Fair Elections, RIP

Fair Elections, RIP

Voting rights are under attack again — this time it’s the Supreme Court’s turn. The majority’s ruling in the Shelby County vs. Holder case gutted key Voting Rights Act provisions at a time when minority access to the polls faces new obstacles. As...
A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression

A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression

Just before his death this past Thanksgiving, my friend Lawrence Guyot whispered one last assignment: We must “internationalize” the struggle over the right to vote. Decades ago, our movement to end segregation and extend the full rights of citizenship to...
What Post-Racial America?

What Post-Racial America?

Having an African-American president is convenient. It boosts U.S. credibility in the Global South and makes us look like we’re making progress toward wiping out racism when we’re not. But it will take more than President Barack Obama’s tenure to...
The New Normal for African-American Voter Turnout

The New Normal for African-American Voter Turnout

In 2008, for the first time in our history, African Americans voted at the same rate as white voters. We spent the next four years hearing that that high turnout was a fluke. “Experts” told us we would lose our enthusiasm. We’d be daunted by new...
Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?

Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?

Well, that didn’t take long. Just three days after a diverse coalition of voters re-elected President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court announced that it’s going to review the Voting Rights Act. The justices will look at Section 5 of the landmark...
GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud

GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud

At my age, I thought I’d seen pretty much everything — and I’ve been to the carny sideshow at the Texas State Fair twice. But now comes a Houston-based, tea-party outfit calling itself True the Vote. It claims to be dedicated to sniffing out...
Racist Double Whammy

Racist Double Whammy

Last one hired, First one out; That’s what bias Is about. Given that we now have an African-American president, many Americans feel comfortable sweeping the issue of racial discrimination under the rug. How bad can bias be if we elected Barack Obama? Well,...