In my previous post, I made the point that the recent outbursts of racism were all about voter intimidation.
Greg Palast agrees, but he says it way better than I did:
What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote — and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be electoral toast. Or, if you like, tortillas.
This is not unlike the Republican attitude toward unions.
Hey Greg Palast, tell us something we do not know about Jan Brewer:
Brewer, then Secretary of State, had organized a racially loaded purge of the voter rolls that would have made Katherine Harris blush. Beginning after the 2004 election, under Brewer’s command, no less than 100,000 voters, overwhelming Hispanics, were blocked from registering to vote. In 2005, the first year of the Great Brown-Out, one in three Phoenix residents found their registration applications rejected. [...]
Did she turn over even one name to the feds for prosecution?
No, not one.
After over 100 complaints, and a 2 year investigation, the prosecutor, David Iglesias, couldn’t find one voter fraud case. Of course, Karl Rove saw to it that he was fired.
But what’s wrong with requiring folks to prove they’re American if the want to vote and live in America? The answer: because the vast majority of perfectly legal voters and residents who lack ID sufficient for Ms. Brewer and Mr. Pearce are citizens of color, citizens of poverty.
According to a study by prof. Matt Barreto, of Washington State University, minority citizens are half as likely as whites to have the government ID. The numbers are dreadfully worse when income is factored in.
Leave it to Palast.
Please go read his entire piece here.