From an emergency plan that made it practically impossible for anyone without the means to get out of the city, to herding people and starving them in the SuperDome, to the Sheriff of Gretna firing shotguns over the heads of mostly black survivors to prevent them from entering that town, this is what happens when a nice, middle-class we’re-not-racist-we-have-black-caddies sort of racism is allowed to thrive.
And it’s about to get worse. From the New York Times:
In 1966, the Supreme Court held that the poll tax was unconstitutional. Nearly 40 years later, Georgia is still charging people to vote, this time with a new voter ID law that requires many people without driver’s licenses – a group that is disproportionately poor, black and elderly – to pay $20 or more for a state ID card. Georgia went ahead with this even though there is not a single place in the entire city of Atlanta where the cards are sold. The law is a national disgrace.
Imagine that: Not only charging people $20 for the necessary ID to vote, but then providing no actual places to buy the thing.
The Georgia law is so egregiously unconstitutional that one wonders how on earth they expect to get away with it.
Well, first, they’ve already gotten away with this sort of thing. The voter purges of the 2000 election was getting away with it. The manufactured difficulty for people in poorer, blacker and more democratic precincts to vote in Ohio during the 2004 election was getting away with it. The needless deaths in New Orleans is getting away with it. Racism is the big stinking turd in the American punch bowl and its not just that most are not just too polite to notice, but that some actually think it gives their Kool-Aid an interesting flavor.
To hedge their bets that they can get away with it, and more, the right wing has in place John Roberts, a judicial plant with an ad hoc two year’s experience as a judge after a career as a partisan right wing hack, who the right plans — shamelessly, really — to install as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
If the mostly complicit Democratic legislators allow them to get away with that, it provides a firm measure of just how completely useless they are.