How Do You Disenfranchise 1 In 8 Black Men?
Dan Froomkin

State laws that ban convicted felons from voting are having the unintentional (or is it intentional?) effect of disenfranchising one in eight African-American men.

Over the last two centuries, other voting prohibitions have fallen one by one as what was originally
a privilege enjoyed only by white men of property was grudgingly recognized as a basic American right.

But in many states, convicted felons can’t vote even after they’ve re-entered society. And because
of the disproportionate number of black men convicted of felonies, the effect on that population has been tremendously magnified.

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