Maybe conservatives just don’t get that we don’t all suffer from massive amnesia. Maybe they think all of us have abandoned our history books in favor of their revision of history. For whatever reason, Republicans in red state legislatures have taken it on themselves to attempt tricks out of playbooks we all thought long-dead. Of course, the Supreme Court in their infinite wisdom did gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965 this summer, didn’t they? So at least we know why these red states feel so emboldened to attempt systemic discrimination at the polls, but that doesn’t make it right.
One state that has enacted sweeping and thinly-veiled racially-tinged voter ID laws is North Carolina. Their governor, Pat McCrory signed the new voter ID laws into the books earlier this week. But already citizens in North Carolina, many of whom remember what trying to vote in that state before the Voting Rights Act, have filed lawsuits to stop the implementation of the laws. One such civic hero is Rosanell Eaton, a 92-year-old African-American woman who said she had to take literacy tests — the very kinds of racist disenfranchisement that the GOP is attempting all over the country — back in the days before the VRA made it clear to all states that racism at the voting booth would no longer be tolerated.
Rosanell’s suit alleges that since her voter registration card is under a different name than her state-issued ID card, she would not be allowed to vote under the new law. But she’s not just focused on the idiotic and racist voter ID laws in her state; she’s also been showing up at her state’s Moral Monday protests, lending her voice and spirit in support of those protesting the Republicans in their state legislature enacting hard-right conservative laws that also take aim at the poor and single mothers. On Tuesday of this week, Ms. Eaton spoke at a rally in her state’s capitol, and we thought her message was so powerful, it was one worth sharing.
Watch Civil Rights Veteran Rosa Nell Eaton speaks at the 11th Wave Moral Monday rally at the North Carolina General Assembly here: