August 04, 2005

Jesse Lee Peterson: Dems scaring blacks with Voting Rights Act

Democratic leaders, along wtih civil rights leaders, are spreading fear through black America regarding the Voting Rights Act, according to Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, head of Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND).

Peterson specifically cites a voter rights march scheduled for Atlanta this weekend, spearheaded by Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made necessary by the practices of some racist Southern Democrats who opposed equality for Blacks—the same Democratic Party that Jesse Jackson now wants Blacks to support. Jesse Jackson knows that the 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees Blacks the right to vote. Yet, he wants to convince Blacks that the Republican Party wants to strip them of their rights. Racism is not keeping Blacks from voting, but their own apathy is.”

(Peterson also said,) “The reauthorization of sections of the Voting Rights Act will neither help nor hinder Black voters—to claim otherwise is false! By lying to Black Americans about this issue Jackson and his extremist left-wing cohorts are dishonoring the Selma and Montgomery civil rights pioneers who bled for the cause of civil rights and equality for Blacks.”

The sections in question regard states with a past history of discrimination. The sections require those states to submit changes in voting procedures to the Justice Department for approval.

Part of the issue that Jackson is emphasizing, is the new Georgia requirement for state-issued picture identification in order to vote. The types of identification include driver's licenses. Jackson insists that the requirement -- providing positive identification -- is racist. This is despite the fact that the state will issue -- at no cost -- photo ID to those who cannot afford the cost of said identification.

Uh, yeah. Right.

Posted by mhking at August 4, 2005 08:57 AM | TrackBack
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