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Monday, February 18, 2019

Local Newspaper Slaps McConnell For ‘Segregationist’ Speech On Voting Rights

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is freaking out over an effort by Democrats to make elections more fair, and his hometown newspaper noticed. In a scathing editorial, the Lexington Herald-Leader lambasted McConnell for making excuses for voter suppression that sound downright “segregationist.”

“Flushed out by Democrats who newly control the House, McConnell increasingly sounds like one of those segregationist lions of yore who roamed the Senate, cloaking their political self-interest in pious bluster about states’ rights and an oppressive federal government,” the Herald-Leader editorial board wrote.

McConnell is vehemently opposed to any congressional action which would curb Republican voter suppression efforts.…

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Frederick Douglass And Voting Rights

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

I have been reading — more accurately, listening to — David Blight’s new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” It is a welcome respite from the day’s news but also a sober reminder of a racial history that still scars America. Douglass emerges in the book as a far more complicated, occasionally unlikable hero of the anti-slavery movement. Brilliant, self-taught in the arts of literature and rhetoric, Douglass was a fugitive slave who became one of the most famous and important men of the 19th century. But it is Blight’s descriptions of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War that most moved me.…

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Voter Suppression Must Remain A Key Issue

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

Stacey Abrams, who will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, is a dynamic speaker, a skillful political organizer and a gifted legislator. Those qualities no doubt played a role in the decision to choose her to rebut President Donald J. Trump.

There is also little doubt that race and gender played a role. As a black woman who is a rising star in the Democratic Party, Abrams is a living, breathing symbol of its 21st-century identity as the party of inclusion. Now that Trump has completed his takeover of the Republican Party, it is wholly identified with Trumpism — nativism, Islamophobia, racism, white Christian nationalism.…

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