Across the US, black leaders are standing up to support voter ID laws and condemning their comparison to the Jim Crow laws. Biden and the Left continuously try to feign the support of the entire Black community, using their media platforms to drown out the many leaders and voices of the Black community that are in support of voter ID laws. More and more Black leaders are expressing their supportive view on increasing election integrity and taking offense to the Left’s comparison of these efforts to Jim Crow laws.
Mark Robinson, NC Lieutenant Governor, recently spoke at a committee hearing about voter discrimination and destroyed the Left narrative surrounding voter ID laws which accuse them of being racist, discriminatory, and equal to the Jim Crow laws. Robinson’s mother “lived through the terribleness of Jim Crow and witnessed firsthand the sacrifices made by those to ensure that Black voices would be heard in government”, and he honored her struggle through standing up for his community.
“Let me say that I am very proud of the history in this nation of my people,” Said Robinson, “My people were whipped, beaten, and sold as property during slavery. During Reconstruction and throughout Jim Crow, Black people were intimidated, harassed, and even killed to keep them from having a voice in government.” Robinson continued with his passionate speech, saying, “Sacrifices of our ancestors — so I could have the opportunity to become the first Black Lieutenant Governor of my state, see a Black man sit in the White House for two terms, and for millions of us to be leaders in business, athletics, government, and culture — add up to an incredible story of victory.”
Robinson chooses to celebrate his people’s history and be proud of the challenges they overcome rather than clinging to the disadvantages placed on Black people in the past and fueling hatred for White people. He went on with his speech, condemning the comparison of the voter ID laws to Jim Crow, saying, “Today, you hear Georgia law being compared to Jim Crow. That Black voices are being silenced, and that Black voices are being kept out. How? By bullets? By Bombs? By nooses? No. By requiring a free ID to secure the vote… How absolutely preposterous. Am I to believe that Black Americans who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the Civil Rights movement and now sit in the highest levels of this government cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes?… Are you kidding me? The notion that Black people must be protected from a free ID to secure their votes is not just insane, it is insulting.”
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 22, 2021
Ken Blackwell, the first African-American Secretary of State in Ohio stands with leaders like Robinson on this issue. In an interview with Just the News, Blackwell said, “You have the mainstream media, you know, initially trying to gaslight the American people, making those of us who see this as a very common-sense practical policy and procedure to be somewhat crazy or racist, and we’re not buying it.” Blackwell added, “Too many people have put too much on the line to make sure that the integrity of our election system is in fact protected.”
Former pro-football player and current Utah State Rep. Burgess Owens has added to this dialogue, saying, “What I find extremely offensive is the narrative from the Left that Black people are not smart enough, not educated enough… to do what every other culture and race does in this country: get an ID. True racism is this: It’s the projection of the Democratic Party on my proud race. It’s called the soft bigotry of low expectations.” He added, “It’s disgusting and oppressive to compare the actual voter suppression and violence of that era that we grew up in with a state law that only asks that people should show their ID.”
Jim Crow laws like poll taxes, property tests, literacy tests, and violence and intimidation at the polls made it nearly impossible for Black Americans to vote.
I remember legalized institutional racism, and these comparisons to Georgia are outrageous and offensive. pic.twitter.com/I9n35vRdEG
— Rep. Burgess Owens (@RepBurgessOwens) April 20, 2021
A poll in January from Just the News found that 77% of Americans are in support of requiring voter ID, but the Left has been working to convince the American public that the laws are discriminatory, racist, and have garnered little to no support by anyone other than White Republicans.