As Republicans gathered in Tampa, FL for their national convention, the country once again turned its eyes to a state that has become synonymous with voter suppression efforts which include discriminatory voter purges, strict voter ID laws which create undue burdens on voters, ex-felon disenfranchisement, and a calculated curtailing of the rights of third parties to register new voters in the state.
In an editorial in The Root, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson highlights the hypocrisy of a GOP convention platform that is rooted in the calculated discrimination of people of color by peppering their speakers' list with high-profile Republicans of color:
"The GOP's ability to find and give a platform to those few, powerful people of color who willfully ignore their party's attempts to silence their own communities does not invalidate or distract from the blatant discrimination that drives these voter-ID and restricted-voting laws. It simply reinforces the hypocrisy of a party that is busy making a show of its own fair, democratic process in a state where it is working hard to make sure no such thing takes place on Nov. 6."
Read the full article here and share widely.