Georgia's Return To Jim Crow Political Exclusion

Jax Hudur

The Republican party is stuck in the 20th Century Rep. Park Cannon arrested by Georgia capitol police

With the recent shootings of Asian Americans in Georgia, you would think that the State’s elected leadership would be preaching equality, fairness and blame the devil for all vices, including racism. Yet, they were doing quite the opposite. Georgia’s new voting law looks like something one would expect from the history pages of medieval principalities. 

Nonetheless, Georgia’s new voting law puts restrictions on mail as the new voting law also criminalizes giving water or food to voters waiting/ standing in line to vote. Yes, you read that right; under the new law, it is a crime to toss a bottle of water to a thirsty voter. In other words, what the Republicans have done is to hinder access to the ballot box so that a repeat of the 2020 election controversy does not happen again. By controversy, what is meant is the election of two Democratic senators, including Georgia’s first elected black senator tilting the balance of power in the chamber. Stacy Abrams, proud GA democrat

A video posted on Facebook showed Representative Park Cannon arrested by Georgia capitol police as Governor Brian Kemp was signing the sweeping elections bill intended to restrict voting access behind closed doors. In short, when an elected representative knocks on the door of the Governor office, expect to be arrested and charged with “‘knowingly and intentionally’ knocking on the governor’s door during a bill signing and stomping on Officer L.T. Langford’s foot three times ‘during the apprehension and as she was being escorted out of the property.’”

The video clearly shows nothing of the sort happened. Regarding stomping on the foot of the officer three times, that is just the sort of ridiculous excuses one expects to be confronted with in dictatorships and not in 2021 America. It is inconceivable for an elected representative to be taken away in handcuffs for merely knocking on a door and demanding answers. Nevertheless, the governor’s and the Georgia capitol police’s action has Jim Crow written all over it, and the democrats rightfully called it out.

President Joe Biden didn’t spare words in describing the nature of the new voting law when he said, “It’s an atrocity, if you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they passed a law saying you can’t provide water to people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote? You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote. Give me a break.”

President Biden also told reporters that the Justice Department would take a look at the new law. The President is not alone; a coalition of civil rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s new voting law because the new law is making it difficult for black people to vote. 

The lawsuit stated, “These provisions lack any justification for their burdensome and discriminatory effects on voting. Instead, they represent a hodgepodge of unnecessary restrictions that target almost every aspect of the voting process but serve no legitimate purpose or compelling state interest other than to make absentee, early, and election-day voting more difficult — especially for minority voters.”

While the Republican party’s mess in Georgia cannot be excused, President Biden’s hash words when he called the new law an unAmerican attack on the constitution and “this is Jim Crow in the 21st century. It must end. What he gave the minority groups in Georgia whose constitutional rights will be infringed upon by the new law is a voice that they can rally behind. No American should accept any form of Jim Crow in this day and age.

After four years of hitting the head on the walls, embarrassing four long years that saw the rise of fascism in America, partly thanks to Trump, an unhinged President who called white supremacist in Charlottesville “very fine people,” it does not instil confidence in black people of color in America to see a black woman who is an elected official dragged away in handcuffs because she dared knocked on a Governor’s door and demanded answers. That is the America no one wants to see or relate to; that is the America that should be confined to the ugly pages of the history of the Jim crow era and not in the 21st century.

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