Hey chums! Enjoying North Carolina's restrictive Voter I.D. laws? Wish there were more where those came from? Well, sadly, no new laws have been introduced... yet.
But what the hey! Who needs new laws when North Carolina police can disenfranchise voters simply by-- wait for it-- arresting them!
Yesiree, neighbors, it's voter suppression time, new and improved! Tell a friend! In fact, tell all your white buddies! But shhh, don't let those black folks in on the dirty little secret.
Residents of Mount Gilead, a town of about 1,100 people in central North Carolina, are reeling from a police sting operation that netted 59 arrests the morning of Election Day. All of those arrested were African Americans, all for possession of drugs, alcohol and guns. Some there are questioning the timing of the bust and believe it was an attempt to intimidate African Americans from showing up at the polls that day.
It goes without saying that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, a civic-minded public official, would be more than a little knowledgeable about such matters as, you know, election days... right?
But North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson Patty McQuillan said she doesn't believe it had anything to do with elections. "I didn’t even know it was Election Day... It's so hard to find a date where there isn't this or that thing happening," said McQuillan. "It's almost impossible to schedule anything because there is always something going on."
Yeah, you paranoid black people, there's always something calendared. If it isn't one thing it's another. Pesky events like voting day are always messing up everything!
So, see? She didn't even know! Who can blame someone who doesn't even know? I mean, come on, why would anyone in her position be expected to know when Election Day falls?
Why, the next thing you know, she'll be criticized for coincidentally arresting a whole bunch of African Americans on Sign Up for Voter ID Day!
Silly us. Everyone just leave Patty alone.