At Tampa Bay dot com, Bill Maxwell, who worked with the SCLC to register black voters in the 1960s, remembers the roots of the gut out the vote effort:
As a child, I did not know any blacks who voted. We could not vote. I recognized an ugly irony up close: Several of my relatives who had served as Marines and soldiers during World War II and the Korean conflict could not vote after returning to U.S. soil. They were not alone. More than 500,000 blacks fought, and many died, as members of racially segregated units during World War II. More than 600,000 served during the Korean conflict. Many died.
To keep blacks out of voting booths back then, whites used practices that included poll taxes, proof of residency, physical intimidation and even murder.
The Republican Party has based its electoral fortunes on dressing bigotry in a nice new suit called “Voter ID.”
It’s still bigotry, still craven, corrupt, and contemptible.