NAACP Head: Voting Rights Diminished In Aftermath of Jan. 6th, White Supremacy Endures

Voting Rights and Jan. 6th
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Our nation stands at a critical inflection point. We are commemorating the anniversary of one of our nation’s darkest days – the deadly Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021. At the same time, the nation is bracing for a frightening reality in which electoral maps are set to be redrawn without voting rights protections, for the first time since 1965.

Jan. 6 is not merely about former President Donald Trump's failed grasp for everlasting power. That day also shows the fragility of our democracy. And it would be hypocritical for either side of the political aisle to blame the other. White supremacists attempted a coup live on national television to block the counting of presidential election votes.

And now the party in control of both houses of Congress has failed to get legislation to the president that would protect the voting rights of Americans. They could do this alone, but a select few are choosing to sacrifice this dire civil rights concern for the optics of bipartisanship.

Bipartisanship is wonderful when it works. But it must never come at the cost of democracy. Our democracy is in crisis.

And in times of crisis, the actions of extremists – like those who stormed the Capitol – and mainstream politicians who refuse to defend the franchise have garnered the same, dangerous result. In this case, an attempt to diminish the basic democratic right to vote. Read more.

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