A group of black lawmakers and leaders have spoken out against “totally oblivious” white liberals in support of strengthening voter ID laws in several states now considering new electoral integrity legislation.
A coalition of black leaders including U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens, former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, former Texas state Rep. James Earl Wright, and former mayor of Cincinnati and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Ken Blackwell penned an op-ed at RealClearPolitics explaining their support for voter ID while pushing back against Democrats and left-wing organizations who claim the laws are overly restrictive and inherently racist.
“America is a country of over 300 million people. We are comprised of every shape, size, nationality, and opinion. This diversity has proven to be one of our greatest strengths,” the group wrote.
“However, if you listened to largely white liberal media personalities and elite CEOs, you wouldn’t know this. According to liberal orthodoxy, all Blacks think alike, and all Blacks support Black Lives Matter, and all Blacks oppose the recently enacted Georgia Election Integrity Act,” they added.
The coalition went on to cite a Rasmussen Report survey taken recently that found 69 percent of blacks and 82 percent of nonwhite minorities support having to show an ID to vote. The group also referenced a second survey that found two-thirds of blacks in Georgia, home to one of the most controversial voter ID laws that have passed since the chaotic 2020 election, also support voter ID.
“The data seems clear: A majority of Black Americans support voter ID laws,” the group wrote. “This shouldn’t be surprising. Blacks know the value of the right to vote. We struggled to win that right in a country that for too long treated us as second-class citizens. We shed our blood so we could partake in American elections just like every other American citizen. We want to make sure that sacred right to vote, and the integrity of those elections, are protected.”
The black leaders then criticized “opportunist activists” such as former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for behaving as though “the entire Black community stands behind them and the radical Democratic Party.”
“Why do they pretend that Black people are either opposed to voter ID or, even more offensively, that Blacks are incapable of obtaining IDs? The answer is in part because the elites, most of whom are white, have enabled them, taking it upon themselves to determine who the ‘leaders’ of the Black community are and ignoring anyone else who suggests differently,” the coalition noted further.
Those same elites are “oblivious” to “real Black leaders” including civil rights icons “Robert Woodson and Richard Finley; younger leaders like Wall Street wizard John Burnett; National Black Chamber of Commerce founders Harry and Kay Alford; Michael Murphy, political operative extraordinaire from Georgia; business and football legend Herschel Walker; Texas state Rep. James White; 21-year-old West Virginia state Rep. Caleb Hanna; former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer S. Carroll; former ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission Ken Blackwell; and U.S. Congressmen Byron Donalds and Burgess Owens, to name a few.”
The group went on to point out that all of those people have one common denominator: They are Republicans.
“If corporate America wants to be truly woke, they must wake up to the fact that activists like Stacey Abrams — and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton before her — absolutely do not represent the Black community; they represent the membership of their radical activist organizations and the interests of white elites, who are eager to open our borders wide and send more jobs overseas regardless of the effects these disastrous policies have on the Black community” the group added.
“You can’t board a plane without an ID. You can’t pick up a package from a UPS distribution center without an ID. You can’t buy alcohol without an ID. And you definitely can’t visit President Biden in the White House without an ID. Is that racist? Of course, it isn’t,” they noted further.
Last month, the Washington Post reported that 43 states are considering some 250 pieced of legislation aimed at improving election integrity by limiting mail-in balloting, strengthening ID requirements, and cutting back on early voting.
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