As the United States becomes more diverse and Republicans see their grip on maintaining a white nationalist country slip away, they’ve turned to increasingly undemocratic methods and strategies that call us back to Jim Crow in order to maintain their power. Gerrymandering, literacy tests, poll taxes, exact match, closing polling stations, requiring IDs, and disenfranchising the formerly and currently incarcerated are just a handful of ways that elected officials have ensured that black and brown and poor Americans are kept from expressing their rightful political opinions, and continue to be considered second class citizens. …

Catherine Isabel West

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