Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law

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(CNN) – Texas election officials can go ahead and enforce a controversial voter identification law opposed by the Obama administration and civil rights groups, the U.S. Supreme Court said early Saturday. The decision comes just two days before early voting begins in the state. A civil rights leader reacted harshly to the ruling, calling it an “affront to our democracy.”

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Let’s all refer this as another shameful moment in history for America. I would like to say I’m surprised, but Maury Povich would probably pop up on this post and determine ‘that was a lie!’

From law enforcement to local officials to the US Supreme court, America seems keen on continuing this discriminatory relationship against minorities. I hate that word! It’s classist in itself. But thanks to some hateful people of the fairer variety, those of a certain social class are forced to live under the label.

I’m at a lost at how America can stand as the most prominent example of democracy in the world, yet democracy is only viable when it benefits those who control it.

How, in all things logical,  is it more acceptable to vote with a gun Id over a student Id? What kind of subliminal message is Texas sending here? Let me take a stab at it. A few of the hottest topics on the American table these days are gun control, race relations, judicial inequality, and with the heavy turn out of minorities in this last presidential election, voter suppression. What an iniquitous, yet totally genius way for Texas to take the lead in addressing all of these by smoothly rolling out their new Voter Id law just a few days prior to election.

Let’s see. Texas is a gun state that hails the NRA as their 21st century savior. They are also front-runners in America’s terrible race on destroying race relations. If you have any type of tan on your skin, please don’t commit a crime in Texas or put yourself in a position to be assumed of committing one. Also, Texas is strong on the Republican side. And, let’s face it, they’ve been known to support all of the above. That’s no praise to the democratic party either. They have roots in race hate and inequality too. But I digress on that argument. Back to Texas.

By now you’ve probably paused in reading this and have googled the acceptable forms of Texas voter id:

-Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
-Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
-Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
-Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
-United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
-United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photographUnited States passport (Source: Texas Voting)

Seems fair, right? Well, over 600,000 to 800,000 minorities (including Latinos and women), who would control the vote in this November’s election in Texas, have neither. (Source: The Nation) All parties, including the Supreme Court, involved in pushing the law forward, were aware of this before the law was approved.

I’d like to be the first to congratulate Texas on pulling off this flawless victory in discrimination. I haven’t witnessed this type of maniacal marvelousness since Bush robbed Gore in the 2000 Florida Presidential election. Fantastic I tell you! America is on a roll! Unfortunately, for us Americans who actually care about fairness for all, this is just one more example of how the evil powers that be attempt to silence our voices and manipulate our very existence.

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Naomi C. Kellogg

Naomi is an emerging screenwriter and novelist who writes fiction, nonfiction, and dramas. She’s written for a national magazine, run a blog, and headed the communications department for a 501c3 corporation. Naomi is actively completing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is a member of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW), St. Petersburg Chapter, where she hopes to inspire young African-American women who aspire to write.

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