In a letter they sent to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, 21 prominent black conservatives and civil rights leaders are standing behind Georgia’s new election law—and calling out the “Jim Crow” attacks on the law by political opponents on the left.
President Joe Biden himself even referred to the new election law as a form of “Jim Crow.”
But the black conservative leaders reject such inflammatory rhetoric, noting that critics of the law have replaced “hysteria for judgment.”
They explain that the new bill “will help rebuild voter confidence and make sure every vote counts.”
“To compare today’s policy differences with the literal life-and-death struggle of previous generations is to diminish those heroes’ struggle, sacrifice, and enormous accomplishments,” the black leaders also write, in part. “It is past time for today’s generation to come together in an honest, civil, and straightforward way to protect these shared values of voter access and election integrity.”
Among the letter’s authors are civil rights leader and evangelist Alveda C. King; former Georgia representative Vernon Jones, who is running for governor in 2022; Bruce Levell, former advocate at the Small Business Administration; Ken Blackwell, former ambassador to the United Nations; Niger Innis, national spokesperson, Congress on Racial Equality; and Kay James, president of the American Heritage Foundation.
The letter’s authors also say about voting in America in 2021, “It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. Sadly, the public discourse about Georgia’s new voting reforms has not been civil, fair, nor honest. Politically motivated attacks against the new law have generated much heat, but little light.”
They also write, “The real agenda behind these attacks on Georgia’s new election law and the smears against supporters of voter identification is to create the political environment for a sweeping new power grab by folks in Washington. Of course, all of this is being done under the guise of expanding voting access. The reality is it is an unprecedented attempt to take control of our elections, and have taxpayers pay for political campaigns. Yes, tucked into the mammoth 800-page bill HR1 is a little provision where taxpayers will be forced to subsidize the campaigns of the very politicians now supporting HR1. What a massive conflict of interest.”
The letter was sent to Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Read the entire letter here.
The new Georgia election bill became law late last month when GOP Gov. Brian Kemp signed it. The legislative reforms strengthen the voting process in the Peach State, allowing more flexibility for Georgia’s voters and enhancing the integrity of election results—even as many on the left mischaracterize the law as “voter suppression” or worse.
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—By CNJ Staff