How Do You Disenfranchise 1 In 8 Black Men?
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.