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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.

Continue reading:  Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls

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.

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6 thoughts on “Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls

  1. Yes, a very disturbing article. It looks like a policy by the police to justify harassing anyone they want. A law abiding person expects the police to leave them alone. So the police have to have an excuse to access people who are not criminals. Tying contact with the police with ordinary and necessary citizen processes gives the police a win-win situation. They can thereby exclude citizens from exercising their citizens rights or they can access people who otherwise would have had no interaction with the police at all.
    Consider how the police can use this to imply criminality in a non-criminal class. They can drop into a conversation, completely honestly, oh yes, so and so is known to the police, implying criminality where there is none. How would that go down with prospective employers?
    Sounds like Nazi Germany to me.

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