- Nov 17, 2002
No, RNC apologists largely reject that. While there is some intersect between the set of "thinking people" and "RNC apologists", it is quite small ... and ever-dwindling.[ ... ]
Your first example requires equating the sky being blue to requiring ID to vote being racism; thinking people largely reject that.
Most thinking people recognize that it is a statistical fact that minorities are disproportionately impacted by these voter suppression laws. That may not be a convenient fact for those who support these laws for non-racist reasons, but it is nonetheless the truth.
More to the point -- the point you've again dodged -- is your suggestion that because "the left" calls out racism on this specific issue, it is therefore true that the left calls racism on every issue. It is a specious, purely partisan claim, which was my point not only in the simple example I offered above, but also in my first reply to you on the topic. It was yet another example of one of your useless noise posts as opposed to the useful contributions you make when you're not so cranky.
I don't want to derail this further by going into this in the depth it deserves. Suffice it say that some "effective" discrimination is allowed if that is not the intent and if the requirement meets otherwise legitimate purposes. To offer just one example, SCOTUS ruled in the Indiana voter ID case that although the law did, in fact, disproportionately impact some, that was acceptable in that specific case since it was small, it was not the intent, and it did not rise to the level that justified federal override in state issues. In short, it is sometimes OK to have policies whose effect is discriminatory as long as that is not the intent and is not a significant effect.If we are to accept that requiring ID is racism, then literally nothing could be allowed to have ID requirements, any more than one can put up a "whites only" sign in one's business, because race-based discrimination is not legal in commerce, housing, education . . .
Edit: To be clear, this is my lay understanding of how it works. If you are really interested in more info, I'd suggest taking it up with one of our legal experts like DVC.