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MUHAMMAD: Voter ‘Integrity’ Another Word for Race Hate

Let me be perfectly clear. The recent national wave of state laws to ensure “accountability” in the voting process has absolutely nothing to do with the integrity of the electoral process and everything to do with maintaining white supremacy in the country’s governance. Period.

Never mind the 300 or so laws proposed in statehouses around the country, just remember this incident from a couple of elections ago, even before Donald J. Trump and the Republikkkans in Georgia were decisively routed from power.

An elderly Black woman, in Alabama I think it was, had worked as a maid in the state capitol building, literally for decades, but was not permitted to vote because she didn’t have a driver’s license.

That’s unbelievable. She had ID sufficient to permit her to clean the filthy chambers of the legislature, but was not permitted to vote?! Election officials wanted to defend against “voter fraud?” She’s like the millions of Black people in particular who are in danger of being challenged and prevented from voting by the new wave of voter ID requirements. These Black souls didn’t pack themselves into boats to cross the Atlantic so they could sneak into practically every state in the union, learn English, get jobs and residences just so they could illegally vote against racist tyrants masquerading as patriots.

Yes. Black folks were packed into boats and transported to this country, but not so they could illegally vote in some jive elections where wicked White folks are being removed from governing positions. Naw. Naw. Naw. Voter fraud is a myth.

The conservative Heritage Foundation has unearthed a total of 1,285 voter fraud cases, dating back to the 1980s, a timespan when hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of ballots were cast. On the other hand, there were 20,000 gun deaths in this country in 2020 alone, and not a single measure to tighten ID requirements for gun ownership has even a snowball’s chance in hell of making it into law.

But the Big White Lie persists. In Texas, a leaked video reveals a Harris County Republican official urged his party to create an “army” of poll watchers made up of 10,000 people from Houston’s majority-white suburbs. The unnamed official says the poll watchers should mobilize on Election Day in predominantly Black and brown communities in Houston. For what? To suppress legitimate votes, that’s what!

“We’ve got to get folks in these suburbs out here that have, you know, a lot of Republican folks that got to have the courage. If we don’t do that, you know, this fraud down in here is really going to continue,” the unnamed Harris County Repugnikkkan said on the secretly recorded video obtained by Common Cause Texas. Fraud?

These guys don’t give a hoot about electoral fraud. They certainly don’t care about democracy in this society. What they really care about is maintaining control of the political system in the hands of trustworthy white officials who will put the interests of the White Tribe before everything else. And if you don’t understand that, reread the first paragraph of this article.

The underlying meaning of this debate is not unlike the contempt in the arguments against a higher minimum wage, especially when CEO pay is skyrocketing through the roof, even as worker productivity increases and some CEOs cause their companies to lose value rather than gain it. What they mean when they oppose the minimum wage is: “If I could get away with paying my workers LESS, I would do just that.”

In the voting discussion, if the ruling elite could preserve the image of a democratic society by allowing even fewer citizens to choose the leaders, hardly anyone would be allowed to vote.

These scoundrels have done the arithmetic. They’ve figured out that if all the eligible voters cast ballots, their wicked policies would be defeated, so they’re not waiting until it’s too late, they’re cheating now, before they have to use troops, guns, mace, water canons and SWAT teams to suppress mass uprisings of the people. They enjoy being able to boast of their nonexistent electoral “freedom.”

But no one perpetrating these tactics would dare call it “voter suppression.” No. they are protecting the system against “fraud.” After the 2020 election and all of his baseless claims of “fraud” which “stole” his electoral victory from him, The Donald’s tricks and ploys prove that white folks are committed to staying in power, even if they shred all the pretense of fairness and simply have to cheat in order to maintain their power. Their power.

Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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