Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Another Voter ID Horror Story
Meet Tyrone, 29, from North Minneapolis.
He is typical of most black residents of North Minneapolis. Chances are, he has no identification, and is probably in trouble with the law. A few weeks ago, we showed him Minnesota Majority's offensive online banner of a black convict, the illegal alien, a little old lady, and a corpse walking into the voting booth.
We asked Tyrone what he thought of the ad. At first, he said that he wasn't aware of the ad until we showed it to him, and then he said that the depiction of the black convict in the ad was offensive. Then, I explained to him that Republican-led Minnesota State Legislature were attempting to pass a law that would make it illegal for African-Americans to vote without identification.
"ONLY African-Americans must have ID?" He asked us angrily. "F......' Jim Crow Republicans!"
My associate told him that while all voters would need ID to vote in Minnesota, it would be especially discriminatory for African-Americans and Latinos.
"Why would it be discrimination if EVERYBODY has to show the ID?" he asked. My associate and I looked at each other, and gulped.
He looked at us, and his eyes turned red.
" Are you sayin' that we don't know how to get an ID? What the f...You guys think we're a bunch of idiots, or somethin'? I already got a driver's licence...." (He reached into his pocket, and pulled out his Minnesota Driver's Licence). "See THAT, Fool?"
It was then when my associate and I nearly wet ourselves.