Apparently, the vast majority of black people in America are now white supremacists … according to the standards of the Left, that is.
This month, as Republicans in Georgia passed sweeping voter ID laws aimed at bolstering election integrity, Democrats resorted to their favorite tactic when confronted with a policy they don’t like: crying white supremacy.
In this case, prominent figures on the Left united to push forth a particularly disgusting narrative — that voter ID requirements are tantamount to Jim Crow laws.
Despite the ahistorical nature of these claims — and the fact that there are still millions of black Americans who actually lived under these racist Democratic Party mandates in the segregation-era South — everyone from Stacey Abrams, to Joe Biden, to Elizabeth Warren lined up to fight what they called “the new Jim Crow.”
Biden, in his first press conference as President, even went as far as saying Georgia’s new voter ID law “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” whatever that means.
So what was the reaction from black Americans — the very people supposedly doomed to suffer oppression under this new era of codified racism?
Far from fear, or anger, according to a new Rasmussen poll, the reaction was support. Overwhelming support.
Nearly 70% of black people living in America support laws that require prospective voters to provide an ID, such as a driver’s license, before being allowed to cast their ballot.
It turns out that the vast majority of black people in America — the very individuals Joe Biden assures us are victims of racism under voter ID laws — think it’s perfectly reasonable to require some form of proof that you are who you say you are before voting.
Such a finding would cause rational individuals to immediately refrain from furthering the narrative that voter ID laws are symptoms of systemic white supremacy, but we’re not dealing with rational folks here.
The Left’s messaging is reliant not on rational facts, but on fear and virtue signaling. They want to scare away anyone who might oppose them with accusations of racism, and they are more than content to ignore the desires of those they claim will be victimized in doing so.
Sadly, the black community has once again fallen victim to the Left’s “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
What could be more patronizing than having a 78 year old white man imply that by virtue of your black skin, you are somehow less capable of carrying an ID? There’s a message being sent there, and it isn’t one of empowerment.
It’s a message that says, “Your community supports voter ID laws? Well, you must not understand the situation, and you certainly must be missing the racism you’re being subjected to.”
The Left is right about one thing: racism is running rampant in the conversation surrounding voter ID laws. But it’s not coming from the side they think it is.
Cabot Phillips is Managing Editor of The Daily Wire’s Readers Pass. Follow him on Twitter at @cabot_phillips.
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