North Carolina Tried to Make Jim Crow Great Again

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Justice Clarence Thomas joins liberals to corral NC racial gerrymander. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0) See complete attribution below.
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We generally use this space on Sundays to point out wrongdoing, abuses of power, or issues that we feel do not receive enough coverage. We generally try to do so with some degree of subtlety or humor. This isn’t one of those times: North Carolina Republicans are a bunch of undemocratic racists and they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

After a federal court had already slapped down their thinly disguised voter suppression law — saying it targeted African-Americans with “almost surgical precision” — the Supreme Court also delivered a rebuke to their racially motivated gerrymandering. Even conservative Associate Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the decision and wrote his own concurring opinion.

If you’re keeping score, it’s Democracy 2 and Good Ole’ Boy GOP Racists 0.

Maybe the news here isn’t that North Carolina’s GOP legislators are racists. They certainly seem to be, but so are lots of other people. But North Carolina’s just happen to be particularly dumb racists.

Prior to writing their voter suppression law, for example, North Carolina Republicans commissioned studies to see how and when people vote, as well as what types of ID they had – broken down by race. They then used the information to tailor the law to do away with voting methods popular among blacks, while requiring the kinds of ID African-Americans were less likely to have.

While Donald Trump vowed to “Make America Great Again,” GOP state legislators did their best to turn the clock back to the time of Jim Crow laws.

In light of their many legislative schemes, it’s hard to believe that any of them ever read the Constitution — in particular the 14th and 15th Amendments — or are even vaguely familiar with the concept of democracy.

As a result, many of their laws have ultimately failed in court or are headed that way: For example, to preserve their supermajority, they rigged state districts along racial lines. That move was ultimately deemed unconstitutional.

When, in spite of their various efforts, Democrat Roy Cooper was elected governor, they didn’t accept the will of the voters. Instead, GOP state lawmakers quickly tried to curb the powers of the governor even before he took office – in particular those that would have given Democrats a majority in the State Board of Election. After the first attempt was defeated in court, they tried again last month and are again being sued.

While this shows that the system of checks and balances generally works in the most egregious cases, justice is not instantaneous.

Unfortunately, the system allows some racist laws or voting districts drawn along racial lines to stand until the courts have a final say. And in the interim, lawmakers like the bunch in North Carolina can do a lot of additional damage.

The people, however, can deliver swifter and sweeter justice by casting the ballots needed to kick out the very lawmakers who are trying to deny them the right to vote — in North Carolina and throughout the country. We strongly urge our readers to stay informed and vote out anti-democratic lawmakers whenever they get the chance.


The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images:

Clarence Thomas caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Stephen Breyer caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Sonia Sotomayor caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Elena Kagan caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Ruth Bader Ginsburg caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), sign (Paul Hamilton / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0), rider 1 (Travis / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), rider 2 (manguzmo / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), rider 3 (micadew / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0), rider 4 (Larry Lamsa / Flickr – CC BY 2.0) and salamander (Leigh Harries / Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 2.0).

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9 responses to “North Carolina Tried to Make Jim Crow Great Again”

  1. “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” ― Mark Twain

  2. […] on the part of southern white police officers for the anti-fascists?  Not impossible. After all, North Carolina is ranked 11th in the nation in number of hate groups. […]

  3. […] on the part of southern white police officers for the anti-fascists?  Not impossible. After all, North Carolina is ranked 11th in the nation in number of hate groups. […]

  4. steveday72 says:

    I have to show my photo ID whenever I see a doctor, even subsequent visits to the same doctor. I have to show my photo ID to buy Sudafed. I have to show my photo ID to join a library. I have to show my ID to enter the Harris County animal pound. So what’s the deal with people not requiring IDs for voting? (Something far more critical for fraud than healthcare, over-the-counter decongestant medicine, borrowing a book, or adopting a pet).

    I just don’t understand why Democrats think black people go through their lives off the grid without any form of photo ID. Just the notion of it is ridiculous in our society. I can assure you that black people do in fact go to libraries, have bank accounts, visit doctors and adopt pets… all using their photo IDs!

  5. […] North Carolina Tried to Make Jim Crow Great Again – While Donald Trump vowed to “Make America Great Again,” GOP state legislators did their best to turn the clock back to the time of Jim Crow laws. In light of their many legislative schemes, it’s hard to believe that any of them ever read … […]

  6. shytlerj says:

    North Carolina does not charge a fee for ID cards for people that cannot afford it. They are trying to prevent illegals from voting-not minorities.

    • 0040 says:

      With the introduction of programmable voting machines alongside the corrupt scrutineers appointed by status quo administrators, it no longer matters who or how often one votes. The outcome is usually pre-arranged behind the scenes, and either the SCOTUS or Electoral College will override the popular vote if things go slightly awry. It also helps to make voting pointless when both “parties” have the same platform.

    • alvee, r says:

      But minorities and illegals are a’commin for muh democracy!