget how they treated Dr. Martin Luther King and Medgar Evans, just because they wanted the right to vote.