Florida Black Voters Discriminated In opposition to With New Election Legal guidelines

People march with placards in support of voting rights...

Folks march with placards in help of voting rights throughout a parade on Jan. 15, 2022, forward of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Eatonville, Florida. Eatonville is the oldest Black-incorporated municipality in america. | Supply: SOPA Pictures / Getty

It ought to shock completely nobody who’s Black that the U.S. Division of Justice has deemed the state of Florida to be a major instance of the crucial race concept it hates a lot. OK, so the justice division didn’t say that precisely, however CRT is basically an examination of systemic racism, and voter suppression that particularly targets Black folks is an instance of systemic racism at play.

In accordance with The Guardian, the justice division mentioned in a court docket submitting Wednesday that Florida Republicans deliberately focused Black voters final 12 months via voting restrictions that conveniently got here after Republican losses in the course of the 2020 election.

From the Guardian:

The division informed a federal appellate court docket {that a} decrease court docket had accurately evaluated claims of racial discrimination when it got here to Florida’s new regulation. In March, US District Decide Mark Walker blocked new restrictions on the provision of absentee poll drop containers, rules for third-party voter registration teams, and a ban on offering meals and water to folks standing in line to vote. The US court docket of appeals for the eleventh circuit paused that ruling earlier this 12 months whereas it considers an enchantment from Florida officers.

So, we already know the way Republicans are going to reply. They’ll say that each one this implies is that the Biden administration has gone “woke” and is now “race-baiting” on the highest stage. However there are information right here that may’t be ignored.

It’s a undeniable fact that ex-President Donald Trump responded to dropping his bid for reelection by throwing a yuge mood tantrum and spreading, with out a lick of proof, propaganda concerning large voter fraud. It’s a undeniable fact that Republican legislators throughout the purple state nation leveraged that propaganda to suggest and go restrictive voting legal guidelines underneath the guise of voter safety even though voter fraud in America is extraordinarily uncommon.

One other reality is that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—the person who denies the existence of systemic racism whereas utilizing his authorities energy to manage the way in which Black historical past is taught in faculties on behalf of white fragility—actually proposed a redistricting of Florida’s congressional map so as to dilute Black voting energy within the state calling it a “race-neutral” design. In different phrases: He noticed largely Black districts on Florida’s voting map and mentioned, “Nah—we gotta break that up.”  So there’s a sample of habits right here that may not be ignored (as onerous because the GOP could strive).

Anyway, the justice division dominated that Florida’s 2021 voting legal guidelines violated Part 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting practices.

“The district court docket’s core factual findings are that, within the face of surging turnout within the 2020 election, the Florida Legislature responded by enacting provisions that impose disparate burdens on Black voters,” justice division attorneys wrote. “Which have been chosen exactly due to these burdens to safe a partisan benefit. The court docket’s findings of discriminatory intent are a permissible view of the file primarily based on the whole lot of the proof.”

After all, attorneys for the state of Florida deny any claims of racial discrimination. In an announcement of enchantment, Florida attorneys wrote that “facially impartial legal guidelines regulating drop containers for vote-by-mail ballots, the return of voter registration types, and exercise at or close to a polling place fall squarely inside the state’s energy to handle.“ The submitting additionally charged that “this Courtroom should handle when a State’s facially impartial election legal guidelines have a discriminatory impact and invidious goal in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Structure, and when these legal guidelines violate part 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

The Guardian reported that “the justice division’s voting part has filed challenges to voting legal guidelines in Georgia, Texas and Arizona, along with submitting a number of briefs in different voting disputes.”

And it’s about rattling time.


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