By Joseph R. Carducci
July 23, 2014
Here we go again, folks. This is just another example of how the NAACP and civil rights leaders really don’t care about the people they claim to represent. In fact, this shows just how hypocritical they are and willing to sell out the black community in exchange for a little bit of power, influence, and money.
So, in case you don’t know, the annual NAACP convention is happening in Las Vegas right now. Many of these black leaders have expressed concern about the dwindling African American turnout that seems to be a foregone conclusion in the upcoming November midterm elections. They are afraid this will lead to the expansion of voter identification laws, saying how these types of laws make it harder for their community to actually vote in elections.
The funny thing is that despite all of this concern, black voters turned out in record numbers during the 2012 elections. This helped Barack Obama to maintain control of the White House. Additionally, it is thought this was the first time in American history when black voters actually turned out in a higher rate than white voters. Of course, they also point to the fact that this was a presidential race. Going back to the midterm elections of 2010, we saw blacks voting at a much lower rate and this led to (or so these leaders will argue) the Republicans winning control of the House of Representatives along with many state and local offices.
Current polling data shows that black voters are much less enthusiastic than white voters. This also leads many to think more white and Republican voters are going to turn out. These sheer numbers could mean the Republicans will have a better than average chance at re-taking control of the Senate, while also maintaining (and possibly even extending) their majority in the House.
Obviously, this is an eventuality the NAACP and other black leaders want to avoid. After all, they certainly don’t want their own power and influence to languish under Republican leadership.
Many black leaders have also been arguing that the Republican control of the House and also many positions at the state and local levels, particularly in the south, have already led to a “wave of voter suppression laws” and voter identification rules. Jotaka Eaddy, the NAACP voting rights director, even told a panel that 22 states have passed laws to increase identification requirements before voters are allowed to actually vote.
Now, these very same black leaders are trying to scare their community members into thinking that Republicans are going to stamp out their right to vote. Of course, the best way to fight voter fraud is by increasing the identification requirements, since many times those who vote illegally have very weak or thin documentation. Certainly no one with a valid piece of identification is going to be denied their right to vote, yet this is what the brainiacs in the NAACP would have their members believe.
What has also impressed me about this kind of thing is the sheer lack of faith the NAACP and black leaders seem to express in their own community. They are basically saying they think black people cannot be expected to comply with simple voter identification requirements. How insulting!
What do YOU think? Is the NAACP doing a disservice to their own members? Is their opposition to voter ID laws really just a front for something else? Have many black leaders abdicated their responsibility and are no longer really effective in helping their constituents? Should voter ID laws continue to be implemented?