Accusation that Voter ID Is Racist Demeans Blacks

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While dining out last week, I periodically looked up at one of the television monitors to see the score of the first game of the NBA finals. As there was no sound on to interrupt diners’ conversations, the monitor was in caption mode: One could read rather than hear the words spoken. At the conclusion of the game, an announcer was interviewing a member of the victorious Miami Heat players. I saw from the captions the player saying the words “they isn’t.”

Closed captions display the words spoken. They don’t correct for poor grammar.

All I could think was: How can a grown man in America today say “they isn’t” rather than “they aren’t”?

First, how is it possible for anyone to graduate an American elementary school, not to mention a high school or, most incredibly, attend college, and leave with an inability to conjugate the verb “to be”?

Second, has anyone — a parent or another relative, a teacher, a friend, a coach — in that player’s life ever corrected his grammar?

I assume that the answer to the second question is “No.”

And I assume that the answers to both questions are related: The left, which dominates our culture and educational institutions, has too often lowered standards for black Americans. Even worse, it has declared that if you are black, “they isn’t” is not only not to be corrected, but many in academia have declared it an acceptable form of English, i.e., Ebonics, or Black English.

It doesn’t end.

I saw “they isn’t” the same week the Democrats and others on the left virtually unanimously condemned all Republican attempts in state legislatures to pass legislation requiring voters to show a photo ID. The Democrats labeled it a means of “disenfranchising” blacks. Many Democrats compared it to Jim Crow laws.

“Jim Crow, move over — the Wisconsin Republicans have taken your place,” charged Wisconsin Democratic State Sen. Bob Jauch, referring to his state’s new voter ID law.

It is hard to imagine a more demeaning statement about black America than labeling demands that all voters show a photo ID anti-black.

This is easily demonstrated. Imagine if some Democratic politician had announced that demanding a photo ID at the voting booth was an attempt to keep Jewish Americans from voting. No one would understand what the person was talking about. But why not? Jews vote almost as lopsidedly Democrat as do blacks. So why weren’t Jews included in liberal objections to voter ID laws?

We all know the answer. Jews are generally considered intelligent and therefore no one would assume that obtaining a photo ID was demanding too much of even poor Jews (yes, there are poor Jews).

Therefore, one can only infer that the argument that demanding photo ID for voting will disenfranchise many blacks suggests that many blacks lack the capacity to obtain a photo ID.

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  • trs6800

    Eventually a lot of left-supporting "underprivileged" will realize how seriously they're being dissed, and the backlash against the left will not be pretty.

  • trickyblain

    I've heard many a Southern Republican using "English" that's jacked-up beyond the point of Ebonics — while on the floor of Congress, no less. That Republicans would enable this butchery of the English language belies thier lack of Moral Clarity. No?

    It must be that Prager is a devout racist, then.

    • Tar_n_Feathers

      Jacked-up beyond the point of Ebonics? I doubt you've ever heard any such thing. Even one example would be surprising.

      • trickyblain

        See any speech by Strom Thurmond. That man made Pacman Jones sound like, well, Barack Obama.

        • Tar_n_Feathers

          Dude, I don't know what time warp you beamed down from, but Thurmond has been dead for 8 years. And trying to compare a man who entered politics in 1947 to a man who entered the NFL in 2005 is like comparing apples to uranium. At best.

    • rossensearchteam

      Black people talk does seem to be tied to their southern roots. But nobody has tried to label white trash mumbling as its own language yet.

      That would probably be racist.

    • Jim_C

      I don't know if Prager is a devout racist; but he has always been a devout moron.

      "Southern strategy," anyone?

      • Dennis X

        Watching a NBA player being interviewed, is that code for a Black man. When I vote, my name is matched in a registery with my name and address. And I must show my drivers lic. you want more? Low expections, prager has never heard of MOREHOUSE, HOWARD, SPELLMAN etc. you/ he always labels/ measures Black by those on the lower ecomonic scale. Are whites subject to the same perpective, ie you are defined only by your lowest earners.

  • rossensearchteam

    I dont see any problem with requiring ID to vote.
    I didn't know that you could vote without one?!

    That seems absurd.

    But Republicans ARE racist.

    Not every last conservative, but as a gestalt, as a political party, they are lead by racists and pander to knee-jerk racism.

    Just like you're doing on this website.

    And no, there aren't any poor Jews either.
    We stick together.

    (BTW: Liberals are also racist AND sexist. They HATE the white heterosexual male. Apparently everybody is.)

  • tanstaafl

    Given what we know about the numbers of illegal immigrants in this country, requiring a photo ID would seem to be common sense.

    • sedoanman

      Not if you want them to vote.

  • Don from B.C.

    Bizaare. Here in Canada, I am required by law to prove my identity, my residency and my citizenship each and every time I vote. If I'm on the voter list, then my citizenship has already been established as has my residency. However, if I am NOT on the voter list for my riding, then I must bring with me documents to prove my Citizenship (birth certificate, naturlization card or passport), my residence (bill addressed to a residence in the riding) and my government issued photo ID (such as a drivers license or passport).

    I cannot fathom how any locale can allow voting without proof of these things.

    And just because the issue of voter fraud is small, doesn't this person wish to eliminate it completely? Or are they okay with a "small amount of voter fraud"? And how much voter fraud is acceptable before they decide something must be done?

    And what happens when you have a vote that is decided by say 10 votes. What if 11 votes were fraudulent? Now you have a fraudulently elected representative. How can that possibly be okay?

    This reeks of lutefisk-smelling logic.

    • Jhon

      I have the same opinion with you, I think the left just want to use Vote Fraudulence to their advantage, I heard that is what happens at the US legislative election last year.

  • Guest

    If a voter is challenged and found to be fraudulant after the vote has already been run through the counter and counted then a vote is removed at random and the vote is recounted without that random vote. That randomly removed vote is most likely not the fraudulant vote in question. There would be 1 in the total number of votes cast that the random vote is the fraudulant vote. THIS METHOD of repair does not hold water! Voters must be challenged "before" their vote has been run through the machine and counted. This can only be done with a check of the voters ID and any supporting documentation. If there is any doubt or question then that vote and voter information must be placed in a seperate uncounted place. Then anyone with fruadulant registry in that pile must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

  • coyote3

    Don't understand this article and the comments to it. It may or not be that the voter identification laws are "racist". At this point it is irrelevant. The United States Supreme Court has held that voter identification laws, at least the photographic identification laws, are a power reserved to the state, and the state has a legitimate interest in this area. They are therefore, "constitutional".

  • Gman213

    One day a majority of blacks will wake up and realize that they are still slaves…to the democrats and "black leaders" who are the actual slave owners.

  • Larry Linn

    Perhaps you would also like to repeal the 15th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th Amendments to the Constitution, and reverse the Supreme Court decisions for Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections; South Carolina v. Katzenbach; Oregon v. Mitchell; as well as Dunn v. Blumstein.