Racial Disparity Does Not Mean Racial Discrimination
Writer LaShawn Barber wrote an op-ed
challenging critics of voter ID for turning the voter ID issue into a racial
issue. Barber points out a critical flaw
in voter ID critics’ arguments: “a
racial disparity is not evidence of racial discrimination.” These laws do not
single out black voters, or any other specific race.
Barber’s op-ed raises some legitimate questions:
What is preventing these “voters of
color” from acquiring a photo ID card? In what way are they different from
their “White counterparts”? These are the kind of questions every black
American should be asking, not just a handful that includes me. Where is the
righteous indignation at being portrayed as helpless children? The only people
who should take issue with voter ID laws are those who intend to perpetrate a
fraud. No responsible, law-abiding citizen should have any problem with such
So what’s the reason for pulling out the race card? Barber offers a reason:
It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to
figure out why liberals engage in such hyperbole and condescension. Ninety
percent of black voters choose Democrats, and if portraying them as eternally
oppressed victims of racism and bias gets them to the polls, so be it.
Democrats are causing an uproar over voter ID to shamefully
serve their own electoral ends.