BY SAM FIELDS
On March 18th Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus announced a $10,000.000 public relations campaign to improve GOP relations with minorities.
Could be a positive for the GOP except for one thing….
At the same time, across town, Republican lawyers, were in The Supreme Court defending an Arizona statute that, requires voters to bring in documentation to prove they are “real Americans”.
The case was Arizona v Arizona Inter Tribal Council.
Not content with federal laws requiring an oath of citizenship to register to vote, Arizona’s Republican legislature passed, and Arizona’s Republican governor signed into law, a requirement that you prove you are a citizen to register to vote.
Now a Republican dominated Supreme Court will decide if this is Constitutional.
(I hope you caught the irony of the name plaintiff– “The Arizona Inter Tribal Council”. It’s the umbrella organization for Southwest Native Americans. With only 15,000 years in the ‘hood you definitely want to question their citizenship.)
Of course, the Arizona GOP’s real target is the growing population of Hispanics.
Rather than welcome Hispanics and incorporate their concerns, the GOP strategy has been to disenfranchise and intimidate them every way they can and drive them into the Democratic Party.
This Arizona statute is the latest in a long line of efforts of the conservative White majority (originally Southern Democrats and now Republicans) passing laws that disproportionately reduce minority voting.
Recent ID requirements and restrictions on early voting were efforts to suppress minority voting. Although Barack Obama won the last election, it is estimated thousands of minorities lost their right to vote because of the GOP-sponsored constraints.
Now, I know some of you think I’m wrong. These Republican laws are not intended to target minorities. They are neutral efforts to root out election fraud…notwithstanding that studies show any fraud is infinitesimal.
But, let me make it perfectly clear. It does not matter what you think.
On Election Day it only matters what minorities think. And right now, every fiber in their being tells them that the GOP is out to get them.
Hey Reince Preibus! Ten million for PR? I’d add a couple of zeros to that. I’m sure Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers can afford it.