SPARTA, Ga. — When the deputy sheriff’s patrol cruiser pulled up beside him as he walked down Broad Street at sunset last August, Martee Flournoy, a 32-year-old black man, was both confused and rattled. He had reason: In this corner of rural Georgia, African-Americans are arrested at a rate far higher than that of whites.
But the deputy had not come to arrest Mr. Flournoy. Rather, he had come to challenge Mr. Flournoy’s right to vote.
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: I urge everyone to read this incredibly disturbing exposé on surreptitious efforts undertaken by conservatives following the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder which undermined key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It details systematic voter registration challenges, mass voter purges, closure of polling places and voter registration offices in minority communities, gerrymandering, and various intimidation tactics, primarily in the Deep South but also in other states controlled by Republicans. To see this as anything other than institutionalized white supremacy would be disingenuous.