Using racial bigotry for political ends

BRYANT: Still barring the polling-place door

“Democrats such as Mr. Udall and Al Sharpton would like to keep open forever an American wound that has been slow to heal because it has served the purpose of keeping a certain voting bloc uninformed, underemployed and captive for more than 40 years. The truth is, black folks were angry 50 years ago and are still angry today about the same things. Why? There is one common denominator — the leadership they have chosen to vote for. It is time to try something different.

Make no mistake. People like Mr. Udall have a job to do, and that is to be modern-day overseers making sure minorities get to the polls — not to pick cotton, but to get their vote picked. This is why in his appeals for the reinstatement of the obsolete pre-clearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act, he employs the pain of the past to make his tired and worn-out point. It’s a tactic that I and other black conservatives are exposing for the lie that it is. I defy anyone to point to one activity in today’s America that would be hindered owing to a citizen’s skin color or race. Our nation has proved to be the greatest success story the world has ever known.”

The latest front on this issue is the suit against North Carolina voter ID laws.

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