How Prisoner Voting Rights Issue Unpacks Larger Issues of Racial Democracy

At a recent CNN town hall, Anderson Cooper asked the juggernaut Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg if he supported the rights of incarcerated people to vote. His response that he did not inspired cheers and applause from the mostly white audience, while the lone expression of dissent was an audible gasp from Kenya Hunter, an African American graduate student in journalism at Emerson College.

Hunter’s gasp speaks volumes not just about the abiding racial divide in this country but also about the stubborn…



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